IF you have lost your pet,
You may not be thinking clearly.
Maybe you don’t know where to start or what your options are. Let me help.
(If Your Pet Is Microchipped…Call the company and report them as missing!)
Make Posters. Like, immediately. It is extremely important to do this RIGHT away. It is a sad reality, but these days people have been getting their pets stolen right out of their front yards. The sooner you can get posters up, the better. This gives people the chance to keep an eye out for your pet.
How do you make an effective poster? Well let me tell you! (Be sure to research your areas restrictions on posting flyers to avoid fines or having them removed)
- Be straight to the point (Lost Black Cat, White Patch On Face, Call —-) Leave out the small details that would clutter up a poster.
- Make it colorful and eye catching!
- Location, location, location! Community bulletin boards (dog parks, grocery stores etc) surrounding streets, stop signs, places with high foot/car traffic.
Start with something basic just to get your pets face out there, then, when you have more time, go back and mount the flyer to colorful poster board to bring attention to it. Make sure to put your flyer in a plastic sleeve to protect it from the rain. (Slip the poster in from the bottom, so that the open part is at the bottom, not the top, or rain will go right in. Staple it closed.)
Stake Out Your House. Buy a wooden stake and some kind of sturdy material (Like those Political signs you always see stuck all over the place…)
Put your pets photo on it, the date missing, and your phone number.
Think about it like this, when someone finds a missing dog, they will usually walk the animal around the area to see if anyone recognizes it. What could be more convenient than having your lost pet advertised in your yard?
Put your posters all over town! Make sure they stand out!
Don’t be embarrassed and question yourself while you’re doing all this. It is not “too much”. You want your pet back, who cares what anyone else thinks.
Check the Humane Society and the Local Shelters.
Check them again.
In fact, check them every two or three days, if possible.
Call all of the vets in your area to see if anyone has taken your pet there. If they have not, ask to leave a description of your pet with them so that they can contact you if someone DOES bring in your baby.
Fill out Lost Pet forms at the Shelters.
The internet is a GREAT resource for finding your lost pet…BUT, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start?
Start with Facebook. Post your pet to your personal Facebook and ask friends to keep an eye out. From there, post to any Groups or Pages that post Lost&Found pets for your area. Here are just a few:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/914574938584267/ Snohomish County Lost Pets
https://www.facebook.com/groups/328358750668725/ Lewis County Lost And Found
https://www.facebook.com/groups/442319075785963/ Kitsap Lost And Found
https://www.facebook.com/groups/CamStanPets/ Camano/Stanwood Lost And Found
Search for Groups and Pages in your area that are meant for L&F Pets. Post Post Post.
WEBSITES! Post your Lost Pet on these sites, and be sure to check under the Found Section!
Check To See If Your Pet Is Being Sold.
People are sick. They steal pets and try to sell them. Be AWARE of this and be on the lookout!!!
Check Here To See If Someone Is Selling Your Pet:
Be Persistent. Keep checking, keep renewing posts, keep refreshing signs.
Be sure to record any Sightings or calls you receive about your pet. Write it all down, you might need to refer back to it later. Don’t lose hope.
Don’t give up.
Did you know your pet could be tracked? That’s right! Jim Branson is pretty much the greatest guy ever. His dogs can track the scent of your missing pet, and you can even rent Humane Traps from him! (Which is how I caught the stray dog I spent 2 weeks trying to catch!)
Here is his website: http://www.3retrievers.com/
Also be sure to check out http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/index.php for amazing tips and resources on finding your beloved pet!