Summit Lost Pet Rescue group barks up every tree in Georgetown, sniffs out lost dog

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Luna was lost for about two weeks in July 2022 before Summit Lost Pet Rescue was capable of help reunite her along with her owners.
Natalie Cairo/Courtesy photo

Losing a pet may be heartbreaking, especially amongst mountains filled with dangers like mountain lions, bears and Interstate 70. In a land where hikers can lose their way, it will possibly be hard for pet owners to assume their furry friends returning to them after disappearing for weeks at a time. 

Yet Summit Lost Pet Rescue hopes to alleviate that worry. Already in 2022, it’s helped over 100 local pets return to their owners — even Luna, the dog who disappeared for 2 weeks.

The seek for Luna

The dogs got loose on Thursday, June 30, Izzay Cairo said, as she recalled the next ordeal. A maintenance crew got here by that day to work on her sister’s home in Georgetown. She had no idea how the dogs slipped out the door, but either way, the crew called her sister, Natalie Cairo, around 4:30 p.m. that afternoon to inform her the worst news while she was attempting to benefit from the Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup parade in Denver.

Zeus was shepherded back inside, they told Natalie, but Luna had darted off toward Georgetown Lake. The upkeep crew told her they followed Luna a mile to the dam but couldn’t catch her.

Without hesitation, Izzy said, her sister sped home from Denver to Georgetown. She arrived back in Georgetown that evening and began trying to find Luna.

Mountain lions and bears had been seen wandering around Georgetown, adding fears not just for Luna’s safety but for Natalie and Izzy’s well-being, too. The pair wouldn’t exit on foot, but fairly searched from their automobile, limiting the quantity of ground they might cover.

The following morning, their search began in full. The sisters posted photos of Luna throughout social media and messaged as many individuals as they might.

“We probably walked a complete of 15 miles,” Izzy said. The sisters put up posters throughout Georgetown. They walked around Georgetown Lake three or 4 times. They handed out fliers and took advantage of July Fourth crowds to spread the message, laying fliers on windshields and talking with anyone who would listen.

The news found its technique to Summit Lost Pet Rescue through its Georgetown volunteer, Debbie Butler, on July 3. She reached out to the sisters after seeing their lost-dog post on Nextdoor. It was she who taught the sisters what they needed to know to seek out Luna: the wagon wheel technique, calming techniques for once they would find her and more information courtesy of Lost Pet Rescue’s library of information curated by its trained pet detectives.

Armed with a greater education, the Cairos took the “correct” steps to reunite themselves with Luna. They laid out familiar scents in a wagon wheel pattern around Georgetown — old socks, clothes, dog toys and other things to remind Luna of home. The sisters were just now starting to make rational decisions, Izzy said. The anxious adrenaline had worn off, they usually were pondering clearly.

Izzy Cairo rests with Luna and Zeus.
Natalie Cairo/Courtesy photo

But just as they were making progress, the COVID-19 virus disrupted their search. First Natalie, then Izzy became sick, as did their mom and brother who got here up to help within the hunt for Luna. Everyone involved became homebodies, and the search had to maneuver from the streets of Georgetown to adoption web sites and messaging boards. Izzy said her sister dialed up all shelters inside 100 miles of Georgetown.

“During all this time, we didn’t have any credible sightings,” Izzy said. For 2 weeks the sisters hadn’t heard anything and with a lot time passing it became possible Luna had made it to Denver. “But we didn’t lose hope.”

On Thursday, July 14, exactly two weeks after Luna ran off, the sisters received their first glimmer of hope. samaritan called Summit Lost Pet Rescue around 11:20 a.m. to say he saw what can have been Luna on the northwest side of Interstate 70 near the water tower.

Moving quickly, the sisters met with Georgetown rescue volunteer Butler and Lost Pet Rescue co-founder Melissa Davis on the water tower later that day. They searched the world. They looked in and around abandoned cars and located nothing.

“There was a whole lot of places for her to take shelter there,” Izzy said.

But they trusted the lead and decided to pass over some water and more clothes ripe with scents of home. They usually left a distant camera that will get replaced a day later with a special camera whose live feed can hook up with any smartphone or device.

The brand new camera, installed July 15, could detect motion and alert users immediately. But throughout the day, it picked up nothing.

With no news for the reason that tip on July 14, Izzy got a sense in her gut. She opened the app on her phone and checked the live feed on a whim around 11 p.m. She saw something thin and furry. She thought she caught a glimpse of Luna’s tail.

Inspired, Izzy returned to the junkyard, armed with a collar, leash and a squeaky toy, along along with her sister and her recent comrade, Butler.

Quelling her excitement, Izzy didn’t run to Luna. As a substitute, she wandered in the wrong way with Zeus at her side. She took a seat on the bottom a brief distance away and played with Zeus. She gave Zeus jerky, attention and affection in an try and attract Luna on her own terms.

The plan worked. Luna eventually strolled over on her own time to see what Zeus and Izzy were as much as. One quick click of the leash later and Luna was back along with her owners. That night, Izzy said Luna never left her side, and the 2 spent the entire night on the couch together.

After a visit to the veterinarian’s office, Luna exited her misadventure with one broken toe, a number of fleas and one tick in her ear.

Since then she’s been drinking water, eating food in small portions and resting as she returns to full health. Luna dropped greater than a 3rd of her body weight, going from 57 kilos to only over 39 kilos over the course of her two-week escapade, Natalie said.

“Most pets make a full recovery,” Davis said. Izzy said Luna’s health has been steadily improving.

Luna, pictured on July 15, lays down on the night she returned home. She lost almost 18 kilos in her two weeks away from home.
Izzy Cairo/Courtesy photo

Rescue group reports near paw-fect record

Summit Lost Pet Rescue has returned 376 pets to their owners since January 2020, the group reported recently. It operates like its role model, the human-focused Summit County Rescue Group, conducting missions with volunteer mission coordinators, group co-founder Brandon Ciullo said.

Ciullo volunteers for Summit County Rescue Group too and used his experience as a human rescuer to guide the creation of Summit Lost Pet Rescue.

The group organizes and conducts “missions” like Summit County Rescue Group, with mission coordinators. Volunteers and teams are organized by town and may be dispatched at a moment’s notice.

“Even (if) it’s three within the morning, we’ll dispatch as many individuals as we are able to after we get a sighting,” Davis said.

Davis shared the group’s year-to-date mission results. As of July 22, the group conducted 121 “rescue missions” with a 93% success rate as of July 22. Only nine pets are yet to be found, Davis said.

Of 2022’s 22 lost indoor cats, 21 have been found with just one — a current mission — still on the loose as of July 22.

Of 2022’s 15 lost indoor-outdoor cats, only seven have been found and eight are still missing as of July 22. The penchant of indoor-outdoor cats to roam makes finding them difficult, Davis said. The eight unfound cats are still a part of energetic missions.

All dog-related missions have resulted in the pet being present in 2022. Some dog missions have involved a couple of dog, Davis said. In total, 89 dogs have been found across the 84 missions in 2022.

Davis did note not all successful “finds” are completely satisfied endings. Three pets were found dead in 2022, she said.

If someone desires to learn more or report a lost pet, Davis encourages people to ascertain out the group’s website at LostPetRescue.org.