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10 THINGS TO DO IF YOUR PET IS LOST

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by NYMetroParents Staff July 7, 2014

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Paul Mann, founder and CEO of Fetch! Pet Care, shares 10 tips to help find your lost dog or cat, including going door to door and notifying pet shelters.


lost dog poster on phone poleNearly 1 in 5 lost pets goes missing after being scared by the sound of fireworks, thunderstorms, or other loud noises, according to a survey by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. While losing your pet can be a traumatic experience for both you and your pet, have hope as 93 percent of dogs and 75 percent of cats reported lost are returned safely to their homes, according to another survey. 

If you do lose your pet, here are 10 tips to help reunite you with your furry friend as quickly as possible:

  1. Contact or visit your local shelters and animal control organizations. File a lost pet report with every shelter, dog pound, and animal control office within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible.    
  2. Get the word out to all veterinarians in the area. Sometimes people pick up a stray and drive it to a distant clinic.
  3. Search your neighborhood. Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Enlist friends, family, and others to help you. Ask neighbors, letter carriers, and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found.
  4. Go door to door and speak with your neighbors. The more people know you have lost a pet, and that you are upset, worried, and desperately trying to find your pet, the more people will call you if they see an animal in the woods, on the road, or in their backyard.
  5. Tell everyone you see about your pet and ask them to keep their eyes open for him or her. The more people you alert about your missing pet, the greater the chance someone will recollect seeing your pet in their area.
  6. Place posters and flyers throughout the neighborhood. Post notices at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, at pet supply stores, and other locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. Include your pet's gender, age, weight, breed, color, and any special markings. To avoid scams, when describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.
  7. Post info about your pet on all pet recovery websites and services. Sites such as Craigslist.org, TheCenterForLostPets.com, and FidoFinder.com allow you to broadcast your missing pet info quickly. National pet care providers can be hired to assist you in your search for your lost pet.
  8. Consider using a lost pet recovery service. There are now numerous lost pet alert services, such as FindToto.com, that will contact homes, veterinarians, shelters and animal control organizations for a reasonable fee.
  9. Place food and water outside your home. Your pet may eventually return to your home when they get hungry or thirsty. Consider placing the food in a rented or purchased humane pet trap to capture them.
  10. Don’t give up. Be aggressive in your search, get lots of help, get the word out right away—don’t wait a few hours “to see if she’ll come home on her own”—you need those early hours to put up posters and start your search.

Paul Mann is the founder the CEO of Fetch! Pet Care—the nation’s largest and most trusted franchisor for professional pet sitting, dog walking, and pet fitness and exercise services—serving thousands of pets and pet parents throughout the United States from coast to coast.

 


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