|A beautiful Lab that ended up in our shelter|
If the unthinkable should happen and your pet disappears, time is of the essence so act quickly. Spend a couple of hours searching the area where your pet was last seen, but if you can’t find her, here are some steps you should take.
- If your pet is micro-chipped contact the recovery service right away to alert them that she is missing. They may be able to assist in recovery by alerting area shelters and vets.
- You should have good quality updated photos of your pet, especially when traveling. Photos should clearly show your pet's face and body and should be in color, a black and white photo isn’t very effective. Create flyers with color photos, details of your pet, and contact information. Pass them out to all the neighbors within 10 or 20 blocks. That way neighbors will have the photo to refer to if they should see your pet. Post them in grocery stores, area veterinary offices, and other central places near where your dog went missing.
- When you search the area check schools, malls, wooded areas, yards, and places with sheds or barns they might use for shelter. Check areas that may be appealing to a dog or cat to hide in or get fresh water, shade or warmth. Try to think like your pet and check places or routes they may recognize. As you search, call her name, use a favorite squeaky toy & make other familiar noises.
- Go online and post quality color photos and details about your lost pet. You can post on Petfinder.com, Craigslist, your local newspaper web site, Fidofinder.com, and other sites. Do a “lost and found dogs or cats” search online to locate other sites you can post photos and details on. Also check the Found Dog or Cat sections to see if someone has listed your pet as found.
|A group of little dogs that ended up in our shelter|
- Use your social media network to communicate that your pet is lost on Facebook and other social media channels you use to connect with family and friends. Get the kids and all their friends involved in this!
- Check ALL the animal shelters in a the area, even those that are not closest to you. You never know which shelter a pet may be brought to, it often depends on which shelter has the most available kennel space. Pets sometimes get transferred to different shelters as space availability changes. Post flyers on the shelter's Lost/Found wall and try to talk to staff and volunteers if possible.
- Many fabulous shelter staff comb through lost pet sites online in an attempt to find an owner if there are no updated tags or microchip. This usually works when your pet has unique attributes or is an uncommon breed. There are likely many, many listings for lost Golden Retrievers that look very alike. However, a listing for a lost Komondor would probably be very unique!
- Post signs throughout the area, especially near stop signs and traffic lights. Don’t use white 8.5” by 11” paper, most of us can’t see them from a car! Buy larger pieces of oak tag in Bright or Neon colors. Post a color photo of your pet with details and contact info in black magic marker in large print. Don’t cheap out, have color photos printed!
|Rudy, one of my foster dogs napping in the sun in our yard. He came into the shelter in pretty bad shape. You can read Rudy's Story here.|
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