It’s every pet owner’s worst nightmare. You let your furry companion out of your sight for a few minutes and now your pet is nowhere to be found. Despite our best efforts to keep our pets safe, this scenario could happen.
So what can you do to improve your pet's chance of being found? MetLife Pet Insurance1 put together some tips.
Microchipping your pets, as well as utilizing visible ID tags on a pet’s collar, has proven to be the most effective method for the recovery and return of lost pets.
The minute you find out your pet is missing is the minute you should begin your search. Most dogs and cats tend to stay around their homes. Therefore, the sooner you begin looking for your animal companion, the greater the chance you will find them safe.
Contacting your local animal shelter, as well as any animal shelters in surrounding towns, can help. Filing a lost pet report with every animal shelter located within 60 miles of your home is also a good step. If possible, visiting the local shelters daily to see if your pet shows up at a shelter is preferred.
Additionally, contact your local animal control agency and your local police department. Provide all of these organizations with a complete description and recent photos of your pet.
Before worrying that your loved one has disappeared for good, walk or drive through all neighboring streets. Consider knocking on doors to ask if anyone has seen your pet. Making friends with other pet owners in your community early on can help with this should your pet go missing.
Making lost pet posters and hanging them where legally allowed can also be very impactful. Ask if you can post them in veterinarian offices, doctor’s offices, and pet food supply stores as well.
If you have a recent photo of your pet, include it on the flier. Remember to include your pet’s age, sex, approximate weight, breed, and specific markings. Additionally, include information such as “Fido is skittish. Please do not chase.” You don’t want a well-intended citizen putting your pet at risk.
Taking out an advertisement in the local newspapers with a picture of your missing pet can be incredibly effective. If you choose to do this, be sure to include the last time your pet was seen and the general area where you believe your pet went missing.
These days news travels fast. You can engage more people in the search by posting information about your lost pet on your social media. You'd be surprised how quickly social sharing can find your lost pet.
There are a number of lost pet websites on the internet. These sites cross reference your pet's information with their database to look for matches.
If someone finds an injured animal, they will likely take it to a veterinarian’s office. Contact all the veterinarian offices in your area about your missing pet. If your pet has a microchip, vets can easily scan for the chip and match the animal to you. Leave your contact information, as well as a detailed description of your furry friend, with each vet office. Remember, just because your dog is lost, doesn't mean they are gone for good.