It’s happens to many people and it doesn’t make you a bad owner. There are many reasons why your pet could have gotten lost. Loud noises. Chasing the mail deliverer. Maybe he saw another animal. The scenario’s are endless. But instead of beating yourself up over it, you should focus on finding your lost buddy. The first few hours after your pet has gone missing are the most important since they’re probably still in a close proximity of your house or where you left them last. Chances are that their running away wasn’t intentional and they’re just as scared as you are. Here are some steps you should take to help find your animal.
Search your neighborhood and call your neighbors
Majority of people who lose their pet are able to locate them just by driving around the neighborhood. Your pet couldn’t have gotten very far in a short amount of time. While you’re driving or walking make sure to call out their name. It’s a good idea to bring treats or a squeaky toy to coax them. If you have your neighbors phone number, call them and ask if they had spotted them or would mind helping you look. The more people you have looking in different directions, the better your chances are.
Call any shelters and veterinarian clinics
If someone who was driving by and saw your lost pet (without a tag and a phone number) there is a chance that they decided to pick them up and take them to a vet clinic or dog humane society. If your pet was chipped, any vet or humane society will contact you and let you know they have found them. If not, you should look up and call all nearby places that could potentially have them.
Make posters and signs
While making these signs keep it simple. The main focus on your sign should be a clear picture of your pet. After spotting the sign, most people should know the purpose of it so putting “LOST” in big bold letters isn’t really necessary. Although, the sign should still have the word Lost somewhere on it. Another important piece of information to have on the sign is your contact information. Whether you decide to include a reward is up to you. The most important places to distribute your signs is within your neighborhood and any surrounding ones. Other places to put your signs could be any nearby vet clinics, humane societies and local businesses.
Place a “Lost Dog” ad in your local newspaper
Most of these ads are free but the sooner you get this out the better. There are chances that if someone has your dog they might not have seen the signs you distributed. Placing an ad in the community or local newspaper will help reach more people. For instance, maybe the person who found your pet didn’t see the ad, but their spouse or friend did.