Five tips to finding your lost pet
It can be one of the most stressful situations that you can go through, whenever your pet is lost. All of us love our pets and want to provide the best environment for them. Many of them, however, like to get out and run and they do this on any occasion that presents itself. If we find ourselves in the position where we have lost our pet, it is important that we act as quickly as possible. There are several things that can be done in order to help. Here are some tips to help find your lost pet and to get them back home as quickly as possible.
The sooner you begin your search, the less likely it is your pet will have wandered far. Be sure to search your property thoroughly before moving on to neighboring homes. Ask neighbors if they’ve seen your pet, and if so, in what direction he or she was moving.
Next, you should prepare some flyers to be posted around the area. Somebody should be out actively looking for the pet while the signs are posted. Include a picture of the pet, his or her name, a detailed description (age, sex, color, breed), your phone number and any reward that you are offering for its safe return. Post these at the entrance to every neighborhood and all on as many signs and telephone poles that are available. The more exposure your sign gets, the more likely it will be that your pet will be found.
You should also make sure that you get in touch with any local pounds or animal shelters that are in the area immediately. Alert them to the fact that you have lost a pet so that they will be on the lookout for it and not simply put it in with the general population. Unfortunately, many of these animal shelters will not be very diligent in making sure that a pet is lost and not simply abandoned. Call back on a regular basis and check in person from time to time to see if your dog is there.
Check your local newspaper’s lost and found section. Most newspapers will run a “Found” ad for free, so many people will take the time to place an ad.
Another way to help find a lost pet is to hire some neighborhood children to actively look for the pet. Make sure that they are allowed to be wandering around and then give them each some money in order to look. Let them know that there will be additional money available for the person that finds your pet. Children can be very creative when it comes to taking care of tasks like this.
Be aware of pet-recovery scams. When describing your pet in flyers or in the newspaper, always leave one important identifying mark out of the description. This way, if someone does call with information about your pet, you can verify whether the person really has your pet or not.
When you do get your pet back, consider purchasing a GPS collar so that it does not get lost again in the future.