The fear that you feel when you discover your pet is lost can be paralyzing. Here are some steps you can follow to find them fast.
When your pet goes missing, time is of the essence. Be aggressive in your efforts to find them, as the longer time goes by the farther away they could be. Below are some tips if your pet goes missing.
Remember to always have your dog wear a collar with identification tags. The rabies tag can be traced, but it is also a good idea to have a personalized tag made with your dog’s name and your phone number. There are several local places that can make tags for you for low cost and it only takes a few minutes. Micro-chipping is a great idea too and can be done at your vet’s office.
- Put an ad on Craigslist under “Lost and Found”. Make sure to include your contact information like your phone number so people can get in contact with you easily. A picture really helps in case people have seen the animal nearby but did not realize they were lost.
- Contact all your neighbors either by phone or in-person. If you stop by their house, leave an index card with your pet’s information and your contact information.
- Put up flyers or posters around your neighborhood. Make sure it is easy to read for someone several feet away in a vehicle.
- Make a report to local animal shelters. Check our business directory for links to their websites. Many of them post pictures of found pets on their Facebook Page. Jackson County utilizes petharbor.org to post pictures of found cats and dogs.
- Post a lost ad in Facebook Groups for lost pets in your area. Don’t forget to post on your personal page as well for your friends to share and help with your efforts. Here are a few of the Lost and Found Groups: Pet Finder for Southern Oregon, Medford Oregon Area Lost & Found Pets, Southern Oregon Pet Lovers – Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass Lost Pets
- Call all veterinary clinics, including emergency veterinary hospitals. Sometimes people pick up a stray and drive it to a clinic.
- Visit all local animal shelters, don’t rely on their information, go through and look at all dogs and cats, DAILY.
- Make sure the information for your animal’s microchip is up to date. www.microchipregistrationcenter.com
- Don ‘t give up! Even if your pet has been gone for an extended period of time. There have been lots of cases where the pet was out on its own for days or weeks. Keep posting and asking people to help. Most people have pets and will be helpful in your efforts to find a lost one.
- Your normally friendly pet may be scared and may be hiding. He may even run away from you. Don’t chase as they may become increasingly scared. Sit nearby and talk in a normal tone of voice, saying your pet’s name so they become aware it is you. It may take longer than you think for them to realize it is you.
- In rare cases, you may need to rent or purchase a Humane Live trap, and set it to capture a terrified lost pet. Local animal shelters often rent or loan these, and will have an appropriate size for a dog or a cat.
Again, DON’T GIVE UP! Be aggressive in your search, get lots of help, get the word out right away – don’t wait a few hours “to see if he’ll come home on his own “– you need those early hours to put up posters and give out cards.