If you LOSE A PET, here is some great advice from our volunteers:
1. Post your lost pet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media sites. It is amazing how fast the word will spread!
2. Make flyers with your pets photo, contact information & area last seen. Keep wording to a minimum - it makes the print appear larger and easier to see.
3. Post flyers in your neighborhood and surrounding areas. Give one to every person you talk to, including the mail and newspaper carriers - you never know! Don’t forget to post one at the grocery, convenience store, vets office, police dept, community room, library, near schools, video store, coffee shop, restaurants, pet store, the park or any place that will allow you to post a flyer. If posting on telephone poles or anywhere outdoors, put the flyer in inexpensive plastic page protectors with the opening facing the bottom. That way if it rains, they wont bleed or be ruined.
4. Check with your neighbors. Knock on doors and ask if anyone has seen your pet. Never let a child do this without an adult companion.
5. Check your local animal shelter - every single day! They can receive as many as a hundred animals daily from the public or Dog Warden. You can call them, but chances are they won’t have any info on who has been brought in. You MUST go in person - every single day!
6. Call your local Police Dept. An officer or Good Samaritan may have picked up your pet or the dispatcher may have information.
7. Same goes for your local Animal Control and Sheriffs offices. Call neighboring Police Departments, too.
8. Call your Public Works Department. They often times have the unfortunate task of picking up deceased animals from roadways.
9. Check with local Animal Rescue organizations or private shelters. It is not unusual for one of them to foster a lost pet or know who has it. They normally network with each other and keep a list of Lost & Found pets.
10. If your pet is a purebreed, check rescues that specialize in your pet. They might even be in a neighboring state because of an extensive transportation network!
11. Check with area veterinarians who make have taken in an injured stray. If they have your pet, kindly pay the bill and thank them for caring enough to help an unknown animal. Many offices have a bulletin board of Lost & Found pets, so check with them!
12. Check & post a flyer at other animal related businesses such as groomers, pet stores, boarding facilities, or trainers.
13. If your pet is microchipped, immediately call the company and report the pet missing. Make sure your contact info is up to date.
14. Call your local and regional newspapers and place a LOST ad. Ask if it can be posted online, too. Some papers do not charge for LOST ads. Ask them if anyone has placed a FOUND ad that matches your pets description.
15. Check Internet sites daily like Pets911.org, lostfoundpets.us, Craigslist, petfinder.com, dogdetective.com, missingpet.net, fidofinder.com, findtoto.com, missingpetpartnership.com, helpmefindmypet.com, petfbi.org, etc.
16. Ask local elementary schools or teachers if they can post a flyer in their classroom. Kids and pets go hand in hand and children are more likely to notice a stray pet in their neighborhood.
17. If your city has a local public access TV or cable channel bulletin board, call them and ask if they can run an ad for you. There is normally no charge for this service.
18. Organize a search party. Remember to always search in pairs, have a cell phone, camera, collar and leash (or better yet a slip lead), a carrier for small pets and a first aid kit. Wear bright color old clothes (long sleeves & pants) and boots, have each party bring along a baggie of fresh cooked chicken to lure a scared pet close enough for leashing and please, no loud or sudden movements! Inform helpers of special “keywords” your pet understands and always speak softly when approaching a strange animal. Never lead with your hand!
19. Offer a reward. It’s true, money talks. Most folks won’t even accept it. Ask if they would prefer you donate the money to a local shelter!
a) Animals travel further than you think in a very short period of time. Always look outside your neighborhood gauging 2-3 miles PER DAY.
b) Keep a collar and ID tag on your pet at all times. Law requires all dogs over 3 months have a current county license tag.
c) A registered microchip can be a lifesaver if your pet slips out of his collar (cat collars are always made to break away for safety) or he slips out an open door. The county shelter normally offers low cost microchiping or your vet may offer a monthly special.
d) Pets can be tattooed on the ear or stomach. Like a microchip, the number must be registered or it’s worthless!
e) Keep a current picture of your pet handy in both print and digital format. Have 2 photos available if your pet gets a summer haircut - one photo longhaired, the other trimmed.
f) If you move, contact your County Auditor and your microchip company to update your contact information. There may be a small (and yet priceless, fee). There is nothing more frustrating than calling a disconnected number!