Find a Lost Pet

How to find a lost pet?

Many pet owners think of their pet as a special member of their family. Due to the closeness that exists between pets and their owners, it is especially upsetting when the animal becomes lost. However, because these critters love to explore and have adventure, don’t immediately despair the loss of your family pet. With the right information and action, you can be united with your lost pet and bring it home to safety. So we help to answer the question, how do I find a lost pet?

Where to look?

Because the majority of pets love to explore and even escape to dark, quiet places, it is important to quickly investigate your home or yard before you venture out looking for it. Maybe your pet is hiding in a cozy spot or even hidden outside under a bush. Pets sometimes like to just escape the noise and confusion of kids or even visitors. So before you leave the home, really do a thorough search of inside and outside. Once you feel you have investigated the living quarters, and you can’t find your pet, determine if you can see how the pet escaped or got out. This is important to trace back your pet’s steps, if possible. Maybe it was distracted by the pet next door, or perhaps it has a tendency to dig or jump over fences. If you can figure out some of those details, it might give you clues to where it may have gone. For example, if it is distracted by another animal, it may have followed it to another house, and you can check there before you venture out. It is also imperative to determine how long the pet has been missing. If you have been gone all day at work, it may have had plenty of time to travel, but maybe you can figure out it has only been lost for a short amount of time. If so, it is likely to be close to your home. Also, consider animal size as you ponder where it might be. Little dogs often can’t travel as quickly as bigger dogs, and so this information might be useful. A quick assessment of the situation often can help you make the best choices for your search for the lost dog. Once you quickly factor in this information, find a friend or two to help you as you organize a swift search. It is best if one person stays by the phone so that if your pet is found, that person can relay that information to the search party. This can often be a quick way to resolve your issue and bring your beloved pet home rapidly.

Be Organized

It is also crucial to be organized before you set out on your search. As you leave, grab a flashlight, current picture of your pet, a whistle, favorite treat of your pet, and a leash to harness the animal if you find it. All of these things can be vital to your first search. Because pets can become scared or even may be injured, it’s good to have a light to search inside dark places, even if it is not dark outside yet. Your picture can help you get accurate information about whether or not your neighbors have seen the pet. Sometimes if you just describe a pet, it can be confusing when you use proper names to identify breeds. Not everyone will know those names, so pictures make it faster and easier to go from house to house. Whistles and treats can be good ways to attract an animal back to you. Since pets can hear so much better, they can respond to noises you can’t hear. Your pets favorite treat may also help in bringing it back. Finally, grabbing a leash before you set out means that if you find your pet, it can be led back home where it belongs. Some pets might be scared when they are out on their own, and this ensures that they don’t run away again. This quick search of the neighborhood or surrounding area usually results in bringing your favorite pet home, but don’t give up if you don’t immediately find the animal. Pets can return home days, weeks, months, and even years later. Therefore, decide how you can best let everyone know of your loss, so more eyes and ears can help you in your hunt.

Flyers and Posters

Flyers and missing dog cards are great ways to quickly relay to a large group of people what you want them to know. Make your Lost Pet posters big enough for motorists to be able to identify the most important information, and it is crucial you post them at a level that everyone can see. First, you want the words, “LOST DOG” to catch every eye. Then you want a picture of the pet, large enough to really notice. Many posters are ignored because they have irrelevant or missing information. Post your phone number in big letters, and if you want to offer a reward, just include “REWARD.” You don’t need to specify the amount on the poster. This might take up too much space, and it also might bring out dishonest scammers. In addition to flyers that you post in the neighborhood, at vets, animal shelters, and in town, you can also make smaller cards to give to people that have relevant information about your missing pet.

Places of Interest

After doing this, set up a plan to call and visit a myriad of vets, animal shelters, humane societies, and even the local department of transportation. Making initial calls does save time, but as the workers change often, and they deal with a lot of animals, it is essential to make regular visits to each of these places. Maybe set up a chart to document when you visited each place, so that you have a regular schedule and don’t miss any of them. Of course, animal shelters and humane societies will take in animals regularly, but many people opt to take lost pets to the local vet for safety and care. Finally, while it is not a happy thought, you need to call the department of transportation, as they often pick up animals off the side of the road. However, if those animals are injured, they are taken to a shelter, so don’t assume the worst about your lost pet.

Stay Positive

As you search, remember that there are many reasons to stay positive. Animals are resilient, and many who find them will quickly take them in to care for them, searching for the owners as they do this. Keep up the search, and just because it is extended, don’t give up.

