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Help! I Lost My Dog! What do I do?
First things first. I know, from experience, that you are very stressed at this point. This post can help you to keep thinking straight and provide information of things that have to be done ASAP to give you the best chance to find your lost furry friend quickly and safely.
RIGHT AWAY: ****** TWO VERY IMPORTANT THINGS YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER: DO NOT CHASE AND DO NOT SHOUT *******
1. Keep food, water, bedding, and familiar scented articles at the spot where your pet went missing for the entire duration. Many pets do return on their own if they aren’t *****BEING CHASED OR DRIVEN OUT OF THE AREA *******
2. Post your lost pet on Petlynx and other social media sources (Twitter, Facebook) Put an ad in your local newspaper and call your local radio station.
3. Place an ad on the Lost /Found pet section of Kijiji. Add a current or most recent photo of your pet if available.
4. Get busy printing your flyers and signs.
5. Contact all of the proper authorities, in person if possible, in the area where your pet first went missing. (police, animal shelters, animal control facilities and veterinarians) File a lost pet report with your local police station and your animal control facility. Inform every vet clinic, animal shelter and rescue in a 50 mile radius. Ask if you may post or leave a flyer with each of these. Creating a paper trail shows that you are actively searching for your pet. This may also be invaluable if there is a question about ownership.
7. Use intersection signs at strategic locations throughout the area. They are an invaluable tool to alert the neighborhood that your pet is missing.
6. Put a sign in your yard as soon as possible.
8. Go door to door with your flyers as soon as possible. Somebody, somewhere, may have seen something. Remember, not everybody has a computer.
9. Talk to people. You may talk to 99 people that haven’t seen a thing, but you are looking for that one person that has seen something. People walking their pets and kids may have seen something. Has somebody seen your pet in their yard or did they see a vehicle stop and pick your pet up?
10. Follow up! Check for postings in "Lost and Found pages such as Alberta Lost Pet Locator and Rescue Society Facebook page, Petlynx, Kijiji, and animal rescues daily.
Things to remember:
Try to remain focused and think. Be aware of scammers, and always think of your safety. The key to getting your pet home is to make people aware and provide contact information in the event of a possible sighting. This is possible by using flyers and signs. You must “convince” people that you are desperately looking for your pet for them to be alert.
Quickly spreading the word is the number one way that a small friendly lost pet will be reunited. If someone has found your pet and decides to keep it your search efforts will make it almost impossible for them to keep your pet. A new pet will draw attention especially if it resembles a missing pet on a sign or poster. Many times "guilt" will over them from seeing your post. Look at the map. Where does the road go that you suspect that your dog was picked up on or may travel? Think about the traffic patterns, the commuters and the places of employment nearby.
Get flyers out to those places listed above. Don't forget schools, grocery stores, and the post office. Print hundreds of flyers and use them. They don’t do any good sitting in a stack on the kitchen table.
********** GET STARTED NOW! TIME IS NOT ON YOUR SIDE *********
What could happen to a lost pet? Your pet may get picked up by a Good Samaritan who doesn’t want to see him hit by a car. Depending on the Good Samaritan’s actions: he may be reunited; taken to a shelter, animal control facility or rescue; re-homed or kept by the finder.
Your pet may wander far outside the owner’s original search area and start to live on his own (survival mode); eventually ending up at a farm, business or house where somebody either recognizes and reunites it; takes it to an animal control facility, shelter or rescue; re-homes it or keeps it.
Your pet may be picked up by the police or animal control and taken to a facility. Keep in mind that it may end up far outside the jurisdiction area of the local shelter and may be in the next CITY or the next PROVINCE in a very short time.
Author: Marie Jennings, Alberta Lost Pet Locator