For a pet owner, nothing is more frightening
and frustrating than having your pet get loose or lost. Its
a helpless feeling, but there are many strategies that will
help ensure the safe return of your pet. Acting quickly and
being organized are critical! Below, we have outlined ways
to assist you in finding your pet:
- Call friends and neighbors to help search the area around
where the pet got out. People who are familiar with your
dog or cat are good choices, because animals that are in
unfamiliar surroundings are often scared, and will not come
- Contact your veterinarian and let him or her know of the
situation. If your pet is wearing tags on its collar the
person who locates the animal will often call any phone
number listed. Rabies tags typically have the vets phone
number on them.
- Leave a message on your answering machine at home about
the situation. This will allow people to know that it is
your pet that is lost and they will be able to leave a message.
You may wish to leave a cell phone number in the message,
so that you can be reached while you are out looking.
- Make BOLD signs with
a detailed description of your pet and put them up in the
area where the pet was lost. If you attach them to stop
signs or telephone poles, be sure to put them at eye level
for drivers of cars and children. People are more likely
to look at them if they are easy to see while driving. Give
contact phone numbers in case you are not home or do not
have a cell phone.
- Have fliers made with a photo of your pet, along with
identifying information. Include front and side view photos,
if possible. Make sure the photos are recent and are of
good quality. Pass fliers out in the area where your pet
was last seen, and in surrounding areas.
- Alert all local area veterinarians, emergency veterinary
hospitals, rescue groups, shelters and animal control. Give
them some of your fliers to pass out to clients.
- If your pet is gone for more than a day or two, take out
an ad in the local newspaper. Be sure to include the vicinity
of where the pet was lost, identifying information and contact
numbers. Check the found section of the paper to see if
your pet was picked up by a good Samaritan.
- Check the local animal shelters each day by walking through
the kennel area or cattery. Shelter personnel are often
overworked and too busy to take a personal interest in your
pet. Do this work yourself to make sure that your pet is
not in their facility.
- Check on the Internet for pet locator services. There
are websites that specialize in listing lost pets and assisting
in their return. Do a search to see if there is such a service
in your area.
Ideas for easy identification of your pet include microchips,
tattoos and collars with ID tags. Please be sure the information
on the tags (address, phone numbers, etc) is all up-to-date.
A well-fitted buckle collar with tags offers a safe way to
identify your pet if it is ever lost.
At Josey Ranch Pet Hospital, we offer tattooing services
and Home Again microchip implantation to allow for permanent
ID of your companion. Please ask us for more information on
these services. Please call our office any time during our
business hours at 972-446-0667.
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