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What You Should Do When One Of Your Pets Goes Missing

September 15, 2017

Losing a pet is scary and we hope you're never in this situation. If you are, we've prepared these instructions to help guide you through everything you need to do to increase the likelihood of being reunited with your furry friend.

Fortunately, there are lots of kind people who would be delighted to help reunite you, so it's important to let people in your area know about your missing pet.

Things you should always do...

  • Get your pet tagged, spayed/neutered and microchipped.
  • Keep the contact information on the microchip up to date.
  • Keep your pet indoors during loud or stressful events.

If you've found a lost pet...

  • Be careful when approaching an unknown animal.
  • Share to places listed in "places to share" below.
  • Print and place flyers or posters, not everybody is on social media! Leave copies at local shelters and vets.

If your pet is missing...

  • Post a good quality photo, area where the pet went missing from, date the pet went missing, description (appearance, collar, microchipped, etc) and your contact details.
  • Share to places listed in "places to share" below.
  • Check in your yard/garden, under decks, outbuildings, sheds, cars, etc.
  • Search when it's quiet out (early mornings, late evenings, while people are away at work.)
  • Place familiar smells like a used cat bed, worn clothing or slippers outside.
  • Take familiar sounds that your pet responds to while you search.
  • Consider placing an ad in your local paper.
  • Print and place flyers or posters, not everybody is on social media! Leave copies at local shelters and vets.
  • Keep your phone on you at all times so you don't miss a call.
  • If someone contacts you, be safe. Consider meeting somewhere public or taking a friend.
  • Leave a window or door open.
  • Check your local shelters frequently.
  • Don't give up! The majority of lost dogs and cats are found.

Places to share...

Rehoming pets...

  • Be very careful about re-homing pets through social media (especially for free) as they may end up victims to very unpleasant circumstances.
  • A better idea is to work with local shelters to re-home a pet.

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