My pet is missing…what do I do?
- First, search your property thoroughly. Cats and small dogs can get into some mighty strange places.
- Walk the neighborhood, talk to everybody, and leave your phone number.
- Make some noise while you walk around the neighborhood! Animals can hear you from great distances.
- Bring a powerful flashlight (even during daylight hours) for checking in dark spaces.
- Place strong-scented articles (your scent or the animal’s, like your shirt or their bed) outside your home to attract your pet. Animals find their way by scent as well as sound.
- Call local veterinarian offices during the day. After 5 PM, call veterinarian emergency clinics.
- VISIT your local Animal Control, humane societies, and animal shelters, including the ones in surrounding areas.
- Ask Animal Control, humane societies, and shelters about pet rescue organizations in your area.
- Although it is a horrible thought, find out if your pet has been killed on the road.
- It is extremely important to post MANY flyers about your lost pet within a 1-mile radius of where it was lost. Check out our poster pointers to make yours visible and effective.
- Place an Ad in your local newspaper. Some will do this for free.
- Check the newspaper “found” ads every day.
- Don’t ever give up! Pets have been known to find their way back home after being lost for several months. Good luck!
A Few Words Of Caution
- There are dangerous people in our society who prey upon victims by using “found” pets as a ploy.
- Beware of money scams. A common one is a person calls you claiming to be a long-haul trucker. He says he picked up your pet and is out of state now. He heard about your ad, flyer, etc. and says he will return your pet if you will pay to ship it home. This person does not have your pet, he is only trying to take your money.
- Don’t wander around looking for your pet alone, either during the day or at night. Always bring a friend or relative. This is especially important in unfamiliar neighborhoods.
- Use the identifying information you have withheld about your pet. Please remember that you should never give out all of the identifying features of your lost pet. If the person who claims to have found your pet cannot describe these features to you, they do not have your pet!
When You Find Your Pet
- Go around and collect up all of your old flyers.
- Thank everybody who has helped you.
- Let us know! We are always glad to hear about lost and found “success” stories, and they are helpful for other owners to hear.