Today there are more resources than ever to find lost pets. Many post ads in newspapers, and you can even check the “Lost and Found” daily. Radio programs also offer times and specific shows that allow you to share this with listeners. However, one of the fastest ways to spread the need for help is the internet. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Craigslist disburse information to a wider range of people, in a matter of seconds. Don’t underestimate how this can help you find your beloved lost pet. In addition, there are a wide variety of online services that will assist in helping you find your dog.

These all work to bring home pets through the internet, phone, and flyers. Losing your pet is a sad and trying time, but there are many pets that are returned home to happy owners each day. Stopping to think before you frantically run out searching, often brings better results. A plan of action will provide peace of mind and hopefully a happy reunion with you and your pet. Don’t give up hope on finding your lost dog.

Your Selling Your Home, Not Your Pet

We know you love your pet and it loves you too. But many home buyers won’t and it could get in the way of selling your home. Buyers can afraid of dogs big and small, allergic to cats and turned off by lingering pet odors. Mark Nash author of 1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home and a syndicated columnist for RealtyTimes.com shares some do’s and don’t for home sellers when marketing their home.

Do

-Have carpets and area rugs cleaned before showing your home to potential buyers. Those allergic to animal dander and hair, even if they can’t see your pet will know when their eyes and nose start to alert them to an allergic reaction. Many will not purchase a home that poses strong allergy problems.

-Clean litter boxes daily and replace litter before it’s time. Urine smells permeating from litter boxes are a turn=off to home buyers.

-Vacuum pet hair off carpets, rugs and furniture before every showing. No one likes to leave a home tour covered with pet hair.

-Brush your pets daily to keep ahead of shedding hair.

-Verify that old pet urine mishaps in carpets and under rugs on hardwood floors are gone for good. Hot humid weather can bring these old scents back to life.

-Train pets not to jump up on strangers, furniture and countertops. It is distracting for buyers to see cats running in food preparation areas and dogs mauling quality clothing.

-Take the high road and offer to pay medical bills if your pet bites a buyer or real estate agent. Agent communities are small and word gets around fast about home sellers that don’t take responsibility for unruly pets.

-Clean up and buy new dog bowls before placing your home of market. Fresh pet bowls filled with fresh food and water finish off a pristine home.

Don’t

-Leave pets unattended for property showings especially when you know they can be aggressive or territorial around strangers.

-Take for granted just because you have never seen you pet be aggressive that if around new people, scents and noises they might show a side you’ve never seen.

-Overlook picking up dog dropping in the yard. Buyers out to take a look at the roof don’t want any “take away”.

-Underestimate how a barking dog or overly friendly cats can kill a showing. Be pro-active and take your pets off site for showings. Hire a dog walker to occupy pets if you can’t be home.

-Forget to groom your animals more regularly when your home is for sale. Dog breath and wet dog hair aren’t becoming to buyers, even if they love dogs.

-Leave chewed window sills and door frames in that condition. It’s hard for buyers to get past this type of property damage. Especially if you have young children in the house.

Consult with your real estate agent if you have uncommon pets such as reptiles, spiders, and talking birds. Believe it or not these can cause more anguish to those not accustomed to being around them.

Virtual Pet Games – What is Online For Kids?

Generally, there are 3 kinds of virtual pets: downloadable (download the software and play games on your computer), straight online virtual pets and “dual pets”, which are actually plush animals, which can also be looked after online by keying in a unique code that accompanies the toy at virtual pet adoption sites.

Downloadable virtual pets are a great source of entertainment, and you need not be online at cyber pet adoption sites – once the software is downloaded. The problem with this option is that unless a reputed site provides the software, you are facing the danger of downloading a virus along with the game – which can be quite bad! (If you visit one of the free download sites, there can even be a warning note at the top or bottom of the webpage regarding it.)

Virtual pets at VPA sites are played straight online, without having to download the software for playing. Generally this means taking a registered membership with the cyber pet adoption site so as to own the pet. This is a good option, but if the virtual pet adoption site is not secured you again run the risk of running into a virus that can actually spoil your computer.

So for both the above alternatives, ensure you have installed latest version of a good virus protection for your computer!

The last kind of online pet (“dual pets”) is the best solution. They’re quite cheap (about $10 – $15 for each new pet) and actually worth the price paid. These pets are real, meaning they are luxurious stuffed animals with which children can play like other kinds of toys, but they come with a code printed on a card provided along with them that gives access to virtual pet adoption websites letting the child feed, clothe, provide medication and design homes for their pets. In this VPA online game, the cyber pet adoption sites are very secure (thus eliminating the risk of unknowingly adopting a virus as well as the pet). Besides there are various other activities that are available on the virtual pet adoption sites like educational games, chat rooms (safe) and other entertainment for young ones.