Finding a Lost Pet

We found a cute little Dachshund in the backyard yesterday morning. It had a sweater on, so we knew it belonged to someone in the neighborhood. I made some signs to put up, but also checked and posted a notice.


When I checked this morning, the owner had posted a notice on Craigslist, which I saw, but she didn't see mine. Little "Chocolate" found his way home. So, Craigslist is a fast way to look for your lost pets.

By Peggy from San Antonio, TX

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Catherine Forman
May 8, 2006

It is a horrible thing to think about: your pet slips out the door and seems to disappear. How do you get your pet back safe and sound? This timeline can help you out.

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Make absolutely certain your animal is microchipped.

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May 29, 2018

My 5 year old German Shepherd recently ran away maybe 3 days ago and it was during a storm and he's terrified of storms. We have 10 acres of land, but we can't go through it all because it's mostly woods.


I am very worried because a lot could've happened between then and now.


May 30, 20180 found this helpful
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Prayers for his safe return!

Suggestions to help find him include:

1. Call your local police department and all local animal shelters and report him missing--and share the photo and his name and how to get a hold of you

2. If he is chipped, tell the vet where he was chipped to be on the look out

3. If you have websites like Pet Finders or Next Door use them to tell people he is missing and how to get a hold of you

4. If you can post signs, do so in all major intersections and roads. Offering a reward can help!

Keep us posted.

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How do I find my missing pet?


August 8, 20190 found this helpful

We have neighborhood Facebook sites and that allow people to report a missing pet and give contact info. Post as many good clear photos as you can find--from all different angles and tell them what the pet answers to (if he/she does answer to a name).


Do this ASAP and while you are doing this send all of your friends and family who are around to search in different directions on foot and by car.

They should be armed with an irresistible treat like bacon, hot dogs, or canned chicken (if a dog) or whatever the cat's favorite food is.

Tell people if your pet is one to run if chased or if they should sit down and call the pet's name if they see it (that can be critical to the captured).

Post back with an update! Prayers that your pet is found ASAP!

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August 8, 20190 found this helpful

Oh, call your local police department and tell them the pet is missing and call all of the local shelters in case someone turns the pet in to them.

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August 8, 20190 found this helpful

Hope you find your pet soon!

  • Check NextDoor, Ring App, Facebook, any social media
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  • Check nearby animal shelters in your area
  • File a lost pet report with your local shelters, rescue groups, animal control agencies
  • Contact local animal shelters
  • Spread the word with your family, friends via social media
  • Pass out flyers to your neighbors
  • Start a search group and look for your pet
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August 9, 20190 found this helpful

Put a sign up where a lot of people coming home in the evening will drive past it. Make it bold and easy to read if someone is driving past. Use an easy to remember statement i.e. Lost brown dog... 267-555-1212. This worked for me. Good luck.

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August 10, 20190 found this helpful

Try everything suggested but try to get the younger generation in your neighbor involved. Some neighborhoods have nice young people who love to do things like this.


Post as many legal signs as you can with large letters that are readable from a car on the street.
If you have a photo this works really well as you can print several or have them printed at your local drug store photo shop.

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Recently I have lost my dog. That's why I am wondering how I can find my missing dog.


May 9, 20190 found this helpful

I am sorry to hear you lost your dog! I hope you find your dog soon! Here are some methods you can do to find your dog:

  • Make fliers, signs in your neighborhood/pass out.
  • Make a post on Facebook and ask neighbors/friends to share the post so it gets out there.
  • If you're on NextDoor you can post lost pet or you might find found posts.
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  • You can post on Craigslist lost + found, check both sections.
  • Form search group with your friends/family/neighborhood whomever is willing
  • Contact and check in with your local animal shelters
  • There are some organizations on Facebook willing to share to help lost dog, free service to help you find your dog. Ex:,,
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May 9, 20190 found this helpful

I belong to a neighborhood group on Facebook. Lost pets are posted there, and many have been found.

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May 9, 20190 found this helpful

Prayers for your pup's safe return!!

Post signs everywhere with your phone number.

Tell everyone you know that he is missing and when and make sure they know how to contact you.

See if your neighbors have had sightings.

Use drones any where where there has been a sighting. Every neighborhood seems to have a kid with a drone who is willing to help!

Put notices on Facebook and Nextdoor and every single social media platform you use.

We had a neighbor dog missing for a week and everyone in the neighborhood was out searching for him.

Post back with an update.

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May 10, 20190 found this helpful

Hi Mary,
I am sorry to hear it you lost your dog.
Print missing pet flyer and distribute around your neighborhood.
Also, Read this article you will have a better Idea of what you should do.
Also, you can report your lost pet with PawMaw, They can help you find your missing pet.

I hope you find your pet quickly

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