If your dog or cat ever went missing, would you know these lost pets search tips and be able to implement them without hesitation? This may be a hypothetic question. Or perhaps you’ve had to deal with such an unfortunate experience at some time in the past. In any case, it’s worth knowing the basics that every pet parent should follow when getting the word out that they have lost a companion animal.
Go In Person To Your Local Municipal Shelter
When pets go missing, a member of the public or someone from Animal Services may have already found the dog or cat and taken it to the local municipal shelter. So, please remember to do the following.
- Go in person and verify if your pet has been surrendered there. Do not rely on making a phone call or looking at their website.
- Take a recent photo of your pet, a copy of a flyer you may have already printed, and proof of ownership.
- Check the shelter’s website for postings. However, bear in mind that descriptions are not necessarily accurate and a staff member could have taken a photo that distorts its appearance.
- You must visit the shelter personally every two days at the very least, preferably daily. Do not rely solely on the shelter’s website. You are the only person who can truly identify your pet.
- Each shelter has its own rules and regulations, and hold times at different facilities can vary quite a bit. After a certain number of days, a pet can be put up for adoption or, sadly, it may be put down (destroyed). Typically, kittens, cats and seniors, as well as sick and injured pets, have a very low survival rate.
Flyers Are An Effective Lost Pet Search Tool
- Immediately print some flyers and put them up in your neighborhood.
- Make an extra big one and display it in your own yard so people know where the pet lives.
Use The Internet And Social Media
- Post a description with photo of your missing pet and your contact information. Re-post daily until it is found.
- Check the section that contains postings of missing pets that are looking for their owners.
More Lost Pet Search Tips And Tools
Take note of the following options that are highly effective if you are looking for your dog or cat.
- private, locally-run pet lost and found
- Craig’s List
- Local newspapers, online AND print versions (lost and found ads are usually free)
- Your Home Owners Association, country club, school, church…
Word Of Mouth
Inform as many people as possible who live or work in your area. that includes veterinarians, emergency vet clinics and privately-run rescue organizations.
Stay Strong And Positive
The volunteers who run a Lost and Found FB page for pets in my area do a wonderful job. They also encourage owners who feel helpless and desperate and are starting to lose hope. They will…
- tell you not to despair
- encourage you not to give up too soon
- urge you to keep searching actively for at least 8-12 weeks
To Sum Up
Reach out to your neighbors. Communities have a history of working together to help in situations of adversity. Nobody wants to suffer the heartbreak of losing their four-legged family member.
Start a search party the very first weekend. You’ll be amazed how many people will show up to help. And, when pets go missing in your neighborhood, not only will you be better prepared to take action, you’ll also be able to help others.
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!
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