Losing a pet can be devastating because animals become members of our families. If a pet goes missing, the first thing their owners do is panic. Getting into a frenzy will do nothing to help retrieve the animal. It is best to remain calm and follow the steps below to locate lost pets. Though there is no guarantee that the animals will be found, the chance increases if you take a comprehensive approach.
Step 1: Walk the streets around the home, calling the pet to see if it will respond by name. Knock on doors of homes in the area and ask residents if they have seen the animal. Work in a five to ten house radius when searching for a cat and a one to two-mile area when looking for a dog.
Step 2: Create flyers with a recognizable picture and description of the animal and your contact information. Provide a cell phone number so people can reach you any time of day. Distribute these flyers to neighbors and post them on telephone poles and bulletin boards in the area. Ask local businesses, pet stores, groomers, and veterinarians to post the flyers.
Step 3: Contact local government agencies that retrieve stray and lost animals and call all local animal shelters and rescue organizations, informing them of the situation, providing a detailed description of the animal, and giving the organization your contact information. It might take a few days for an agency or shelter to pick up the animal and take it to a facility. Every other day, pay a visit to animal shelters within a 20-mile vicinity. The shelter may describe the animal in a different way than you do so it is important to take this extra step.
Step 4: Post ads on online lost pet websites, on Craigslist, and in local newspapers. Search these sites daily for the missing pet.
Step 5: Continue to look for the animal on your own each day, canvassing the area where the pet was last seen.
Step 6: Contact animal control agencies and roads departments for the city, county, and state. In-person visits are usually most effective and should take place weekly until the animal is found.