If you find that your pet is LOST:
Written by Jackie Kelum
As soon as you notice your pet is gone, do NOT wait several hours in hopes your pet will return - start the search process immediately.
Hopefully your pet wears a collar and ID tag at all times , and you have a recent picture of your pet. This will help with the recovery process.
Your frightened pet may hide from people, run away if he sees a person; he may even run away from you.
Call your pet's name, and talk in normal tones. The best time to call for your pet is at sundown/ night time , and at dawn. When searching, bring his favorite food treat or squeaky toy.
Spread the word! Walk in your neighborhood, at least daily. Stop and speak with every person you encounter. The more people that know about your lost pet, the more likely the one person who spots him will call you. Check with children in your neighborhood – they are great resources and see things that adults may not see.
Make sure people know there is a reward for the return of your lost pet, and pay the reward when your pet is returned by the person who has found your pet.
Make posters and flyers. Keep it simple: " LOST DOG (or cat)! " Info on flyer should include: (A) a recent photograph, ( where last seen [ cross streets & 'city' - not your address ] and © when [date] the dog was last seen, (D) contact phone number and "Reward!" . This same info should also be included on any web boards postings.
Visit and distribute flyers to all your neighbors, post them on your local street corners, veterinary clinics, animal shelters, grooming places, large stores with bulletin boards, and pet supply stores. Post a lost dog notice on local web boards.
Give stacks of flyers to friends and family and have them go door to door. Provide flyers to local people like the gas delivery man, the garbage pick-up men, water delivery men, and anyone else you know who moves around your neighborhood in their daily routines. Even distribute at a school that may be near your house – children are great searchers.
On an on-going basis check local web boards , and other social media options, to see if anyone has posted a notice that they have found a dog that might possibly match your pet. Your messages may have crossed paths.
Keep visiting your local shelters with a current pictures of your dog. You might find someone you haven't talked to before who has information.
Also, check where you posted your lost flyers to make sure they're still there and haven't been covered over. Keep a few flyers in your car or purse when you are out, in case you have the opportunity to talk with someone else.
Do not give up hope - some recoveries have taken a few weeks before the return of a lost pet.
When you have found your lost pet, remove "lost" posters, let your neighbors know, update the web boards, and celebrate your reunion.