Our job is to get Tide home without injury to any person, animal, or damage to any property. So please observe all of the following:
• Work safely and respect private property.
• Remember that volunteers are not extremely likely to see Tide personally, so we need to post flyers and hand out our number so when someone else sees her, s/he knows where to call.
• Work with a partner whenever possible, watching each other's back for traffic or other hazards.
• Wear appropriate clothing - safe footwear, bright outerwear, etc. High-visibility clothing is encouraged even though we don't want anyone standing in the road.
• Please do not bring additional dogs. Another dog might help attract Tide once she's located -- but risks of having additional dogs in the field might outweigh the benefits. Anyone with a dog along needs to take special care of it with the weather, car travel, etc. Tide's greyhound housemate is nearby and available if we reach the point where we need a dog.
• Having a leash and collar along never hurts.
• Please do bring any tools/supplies you have handy; particularly stapleguns and staples and clear packing tape.
• Make a flyer visible in your vehicle window wherever it doesn't block vision; this will help other volunteers and public recognize your connection with this project.
• Post flyers (or fix existing ones) where they are easily visible to stopped or slow-moving traffic, or pedestrians. Staple all four corners, avoiding trees and not obscuring any signs or reflective materials. Protect flyers from weather with a plastic page protector placed upside-down so the opening is at the bottom.
• Do not post flyers on private property without permission. If you secure permission and post somewhere private, please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org
) so we can add it to the notification list and check off its removal later.
• DO NOT PLACE FLYERS IN OR ATTACH THEM IN ANY WAY TO A U.S. POSTAL MAILBOX. A number of neighborhood mailboxes have attached or nearby newspaper slots, which can be tried if a flyer seems like it won't blow away.
• DO NOT TAPE FLYERS TO PAINTED SURFACES SUCH AS CITY SIGNPOSTS OR STREETLAMPS. We can brief some tricks to get flyers in these spots without doing any damage. We've mainly seen good flyering targets: brushed metal light poles, bare metal signposts, wooden utility poles and 4x6 or 4x4 wodden highway sign posts.
• Give the hotline phone number (business card-sized slips can be printed from the website) to anyone personally contacted. Please thank all persons contacted, and assure them that all flyers will be removed.
• Call the number on the flyer if you see Tide, if you see an unsafe situation, or you have anything else to report.
• If you see Tide, go ahead and secure her if she approaches. If Tide won't approach, do not chase her. Please: watch for danger, hold a perimeter, and call the hotline so we can line up a safe capture attempt. Responding volunteers may be asked to dial into a conference call to coordinate efforts if wider-area communications are needed.
Please check in and out of the area with us so we know who's where and can tell you where supplies are located: Texts are preferred at 414-301-2599, but we're grateful for your help and voice calls are okay, too. The MAP has information on where we need help, and by checking in we can make sure we're covering what we need in the order we need it.