The Summit Lost Pet Rescue group barks in every tree in Georgetown and sniffs out the lost dog

Luna was missing for about two weeks in July 2022 before Summit Lost Pet Rescue was able to help reunite her with her owners.
Natalie Cairo/Courtesy Photo

Losing a pet can be heartbreaking, especially among mountains fraught with dangers like mountain lions, bears, and Interstate 70. In a land where hikers can get lost, it can be hard for pet owners to imagine their furry friends returning to them after going missing. for weeks at a time.

However, Summit Lost Pet Rescue hopes to ease that concern. Already in 2022, he helped more than a hundred local pets to return to their owners, including Luna, the dog who disappeared for two weeks.

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The dogs were let loose on Thursday, June 30, Izzay Cairo said, recalling the next test. A maintenance crew arrived that day to work on her sister’s house in Georgetown. She had no idea how the dogs got out the door, but either way, the team called her sister, Natalie Cairo, around 4:30 p.m. that afternoon to tell her the worst news as she tried to enjoy the parade. Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup. in denver

Zeus was led back inside, Natalie was told, but Luna had thrown herself into Lake Georgetown. The maintenance team told her that they followed Luna a mile to the dam but were unable to reach her.

Without hesitation, Izzy said, her sister hurried home from Denver to Georgetown. She returned to Georgetown that night and began looking for Luna.

Mountain lions and bears had been seen wandering around Georgetown, raising fears not only for Luna’s safety, but also for Natalie and Izzy’s well-being. The pair did not set out on foot, but instead searched from their car, which limited the amount of ground they could cover.

The next morning, his search began in full. The sisters posted photos of Luna on all social media and sent messages to as many people as they could.

“We probably walked a total of 15 miles,” Izzy said. The sisters put up posters all over Georgetown. They walked around Lake Georgetown three or four times. They handed out flyers and took advantage of the Fourth of July crowds to spread the word, placing flyers on windshields and speaking to anyone who would listen.

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The news reached Summit Lost Pet Rescue via its Georgetown volunteer, Debbie Butler, on July 3. She reached out to the sisters after seeing their post about a missing dog on Nextdoor. It was she who taught the sisters what they needed to know to find Luna: the cartwheel technique, calming techniques for when they find her, and more courtesy of Lost Pet Rescue’s knowledge library curated by their pet detectives. trained.

Armed with a better education, the Cairos took the “right” steps to reunite with Luna. They spread familiar scents in a cartwheel pattern around Georgetown: old socks, clothes, dog toys, and other things to remind Luna of her home. The sisters were just beginning to make rational decisions, Izzy said. The anxious adrenaline had worn off and they were thinking clearly.

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

But just as they were making progress, the COVID-19 virus interrupted their search. First Natalie, then Izzy got sick, as did her mother and her brother, who came to help search for Luna. Everyone involved became homebodies and the search had to turn from the streets of Georgetown to adoption websites and message boards. Izzy said her sister called every shelter within a hundred mile radius of Georgetown.

“During all this time, we had no credible sightings,” Izzy said. For two weeks, the sisters had heard nothing, and with that much time, it was possible that Luna had reached Denver. “But we didn’t lose hope.”

On Thursday, July 14, exactly two weeks after Luna left, the sisters received their first glimmer of hope. A Good Samaritan called Summit Lost Pet Rescue around 11:20 am to say that he saw what might have been Luna on the northwest side of Interstate 70 near the water tower.

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

“There were a lot of places for her to take refuge there,” Izzy said.

But they trusted the lead and decided to leave out some water and more mature laundry with home scents. And they left behind a remote camera that would be replaced a day later by a different camera whose live feed can be connected to any smartphone or device.

The new camera, installed on July 15, could detect movement and alert users immediately. But throughout the day, he did not collect anything.

With no news since the July 14 notice, Izzy had a feeling. He opened the app on his phone and checked the live stream on a whim around 11 pm He saw something skinny and hairy. She thought she caught a glimpse of Luna’s tail.

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

Suppressing her excitement, Izzy didn’t run to Ella. Instead, she walked in the opposite direction with Zeus at her side. She sat on the ground a short distance away and played with Zeus. She gave Zeus jerky, attention, and affection in an attempt to woo Luna on her own terms.

The plan worked. Luna finally approached her own time to see what Zeus and Izzy were up to. A quick click of the leash later and Luna was back to her master. That night, Izzy said that Luna never left her side, and the two of them spent the entire night together on the couch.

After a visit to the vet’s office, Luna emerged from her misadventure with a broken toe, some fleas, and a tick in her ear.

Since then, he has been drinking water, eating small portions of food, and resting while he regains his health. Luna lost more than a third of her body weight, dropping from 57 pounds to just over 39 pounds over the course of her two-week escapade, Natalie said.

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

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Luna, photographed on July 15, goes to bed the night she returned home. She lost nearly 18 pounds in her two weeks away from home.
Izzy Cairo/Courtesy photo

The rescue group reports that it is close to the perfect record

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

Ciullo is also a volunteer with the Summit County Rescue Group and used his experience as a human rescuer to guide the creation of the Summit Lost Pet Rescue.

The group organizes and conducts “missions” as the Summit County Rescue Group, with mission coordinators. Volunteers and teams are organized by city and can be sent at any time.

“Even (if) it’s three in the morning, we’ll send as many people as we can after we get a sighting,” Davis said.

Davis shared the results of the group’s mission to date. As of July 22, the group has carried out 121 “rescue missions” with a success rate of 93% as of July 22. Only nine pets remain to be found, Davis said.

Of the 22 lost indoor cats from 2022, 21 have been found and only one, a current mission, is still on the loose as of July 22.

Of the 15 indoor and outdoor cats lost in 2022, only seven have been found and eight are still missing as of July 22. Indoor and outdoor cats’ tendency to roam makes them hard to find, Davis said. The eight missing cats are still part of active quests.

All dog-related quests ended with the search for the pet in 2022. Some dog quests involved more than one dog, Davis said. In total, 89 dogs have been found in the 84 missions in 2022.

Davis noted that not all successful “finds” are happy endings. Three pets were found dead in 2022, she said.

If anyone wants to learn more or report a lost pet, Davis encourages people to check out the group’s website at