Lost Pet Tips
Thanks to Lorie Chaussey for putting together this list of tips to help in finding lost pets. These tips have been compiled from various sources and animal organizations. Neither Lorie or Cincinnati Dog Pages guarantees the accuracy or effectiveness of any of the following information. Please let us know if you are aware of any other tips or information regarding lost pet recovery.
It is extremely important to do these things as soon as your pet has gone missing, and some things daily, and don't give up, some people have even found their pets months later.
Calls: Your police station and surrounding stations, rescues, animal control (city and county), veterinarians, and police departments - ideally within a 60 mile radius of where your pet went missing. Try to speak with someone, as messages are not always conveyed. If you believe your pet was stolen, be sure to say that as well. Advise of the personality of your pet, as far as how he is when approached, best way to capture, etc.
Animal Control, police department and rescues receive a NEW intake of animals EVERY morning and night, so it is important to keep contacting them.
Many rescues may not be able to answer questions over the phone and sometimes, as everyone makes mistakes, Animal Control and rescues may list animals under the wrong breed and age. Therefore, it is always best to go to the shelters, and to the Animal Control, to look yourself. It is ideal to go to the places within a 20 mile radius of where your pet went missing. EVERY DAY.
Knock on doors. Let your neighbors know what happened and tell them to keep their eyes peeled, or ask them if they know of somebody who may have picked up your pet. Let your postal carrier know as well.
Ask friends, rescue volunteers, and neighbors to help you go out to look for your dog with you, post flyers, use the internet.
Drive around all the time... if there are forest preserves, trails and parks, even within a 60 mile radius, make sure you call out his/her name.
Make colorful flyers and posters with a color picture, description, when and where she was last seen, your phone number and email address. Don't include your name or home address for safety reasons. It would be really great to have "tear-off' tabs on the bottom of the flyers so that someone can easily take the information with them. If you post outdoors, put it in a page protector so that it endures the weather. Place one on your car window and see if friends will do the same. Don't just rely on the internat as many people do not use/read often, believe it or not. A flyer glued onto brightly colored poster board will most certainly get attention.
NOTE: Don't advertise the pets name and other specific identifying information. If someone has stolen your pet, the last thing you want is to give them the name so they can make it look more like their own when they try to sell it. Also, if you put all of the specifics in your ad and a dishonest person spots a found ad on a different website that sounds like your pet they can try to claim your pet because they now know all of the details about him/her.
Post and leave some flyers not only locally, but in surrounding towns, such as businesses (if allowed), local vets, rescues, stores, laundrimats, coffee shops, telephone poles and even the mail carrier.
If possible, offer an award in your post/flyer, but beware of getting scammed. Don't give the money until you see your pet.
Check out lost pet postcards that you can order to be sent to all of your neighbors.
Ask rescues if, along with posting the flyer, you could post a biography and picture of your pet on their web page.
Continually check after you place an ad in your local newspaper (lost and found section). If you post on-line, this does not automatically show up on hard copy newspapers.
Set out a humane trap, and/or just set up area in front of your house that has your pet's favorite food, treats or an item of clothing that smells like you and can capture the animal without harm. Have to be careful with this so that you don't attract wild animals, monitor well or find out about the humane trapping from a Trap/Neuter/Release organization or police...
Call your microchip company to see if someone has inquired or scanned your pet recently.
Post online on sites like Craigslist, as often as you can, enlist others, be pet - descriptive in your subject line, for example, Lost Yellow Lab and post as frequently as you can. Some sites only allow one post per week in any section, so be creative in your subject and have others post for you as well. Check and Post on Community, General/Pets and the Lost and Found Sections on all sites. Also, check back-dated posts and again at least daily. Also, if you 'Google' or Bing' (lost dogs or cats or. . ..) you will see many other sites to check and or post.
Follow same guidelines to Check and Post on Face Book or Twitter, and the following...
Some people may not give a description or post a picture of the dog they find, so it is vital for you to contact any postings about a found pet, even areas that are far from you. You would be amazed at how much ground a pet can cover in just a little bit of time. Many animals are reunited by people who frequent that section and try to help others.
Microchip maker, Home Again, has launched a free new IPhone/iPod/iPad_application called the "PetRescuers" that keeps a running database of lost pets that are reported by owners. Those who download the application are provided with alerts about lost pets that are geo-mapped to their local area within a 5-25 mile range.
Send out a Pet Amber Alert http://lostdoghq.com/ and http://www.fidofinder.com can instantly broadcast a personalized telephone message to homes and businesses in the area where your pet went missing. You can choose to broadcast the message to hundreds or thousands of your neighbors, depending on the plan you purchase. Amber Alert: http://www.petamberalert.com/
Hire a professional licensed and certified pet detective. National Directory of
Pet Detectives: http://www.helplostpet.com/directory/browse_categories.php?id=32 some people think they are scammers though -- so use your judgment -- I don't know
Don't give up - Continue the things you had started, leave food outside door and kitty litter sometimes this helps with the scent, keep replacing the pictures you already posted and find new places to post. DON'T GIVE UP - PERSISTENCE IS THE KEY!
You can find other tips on locating your lost pet:
Humane Society of the U.S.
Pet Harbor: www.petharbor.com
Finding Lost Dogs: http://helpingfindlostdogs.yolasite.com
Missing PartnerShip: http://www.missingpetpartnership.org