What to do if you have lost your dog

Begin your search immediately
Any delay - whether a few minutes, an hour or a day can make a big difference. Walk quickly through your neighborhood (or in the area where the dog was lost) loudly calling your dog by name. Plan to spend a few hours on your initial search.

Recruit others to assist you
Ask family members, friends and neighbors to help. Make sure to call the dog by name - the dog will be more likely to respond if it knows the person's voice.

Visit every house in the area
Retrace your steps through the neighborhood or area where the dog was lost - go door to door. Make sure you take a recent photograph of your dog to show everyone you contact. Leave your telephone number and ask each person to contact you immediately if your dog is seen in the area. Tell each person whether your dog is friendly with strangers and whether he/she can be safely approached.

Call the Humane Society
File a lost dog report. As soon as possible, make a personal trip to the Humane Society shelter. Make sure you look at all of the dogs. Repeat your search every other day if possible.

Prepare a "Lost Dog" poster
Describe your dog in detail and attach a recent photo. Do NOT use the breed as the only description; many people are not familiar with dog breeds. Provide two telephone numbers (day/evening; home/work; ours/neighbors; etc.) Do NOT put your name or your dog's name on the poster. Do NOT place a monetary value on your dog or indicate if it is pedigreed or registered. DO offer a reward, if possible. (It is not necessary to specify the amount of the reward.) Make at least 100 copies of your poster and post them throughout your neighborhood or area where the dog was lost. Place the posters on every street corner, at bus stops, gas stations, laundromats, apartment complexes, etc., within a two-mile radius of your home. If there are schools in the area, be sure to place your poster near them. Children are very effective at spotting stray animals. Send a poster to every veterinary clinic and grooming shop in the area. Be sure to notify the emergency clinics, as your dog may have been taken to one if it were injured.

Place a "Lost Dog" Ad in the daily newspapers
Describe your dog as specifically as possible. Do NOT indicate a monetary value for your dog, or describe it as valuable or pedigreed. Do NOT give the dog's name. If possible, offer a reward for the return of your dog. Provide two phone numbers in your ad. Run the ad for at least two weeks, and be sure to check the "Found" ads on a daily basis. Respond to any possibilities, no matter how remote, as soon as possible.

Follow up on responses immediately
Arrange to see any dog that could be yours as soon as possible; the finder may not wish to hold the dog for long. Do NOT expect the finder to deliver the dog to you. It is important to use caution when arranging to meet someone who may have your pet. Don't go alone unless absolutely necessary. If you must go alone, try to meet in a public place, or tell a friend or family member when and where you are going. Make sure you identify the dog as your pet and have it in your custody before you turn over reward money!

Don't give up easily
Take heart, many missing pets have been found a month or more after their disappearance. Sometimes, through no fault of your own, the efforts are futile. Just do as much as you can to find your lost pet.

TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT THE LOSS OF YOUR PET: A well-fitting collar with identification, including a license tag, is one of the best ways to help your lost pet be returned to you. Additional methods of identification include ID microchipping and tattooing. A spayed or neutered pet is more content and far less likely to roam. Obedience training will help make your dog a good canine citizen. It also provides a positive outlet for your dog's energy. If your dog tries to get out of the yard while you are at work, consider indoor "crate training" so that it may have a secure place to stay. Leave a radio or TV on to keep the dog company. Prepare a packet of information on your dog to be used in the event of an emergency. Include an accurate description and several good, clear color photos; update them from time to time. Also include the names and phone numbers of your veterinarian and friends /relatives to contact if your dog should become lost. Be sure to instruct house sitters, babysitters, etc. on immediate steps to take if your dog is lost or injured.

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