What to Do If Your Pet Is Lost

by VetDepot on March 18, 2014

lost dog sign blogFor any owner, looking for a lost pet is a terrible experience. It’s difficult to stay calm when emotions are running high, but it’s important to have a plan.

Below are some steps to take for finding a lost pet:

•Maintain Home Base: If your pet just got out, it’s crucial to search the neighborhood right away. However, leave someone at home that your pet is familiar with in case he finds his way back home on his own.

•Make Posters: Create large posters with a recent photo and a clear phone number. If possible, include a reward.

•Make Fliers: Make a bunch of fliers that also include a photo and contact information. Hand them out to your neighbors and ask to hang them in local coffee shops and other establishments.

•Contact Shelters: Call every shelter in your area to see if any animals matching your pet’s description have come in. If possible, visit the shelters in person. Be sure to keep following up!

•Think Social: Take advantage of social media! Letting all of your virtual friends know that your pet is lost is a great way to get the word out. Photos are shared quickly via social media outlets, so you can reach a lot of people in a short amount of time.

Of course, prevention is the best medicine. Pet owners should always be sure their yards are secure and gates are not left open. Pets should be equipped with an up-to-date ID tag at all times and microchipped if possible. Proper identification makes it easier to track down a lost pet.

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Jordan Walker March 19, 2014 at 12:56 am

I had a friend who lost his pet but because of social media, it was found immediately. What he did was he shared his latest pic of his beloved dog to Facebook and did not lost hope. One of his friend in facebook who is also his neighbor told him that he saw his dog near in their park. He went immediately and there he was, waiting for his master to get him.
We should be thankful that there is a social media that is very helpful.

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Esme's Mum March 25, 2014 at 9:54 am

We had a young cat go missing last summer and in addition to all the recommendations listed in the article, we also went door-to-door around our block calling her and asking neighbors to open their garages and sheds (they were all very cooperative). She had been missing for two days and the weather was hot, and so we knew she couldn’t last very long without water. As it turned out, she WAS in a garage in the block behind us and we thankfully found her in time.

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