Birchington fundraise for Missing Dogs and Strays in Thanet

Many of us are loving and caring pet owners, but a sudden loud noise and an unlocked door can spell trouble to even those who take the utmost care of our beloved four-legged friends.


Let’s not beat around the bush, a missing pet is devastating. However, with the help of friends and family and the community behind Missing Dogs and Strays in Thanet many extended family members have been returned safe and sound.


To help the group find and bring our furry friends home even quicker and safer, Laura Sullivan, a local resident from Garlinge, and with permission from Purdy’s owners from Birchington Pet Shop, decided to set up a fundraiser in memory of their dog Purdy for a handheld thermal molecular device.


We caught up with Laura to find out a little more about the device, the selfless group of volunteers and the amazing support received from the community helping raise £2,500: “I got involved in Missing Dogs and Strays after my own dog Suki (sadly passed away now) got spooked and run home so knew that dogs can and will do this, and understood how a family would feel.

“The family of Purdy were so distraught after her body was found and we felt together that something good should come from something so tragic.

“I’d been in talks with other missing animal teams around the country and felt that this piece of equipment would be vital to lost dogs in Thanet, especially after borrowing one for Teddy, a dog who survived 38 days on the railway.

“[The device] is basically a piece of kit that shows the body heat of an animal and is so good you can tell exactly what that animal is, even down to a hedgehog. It will help us to see further than we can with the infrared torches and identify the animal seen to enable either capture by trapping or by a family member taking time to gain trust again, depending on each situation.”


Speaking about the important and potentially life-changing work the group do, Laura explains: “Missing Dogs and Strays is a vital group in Thanet and the dedication of the community to help get a missing dog home astounds me every time, they seriously are amazing. A massive thank you to all that helped raise the funds in memory of a lovely dog Purdy who is missed so very much. Purdy’s eye will help so many other families with lost dogs.”


To find out more about the group make your way over to Missing Dogs and Strays in Thanet (MDST).

by Callum Knowles

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