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10 things to do if you lose your pet

If you lose your pet there are 10 things you can do to increase your chances of being reunited with furry friend.

1. Contact or visit your local shelters and animal control organizations


  • File a lost pet report with shelters, dog pounds, and animal control offices within 60 miles of your home or location where you lost your pet.
2. Get the word out to all veterinarians in the area
  • This can be beneficial because people occasionally drop off strays at animal clinics.
3. Search your neighborhood
  • Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day since the pet has been missing.
  • Ask as many friends and family members as possible to help you ask neighbors and hand out a recent photograph of on your pet with your contact information listed.
4. Go door to door and speak with neighbors
  • The more people who know your are upset about your missing pet then the more people will be willing to help you find it.
5. Place posters and flyers throughout the neighborhood
  • Grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, pet supply stores, and other locations.
  • In the flyers include the pet's sex, age, weight, breed, color, and any special markings.
  • In order to avoid being scammed leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe that characteristic.
6. Post information about your on all pet recovery websites and services
  • The sites include craiglist.org, thecenterforlostpets.com, and fidofinder.com.
  • National pet care providers can be hired to assist you in the search for a lost pet.
7. Consider using a lost pet recovery device
  • There are many lost pet alert services that will contact homes, veterinarians, shelters, and animal control organizations for a reasonable fee.
8. Place food and water outside your home
  • Your pet might eventually return home because they are hungry or thirsty.
  • Place food inside a rented or purchased humane pet trap.
9. Tell everyone you see about your pet
  • The more people who know about your missing pet, the higher the chance someone will remember seeing your pet in a certain area.
10. Don't give up
  • Always be aggressive in your search because waiting on your pet to find their own way home could have bad consequences.
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