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.
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.
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.