If you’ve ever tried to find your pet when they’re lost, you’ll know what a heartbreaking feeling it is. Maybe they slipped off their leash or dashed outside when the door was open. Either way, our pets are like our children and knowing that they’re out there alone, possibly in danger is a horrible feeling. We want to do everything we can to find them as quickly as possible before they’re hurt. We search our memories trying to decide where they might be more likely to go – a neighbor’s house, the park, somewhere else? Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to help find your pet more quickly, and there are steps you can take to prevent them from becoming lost in the first place.
Hopefully, your dog’s collar has one of these which will help you find them.
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How to Find Your Pet When They’re Lost
The first step is to remain calm and immediately call your local animal control office, veterinarian and local Humane Society or shelter.
Start looking for them immediately but be certain that you’ve left someone at home to answer the phone in case they are located and someone tries to call you. If your cell phone number is on their tag, be certain to bring your cell phone with you.
Bring a recent photo with you to show people that you meet during your search. Make copies and hang them on trees and telephone poles along the way.
Does your dog have a favorite squeeky toy? Do they always come running when they hear the treat box rattle? Bring those along with you and make some noise while you call them.
Be certain you have a pad of paper and a pen so you can jot your phone number down to pass out to people on the way. They can call you more easily if they have your number with them rather than trying to remember it from memory.
If you still haven’t found them by the next day, broaden the search area and hang up more pictures. Focus on local community bulletin boards or the local dog park.
Check back with the shelter, the vet, the animal control office and even the police department regularly.
As heart breaking as it is, don’t give up hope. Dogs are amazing animals and can find their way back to you even after being gone quite a while.
Almost all dogs and cats get loose occasionally. It’s so important to be sure that your dog is wearing a collar and has a tag on. Even more important, be sure to clip a TrackR bravo to their collar. You’ll be able to locate them in seconds using your iPhone or Android device. Save 20% using the code BOOSTED.
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 21-year-old son and 25-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She has been running a small pet sitting business in southern Vermont for the past three years. She’s a proud Mommy to 2 shelter kitties. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.