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How to Find Your Lost Dog

By the time you are reading this article, most likely you have been looking for your lost pet for 24 hours or more. Searching everywhere for your dog walking and driving around your neighborhood. You have been to the local animal shelter and registered your pet as missing. And you have probably lost a lot of sleep. These helpful tips will help you understand how to find your lost dog.

Tips for Finding a Lost Pet

First contact your surrounding town police departments, alert them (calling up to six is not a bad idea).  Describe your dog including the breed, size, sex, color, name of your dog and where he or she was lost and last seen is needed. Be sure to give your name and phone number in case your dog is found. Call each day to check for updates on the missing dog. Although Police won’t look for your dog, however they will pick him or her up if they are seen or reported.

Call all of the local animal shelters and humane societies to alert them of your lost dog. Provide a description of your pet. Be sure to call back daily to check for possible updates. Alert your local or primary veterinarian.

Microchipped dog? If so, be sure to call your microchip company and report your dog missing.  When calling, ensure that your contact information on file with the company is correct.

Notify all nearby park districts to alert them in case your dog ran into a park.

Make flyers
Make a LOST DOG announcement which has your dog’s picture, name, size, gender, include the date he or she became missing and where and when they were last seen. Do not forget to add your phone number and a note saying to call ANYTIME A.S.A.P. Suggest in the flyer (optional) asking to please try to get the DOG if seen. Offering a Reward can help get people on board (but one that does not specify what or how much). Note that the dog “may be cold and/or hungry”. Ask people “to check their backyards” (optional).

* Your flyer should not look crowded. Type it out, bold important parts and italicize others. Make sure to use a picture that is clear and large enough for people to easily identify your dog *

  • Print 500 copies to start (The office super-stores are generally inexpensive, ranging $.02 -.05/copy).
  • Make sure you have an answering machine or voice-mail on at all times. If possible, have someone who can always check it and can get in touch with you if there is a sighting. If possible, have someone who can always respond to these calls. Take a couple days off or rotate days off with someone who can help you.

Posting Flyers

  • Put flyers on poles, dog parks, pet stores,…anywhere where groups of people frequent.
  • Business windows in the town where your dog was last seen and a nearby town are great places to post your flyers. It is likely your dog will travel.
  • Hand out flyers to children playing on the streets and to those riding bikes (some have even posted flyers on the front of their bikes!). Children and teenagers may make an adventure out of looking for something. Saying that, teenagers will either sympathize or have the extra incentive from the prospect of a reward. Most of all, they tend to spend time outside.
  • Give flyers to postal employees in the area, every town is divided into different sections. Every section may have different employees. Try to reach all of them as they are working to give them the flyers and ask them to help. They will have a good chance of spotting lost pets since they tend to be out driving the areas.
  • Do the same for UPS employees and for those employed on construction sites.

Really Spread The Word

  • An announcement and picture in your local newspaper and county newspaper with the same information in the flyers. (They can cost anywhere from $7 – $30)
  • Walk day and night looking for your dog in the area you think he or she may be. Call him or her, if he has a favorite toy you can try bringing it along to squeak it. Bring your relatives or friends to help you look. Have a flashlight and most importantly, be safe. Most likely your pet will be out early morning to afternoon and sleeping at night.
  • Drive your car around looking for your dog. Try to have others do the same (but make sure someone is always home or available to take telephone calls).
  • Respond immediately to any phone calls regarding sightings. Some people may call and say they saw the dog “2 hours ago”. Though the dog may have moved on, check that area anyway. It’s a clue to where he/she might be.Bring pictures of your dog with you (an original, not a copy). If you talk to someone face to face and show them an actual picture, he/she can more easily positively identify your pet. A black and white photocopy is not as accurate.

Social Media

  • Social media – Lost/Found Groups and Craigslist are also great places to post Lost Dogs for Free.  So, try getting your community involved,  this is the best thing you can do when your dog is missing.  Tell people, report it to as many relevant organizations as possible and call them daily to check for updates. Having more people who know who your DOG is and what he or she looks like, the greater the chances of someone spotting him and calling you, or picking him or her up.  The amount of support you can receive from your community may amaze you. People may look for your dog on their own, whether you are aware of it or not. There will be times when you feel like you are getting somewhere and there will be times when you’ll feel like you are looking for a needle in a haystack.  Remember, the important part is always continue searching! Your dog is your family member, don’t give up!

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