Even the most responsible pet parents can have a pet get away from them. A dog bolts out the door to chase a squirrel, a cat sneaks by when you open the door to the yard. Losing a pet is like losing a family member. So, what should you do when your pet gets lost… The following tips from LostMyDoggie.com can help you to find your pet quickly.
- If your pet strays from home, it can be a devastating experience for both you and your pet. You should act immediately because the longer you wait, the further away your pet can travel and the higher probability they could get injured.
- Use a service such as, LostMyKitty.com or LostMyDoggie.com as well as review all the important tips below and take the necessary actions. The best way to locate your lost pet is to do as much as possible, you never know exactly how you will find your pet so never give up and try as many possible things as you can think of to locate your lost pet.
- First, make sure you have properly searched your OWN home to confirm your pet is not just hiding somewhere. Make sure to check any garages, basements and sheds on the property, even if you don’t think your pet could have gotten in there. Pets can get into some very strange and small places. Look behind, under and inside all appliances such as washing mashines, stoves, refrigerators. For cats, make sure to check in attics, on the roof or roof gutters, and up in trees.
- Search your neighborhood, knock on doors and talk to all your neighbors. Leave a phone number with them in case they find your pet at a later time. Walk, ride a bicycle or drive slowly through your neighborhood and make some noise while you go around the neighborhood (call the pet’s name also). Animals can hear you from very long distances. Bring your pets favorite things with you, a “squeaky” toy or favorite treats and rattle them loudly while calling your pet’s name. It’s also important to stop regularly, be quiet, and listen to see if your pet is making any noise. Sometimes they may make a noise in reply or they may be hiding somewhere whimpering or barking.
- Post signs at intersections and around your neighborhood. Place signs within a 2-mile radius of where your pet was lost. You can also post signs at grocery stores, pet stores, vet offices, and apartment complexes. Don’t put your name or address on the flyer, but make sure there is contact info such as a phone number and/or email address. Put a color photo preferably and include the date and where the pet was lost as well as a couple distinguishing marks. Don’t include all distinguishing marks, withhold some marks and characteristics so if someone does call you can verify that they actually found your pet by telling you some distinguishing marks. Include the breed of dog or cat, sex, age, weight and color, use bright colored paper for higher visibility. Give copies of your flier to people that walk their dogs in the area. They’re more likely to spot animals than most people. If you go to the parks early, you may find people who regularly walk their dogs together as an informal group. (Continued…)