When two-year-old German shepherd Koda went missing on Anzac Day, his owner, Blake Richardson of Manly, began the search.
He never imagined the enormous community support that would follow, which included a dedicated Facebook page with 6500 followers, people searching all day, and offers of food and other items.
The 20-year-old builder put up a $1000 reward for the dog’s return, but says that is not the main reason why people across Rodney and the Hibiscus Coast reached out to help. Key to the search has been the Facebook page, ‘Find Koda the German Shepherd’, started by Leanne Coste of Helensville, who lives near where Koda disappeared. “So many complete strangers have been part of this, it’s incredible,” Blake says.
The search first focused on Riverhead Forest, but Blake says he believes his dog may have left there now, hoping to get home to Manly or Kaukapakapa, where Blake’s parents live. “It’s been a couple of weeks, but I’m still very hopeful he’ll be found,” Blake says. “He has enough strength to get through it.”
As Mahurangi Matters went to print, Koda was still missing. If you see a lost German shepherd that could be Koda, call 021 262 7059, take a photo, note your location and try to keep eyes on him. Pictured is Blake with Koda.