Although an aerial search of the Saucon Valley last weekend did not produce any sightings of Ruby--a greyhound who's been missing in the area for more than two months--the determination of her family and volunteers to find her hasn't waivered.
According to the frequently updated Facebook page "Ruby the Lost Greyhound," the next tactic planned is a costly canine search to be led by a "Lost Pet Professional."
Donations to help fund that search are now being accepted by the nonprofit Brave Tide Foundation, which also helped Ruby's owners--the Hoffman family of Allentown--with the resources that were needed for the Jan. 19 aerial search.
According to its website, the Boyertown-based foundation "is a non-profit charitable organization committed to strategic humanitarian efforts including: rescue and relocation of animals that are abandoned, neglected, or otherwise in need; emergency preparedness and recovery; and financial aid to support educational programs for economically disadvantaged individuals."
Funds donated to the Brave Tide Foundation via its PayPal page and through the mail will go directly to funding a professional ground search team, according to the foundation's website.
Meanwhile, in advance of the ground canine search, local volunteers are planning another sign and flyer blitz this Sunday in the Hellertown area.
Anyone who wants to help with the blitz should meet at Water Street Parkat 10am.
The last confirmed sighting of Ruby was in Lower Saucon Township, near Lehigh University's Goodman Campus, in mid-December.
However, there have been reports of unconfirmed sightings near Hellertown in the intervening weeks, which is why another flyer blitz is needed in the area.
Ruby is white, 10 years old, and weighs about 50 pounds. She has a scar underneath one eye and a cropped tail (she is a former racing dog).
Anyone who spots her is asked not to chase her, as she is shy. Reports of sightings should be called in to 484-788-8580.
She has been missing since Nov. 13, and a reward is being offered for her return.
To help spread the word of Ruby's disappearance, local residents are being asked to like and share the Facebook page that has become a centralized online information hub for the search.
As of Friday, the number of likes the page has so far received had swelled to more than 1,000.