How to find a lost dog - Missing
Help! I have lost my
You have lost your dog
or puppy! It's heart wrenching
and a time of great worry. Your dog may have escaped from your
yard or car, or perhaps you were away on vacation. Dogs also
get stolen. Instead of taking a passive stance you should do
everything possible to try to locate your dog.
Things you can do as soon as possible after
your dog has gone missing.
Phone Authorities, Vets and
Many local authorities impound dogs that are
found roaming the streets. Ring your local council, animal
control centre or sheriff's office. It depends on which
country you live in and in which area. If you don't know, find
out. Many authorities will euthanize stray dogs within a
relatively short period of time. Ring them daily or ask where
you can see their impounded dogs. If you are able to view the
impounded dogs you should do so. Telephone communications can
be open to misunderstandings. Your dog may be there but
because of misunderstandings between staff and yourself you
are not told that your dog is there. All sorts of
misunderstandings can occur regarding color, breed and
description of the dog.
If your dog or puppy is microchipped ring the
Call all the local vets. Your dog may have been
injured and taken there. Many vets also have lost pet
registers. If they do have one ask to have your dog put on the
Call the RSPCA or ASPCA in your area.
Some radio stations have a segment for lost and
Call any local animal shelters in your area.
You may be able to email or send them a photo of your dog.
Visit the shelters in person if possible. Ask your vet for
phone numbers of any dog rescue organizations in the area.
Make 'Lost Dog' cards
Write out 'Lost Dog' cards with a short
description of your dog and your phone number. Cut paper or
cardboard into business card size. If you are offering a
reward add that to the card. On the card make sure you
write 'Any information however small regarding this lost dog
will be greatly appreciated' Some people may have seen your
dog two days ago but don't bother to contact you because they
think that their information is not useful.
Walk around your neighborhood calling your
dog's name. Ask family and friends to help you. Hand out your
'Lost Dog' cards to people you meet along the way, walkers,
joggers and children as they often see things that adults
don't. Check under cars, bushes and out of the way places.
Your dog may be lying there injured. Take a torch with you for
checking dark areas or if you are searching at night.
Check with your neighbors. Ask your neighbors
to check around their yards, garages and outbuildings. It's
worthwhile asking your neighbors to ask their children to
keep a look out for your pet too.
If you can afford it always offer a reward. It
doesn't have to be large and not everyone will accept one but
it does give people an incentive to ring you with information,
Make Flyers and Posters
Print out flyers and posters. Include a clear
photo of your dog, a description of color and breed and your
contact phone number. Drop them in as many mail boxes as you
can. Make the flyers easy to read with a big
heading LOST DOG.
Put your flyers or posters up at local stores. It is also useful if you put tabs on the
bottom of the flyer with your phone number on, this way people
can rip off a tab & take it home with them for future
reference should they come across your dog. Put them up at
intersections or traffic lights where they will be seen by as
many people as possible. Also put a flyer up near the local
school where parents drop off their children and also in the
school car park.
Ask at local business's in your area, leave a flyer with them.
Always have your answering machine turned on if
you are using a home telephone number.
Children can help
If you have school aged children, have them ask
children at their school. Print photos of your dog for you
children to show around school.
Place an advertisement in the newspaper. Don't forget
to check the "found" listings in your paper too.
Check on the Internet. Many dog websites have bulletin boards
or forums which
have lost & found areas for lost pets.
Maybe you have moved house recently. Check at
your old address. Let the new owners know and leave them a
Stolen dogs and puppies
If you suspect your dog or puppy has been
stolen you should report it to the police. Also check the
classified ads in your newspaper. If someone has stolen your
dog they may be trying to sell it for profit.
He may be frightened
Put some food & water outside your house
and even your dog's bed or some of your clothing with familiar
Terrible things do happen
Unfortunately your dog may have been killed by
road traffic. Ring your local council or authority to find out
who collects dead animals from roads in your area. It's not a
pleasant thought to think that your dog is a victim of a road
accident but it is better than not knowing what has happened
What you should do now if
you haven't lost your dog
You should make your dog easy to identify if he
gets lost. Make sure your dog wears a collar with an ID tag
with the dog's name and your telephone number. A microchip is
another method of identification but does cost more than a
collar and ID tag. Ideally both methods should be used in
conjunction. Always remember to update contact details if you
move or change phone numbers. People often overlook contacting
the Microchip registry to change their current details.