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Date: July 3rd 2003

Josey Ranch Pet Hospital, PC
... where caring makes the difference.
A Free Service of Josey Ranch Pet Hospital

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 to strangers.

  • 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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