WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PET GOES MISSING
#1 Call the microchip company, if your pet is chipped, and have them flag the account and also make sure all your phone numbers are updated
#2 Post a flyer or write on your car window
#3 Post on all lost and found sites
#4 Post flyers in your neighborhood, shopping centers close by etc
#5 Report them as missing to the shelter/drop off a flyer there
#6 If you have a vet office that you go to, call them and let them know the pet is missing so they can keep an extra eye out. Drop off a flyer to them as well.
#7 Check the shelter websites daily and go in person to the shelter a couple times a week.
#8 Check not only the shelter near you, but all the ones in surrounding cities. Pets can travel pretty far.
#9 When you post on facebook pages, make sure to use the Hashtag #Lost #Missing
#10 Go door to door not only in your neighborhood but in the closest ones to youWHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A LOST PET #1. Take the dog to any vet/shelter to have them scan for a microchip. This is free! Even at 24hr emergency vets. #2 Take them to the shelter. They are put on a 3-7 day stray hold. 10 days If they have a microchip. If they aren't claimed after the holding period they are put up for adoption. The FIRST place people look for their lost pets is at a shelter. #3 If you decide to keep the pet and attempt to find the owner. Check for a chip, report them to the shelter as found, make flyers and post around where they were found (neighborhoods, shopping centers etc), give a flyer to the shelter, give a flyer to all local vet offices etc. But most importantly GIVE IT TIME. Please give the owner at least 30 says to come forward. Not everyone has social media, they may be on vacation etc. #4 If you decide to find a rescue or foster. Make sure that they are located in the same city. Never take the dog out of the city it was found. It makes it that much harder to find the owner. Make sure this person will look for the owner and give it time. #5 When you post them on facebook, use the Hashtag #Found #6 When posting on social media/making flyers, make sure to leave out something that only you and the owner would know. Such as if it had a collar on, if it has an identifying mark, if it's male or female, if it's neutered etc. Make sure to ask for proof of ownership. Pics, medical records etc Alot of dogs look alike, but are slightly different. You want to make sure it's actually the same dog.NEVER assume a dog doesn't have an owner based on what it looks like. You don't know how long the pet has been missing, you don't know if it has a medical condition causing them to be that way etc