How To Find Lost Pets Following These Simple Steps

When Your Pet Runs Away

At first you’re in shock and unable to pull yourself together. The questions of how did that happened will be just irrelevant now.

You need to act fast and within the first 24 h as anything can happen.

A missing pet can be one of the most panic-inducing situations imaginable, and when your beloved dog/cat disappears, YES, you are going to lose sleep for quite sometime.

Blaming yourself or somebody else is irrelevant now!

You just need to act fast if you want this to have a happy ending.

As your dog/cat will face dangers on their own, the first 24 hours after you notice that your dog/cat is missing – will be key for your success.

At first, the traffic is always the most obvious danger. A lost dog/cat is likely to be scared and that can make them less trusting of people and harder to catch.

How To Find Lost Pets

However, there are a few important steps you can take to help recover your pet and bring it home safely.

Check Your Closest Area

Trying to find lost pets can be quite a task.

  • Start by looking in a 2-3 mile radius of your home
  • Search smart by checking places that your dog/cat visits frequently, as well as areas where shelter or food are most accessible
  • Check your local area, especially your neighbors who may also have dogs/cats, visit dog parks, pet stores and all the places where your dog/cat has been regularly and recently
  • When looking, make sure you are prepared with dog/cat treats and your pup’s(cat’s) favorite toys, in case you need to coax him back
  • Covering a lot of ground can be difficult for one person, so don’t be afraid to ask for help from your community in the search.

Make Flyers

If you want to spread the word, create a “lost pet flyer”.

Make sure to include your contact information, a picture of your pet and a detailed description about his breed, coloring, age, name and where he was last seen.

Always use eye-catching paper colors and designs to make sure the signs get noticed.

Post them on signposts, in coffee shops, places of business, community message boards and wherever they will be most visible.  

Visit Local Shelters

Broaden up your search by checking with shelters, other animal facilities in surrounding counties and inform the local animal police.

Provide description and pictures if possible.

Many facilities have online resources that track intake, so that’s a good first step. If your pup/cat turns up, they’ll know who to call.

For this to work out, make sure you have micro-chipped your pet, and even better if your pet has GPS tracking device.

It is the best way to track your dog/cat.

Check Lost&Found Pet Sites

Check sites such as Fido Finder, Petfinder and The Center for Lost Pets, and check the found dog/cat listings online.

Make sure to check these on a regular basis and post on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram to involve online communities in your search.

This can be quite helpful.

Secure Pets Whereabouts

When it comes to letting your dog/cat outside, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If your dog does not have a re-call command, they shouldn’t be off-leash anywhere that isn’t fully closed.

Make sure to check regularly the perimeter and security of yards and fences for possible holes or weak spots.

Also note that a collar with a name tag and your phone number is a general rule to obey.

They are important safeguards that can help pet owners locate their pets with the speed of light and ease the process.

Make Reward Posters

Make these and put wherever it is possible(and allowed), and make sure to wright down:

  • Offer for a reward
  • Name of the lost pet
  • Color of your pet
  • A phone number for contact

When Searching The Neighborhood

Make sure to:

  • Talk to everyone: mail carriers, people walking their dogs, neighbors and delivery people
  • Ask children if they’ve seen your cat or dog, as they’re often more observant than adults
  • Use a flashlight to search small places where animals might hide: inside drains or sheds, under porches, garage or parked cars
  • Go outside at night when it’s quiet and call your animal’s name. Listen carefully for the faint sound of an animal stuck somewhere.

These are the most common steps to find lost pets.

You can also think of more creative ways if you can. You can spread the word by being a guest in your local radio station and announce a reward for finding your pet – you may even increase the chances for success.

Whatever you do, do it quickly as time is running for finding your lost pet.

Good luck!

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