Below are some suggestions to help you successfully reunite with your lost 4 legged loved one…
- If your pet ran out the front door, your first action would be to comb the neighbourhood and talk with your neighbours. Alert them to keep their eyes open and to contact you if they see your pet. Then you should report your pet missing with Animal Services or Animal control in your area.
- It’s good to keep some homemade personal info cards in your car or at home so you can hand this out while you are looking. It saves time and gives neighbours a way to contact you.
- If you are not sure how long they were gone, then immediately make a report with your local animal services or animal control.
- If your pet is microchipped, contact the microchip company and report them missing
(always make sure you update your personal information with the company in case you move or change phone numbers)
- Contact your neighbourhood Facebook groups and make a post. Make sure you include the area they are missing from and a current photo.
- Send out messages through social media with your contact information. Make sure it’s shareable and ask that people share your post.
- Often local areas have a lost and found group on Facebook. Search those groups and ask permission to post your pet
- Check with your local rescues and humane societies or SPCA’s. Sometimes people will drop off a found pet to a shelter.
- Contact all your Vet clinics in the area. Often a person will bring an animal to the local Vet clinic to scan for a microchip.
- If your pet has been missing a while without any signs at all, check craigslist or Kijiji to see if someone has posted anything with your pet’s description or picture
- Put up posters in your area, especially at your local pet stores, pet grooming salons, dog parks and other pet-friendly locations.
- Place a box outside with a blanket or something that smells familiar to your pet to help them find their way home.