Things To Do If You’ve Lost A Pet
- Immediately put out food, water and your dog’s bed, a toy or an article of your clothing at the location your pet was last seen. There is a good chance that your cat or dog may return.
- Get the word out by using flyers and signs (like yard sale signs) with a picture of your dog and your phone number. Go door to door with your flyer in the neighborhood (depending on safety concerns) where your dog was last seen.
- Contact your local animal shelters and animal control facilities, vet clinics, and police departments to report your dog or cat missing. Fax or email them a photo of your animal and your contact information.
- Instruct everyone that is helping you to not chase or call your animal. This will prolong your search. If they see your animal, they should sit or lie down without making eye contact, and gently toss out treats to lure in your animal.
- Post your animal on the lost and found section of Craigslist. Post on your local Social Media, rescue websites and Facebook.
Things To Do If You’ve Found A Pet
- Check for a license or ID tag or tattoo. No identification? Ask around the neighborhood in case the animal lives nearby.
- Take the animal to the nearest veterinarian or shelter to scan for a microchip and check for a tattoo.
- Notify all of the correct authorities to report the cat or dog found. Call your local police non-emergency line. Also, call your local animal control agency. Complete a found dog report, or bring the animal to the shelter if you are unable to keep the animal while searching for the owner. Call any other shelters or veterinarians in the area.
- Create “found” flyers and post them around the neighborhood and at animal service businesses.
- Post on your local Social Media, in your local newspaper, and in other lost and found Internet and Facebook sites.