Tips on Finding a Missing Pet

lost-dog-flyerTo help in the location of your pet he/she should be wearing a collar with an ID tag that has your address and phone#.

  1. Search your house and yard.
  2. Canvas the neighborhood and ask neighbors if they have seen your pet. Show them a photo of him/her. Leave them a phone number where they can reach you.
  3. Go back and search your house and yard again!
  4. Call your veterinarian, groomer, humane society, local animal control and other pet related businesses in your area and tell them your pet is missing. They can post a “lost” ad on their bulletin board. Also, if someone finds your pet with no identification they may call those same places seeking the owner.
  5. Post ads in newspapers and online forums. There are websites especially for finding missing pets. Try your local Craigslist. Do a Google search to find other local listings. Check these venues for “found” ads also. Someone may be looking for you!
  6. Post “lost” fliers in the neighborhood and at local businesses.
  7. Keep a watchful eye and ear on the neighborhood. If you hear dogs barking, go check it out. They’re barking at something. Maybe your dog?
  8. Expand your search area.
  9. Check out leads as soon as you can. Four legs can move quickly!

Hopefully, these steps will help you find your furry friend. When you do find him don’t forget to thank your pets’ rescuer. Offer to reimburse them for any expense they may have in caring for him. If they refuse, make a donation in their name to a local humane society or rescue group.

OK, now we know how to recover a lost pet. What if you are the “finder”?

Tips on Locating a Found Pets’ Owner

  1. Check the animal for an ID Tag and call the owner. That was simple!
  2. But what if there is no ID Tag, just a Rabies Tag? Did you know that the number on that tag will tell you which vet gave the Rabies shot? All you have to do is call the county animal shelter listed on the tag and give them the number on the tag. They should be able to tell you what vet office issued that tag. Then all you need to do is call that vet office, describe the animal and hopefully they will be able to help you identify the owner. They may already have been alerted that the pet is missing.
  3. If these methods haven’t reunited your new friend with it’s owner then you’ll have to take other steps. Now, these tips may look familiar.
  4. Canvas the neighborhood and ask neighbors if they know who the pet belongs to. Show them a photo of him/her. Leave them a phone number where they can reach you.
  5. Call your veterinarian, groomer, humane society,local animal control and other pet related businesses in your area and describe the pet. They can post a “found” ad on their bulletin board. Again, they may already have been alerted that the pet is missing.
  6. Post ads in newspapers and online forums. There are websites especially for finding missing pets. Try your local Craigslist. Do a Google search to find other local listings. Check these venues for “lost” ads also.
  7. Post “found” fliers in the neighborhood and at local businesses.
  8. Expand your search area.

For your efforts you will be rewarded with the great feeling of reuniting someone with their lost friend. Good Deed!


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