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Finding a Lost Pet

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Losing a pet is a very stressful experience. There are some best practices methods to bring your friend back home. This is a guide for how to find a lost pet.
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By 10 found this helpful
February 1, 2011

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 Craigslist.org 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 Forman1 found this helpful
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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Before your pet ever escapes: Make sure they have a collar with tags! Your pet should wear an ID tag with your name and phone number. Your pet should also have a current rabies certificate; some areas may have a low tolerance for unvaccinated pets.

In the first few hours: Get as much help as possible. Call your friends and family to help you look around your neighborhood. Ask everyone you see about your missing pet. Call the local police and animal shelters to see if anyone has brought in your missing pet.

Call your pet's name as you walk around. Rattle a box of treats, or squeak a toy... anything that might get your pet's attention. Be sure to carry a cell phone with you; in case anything happens while you are searching, you can get help.

In the first few days: check with your local veterinarians and shelters every day. Don't just call! Go by in person with pictures of your pet, and to look at any pet that may resemble your pet. My Miss Bee is a Boxer/Shar-pei mix, but the last time she got out, police thought she was a Pit Bull. If you don't know breeds, you may call a dog or cat one thing when it is another.

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Make and hang as many posters as you can. Use a good picture of your pet, and offer a reward if you choose. Put your phone number on the posters, but not your address. If anyone has found your missing pet, they can call you and arrange a meeting.

And don't ever give up hope. I recently saw a story of a golden retriever named Sam who had been adopted from somewhere in the south and transported to his new home in New Hampshire. After only two weeks, he got out and disappeared. Two years later, local animal control officers managed to catch Sam using a ham sandwich as bait and he was returned to his family. He had stayed close, surviving the cold winters thanks to kind folks who put out food and finding shelter where he could.

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By 2 found this helpful
July 13, 2011

Make absolutely certain your animal is microchipped.

By NEWFIEGIRL from Australia

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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.

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

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May 29, 20180 found this helpful

I would put food in several locations. He will no doubt be hungry, and he will be drawn to the food.

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May 30, 20180 found this helpful

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

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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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May 30, 20180 found this helpful

Have flyers printed with your information and a picture of the dog. Distribute them to all local veterinarians and put them up wherever you can. If your dog is not chipped, be sure and have that done when you get him back. Maybe invest in a thunder shirt to keep him calm in storms. Good luck to you and let us know.

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May 30, 20180 found this helpful

Put out flyers with photos and descriptions everywhere. Try to ask everyone you come into contact with.

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Also place food and water out as far as you can so he can be fed if he is about.

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May 30, 20180 found this helpful

aside from the usual (putting ads on craigslist, alerting veterinatians in the area, flyers) believe it or not they have pet detectives. I only know one person who hired one but they had no luck but still, they're out there)

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