Missing George the Schnauzer’s owner overwhelmed by ‘sheer compassion’ of strangers in 7-day search for pooch


A Lurgan teacher says she has been left ‘stunned’ by the kindness of hundreds of strangers who have helped search for her missing pooch.

George the Schnauzer-cross escaped from Jenny Hanna’s Portrush caravan last Tuesday morning (October 27) on the family’s half term holiday.

Despite various sightings and a reward for his safe return, her “cheeky wee terrier” has still not been found.

Drone photographers have been helping search for George

Jenny explained: “George got out when a gust of wind blew the door of the caravan open and he dashed off.”

It is understood the much loved pet was spotted all over Portrush on Tuesday, but by the time his family arrived, he had moved on.

The Lurgan JHS teacher said hundreds, including three drone photographers, have helped to look for her pet of three-and-a-half years following a social media appeal.

“Within a few hours my post had been shared nearly 1,500 times. Strangers were contacting me to say they were searching for George,” she said.

“Soon news of George had gone viral and people from all over NI were sharing his missing poster online. I was receiving message of support and encouragement, together with offers to search for George nearly every hour of the days that followed. People were out searching on Tuesday until midnight and beyond.

“I was stunned at the lengths people went to in order to try and find my cheeky wee terrier.”

Hundreds are said to have joined co-ordinated searches for George in Portrush and Portstewart on Friday, October 30.

Jenny and George

“I am overwhelmed by the kindness of complete strangers and of family and friends who joined us in searching for George on Friday,” added Jenny.

“Teams of searchers scoured from Portstewart to Bushmills checking for George. We even had three drone aerial photographers who volunteered their services and searched from on-high for our boy.

“I have truly experienced the kindness of NI people this week. My sincere thanks to all who reached out either online or in person!

“The COVID virus has been such a difficult time for NI and many have struggled through this terrible experience. However, I have been blown away by the sheer compassion and generosity of all who have given their time to help look for George.

George

“People seemed to have found a shared compassion during this pandemic… and have pulled together to reach out to my wee dog!”

Despite being back in the classroom, the search for Jenny’s “wee dog” continues.

“I got George three and a half years ago from Almost Home Animal Rescue, Moira. He is a dearly-loved companion,” she said.

“I am appealing for anyone who may have lifted George around the North Coast area last Tuesday – they may not realise we are desperate to find him.

“Please get in touch via our Facebook Page ‘Help Find George’.

“Perhaps you live locally and could check your garden, outhouses or sheds for any signs of him sheltering during our recently awful weather?”

She posted on Facebook today: “Into day 7 missing. I’m back at school this morning but I’m so grateful to the numbers of volunteers who are searching the North Coastal areas today! 

“George has got to be somewhere! Keep the faith!”





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