Did you know over 10 million pets are lost or stolen each year?
Dogs are more than just pets — they’re a part of our families. When our family goes missing is a cause for serious concern.
If your dog is lost, time is of the essence. Read on to learn how to find your lost dog.
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Does Your Pet Have Tendencies of Running Away?
If your dog has gone missing, the first thing you need to look at is his tendencies. There are many reasons why dogs run away, such as boredom, loneliness, or sexual urges.
If your dog has run away in the past, this will give you a good idea of where to start looking. Also, once you identify the pattern, you will be able to fix the problem.
Is it easy for your dog to run away? For example, is there are hole on the fence you haven’t been able to repair. Dogs are smart creatures, and they take advantage of when the opportunity presents.
Also, some dogs are natural diggers and can dig their way out. Investing in a no dig dog fence can help fix the problem.
Contact Local Shelters
When you lose your dog, the first step is to notify your local shelters and animal control agencies. Ensure you file a report with all of the shelters within a 60-mile radius.
Ensure you bring a recent photo of your pet and at least two phone numbers for them to contact you.
If you suspect your dog was stolen, you should contact the police.
Start in Your Neighborhood
Once you file a report, the next step is to search your neighborhood. There is a chance your dog might have run away to visit their dog-friend that lives around the block.
Searchin within your neighborhood might help you find your dog faster. For this process, it’s best to divide and conquer. Have a few people go door to door with a photograph of your dog, while others drive around looking.
Put Out Fliers
When you’re looking for your lost dog, it’s important you cover as much ground as possible. Make a lost dog flyer that includes your dog’s photo, name, breed, weight, age, color, special markings, and anything that can help identify your dog.
If your dog has a medical condition, you should also include this information. Don’t forget to include your phone number and reward amount.
You can post the lost dog flyer at local businesses, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, and more.
The internet is also a great place for you to search. Not only can you share on your social media accounts, but there are other platforms that can help you in the search.
For example, Pet FBI, Pets Found by Internet, and Helping Lots Pets are a great resource. You will be surprised how many found lost dog stories there are from people who posted online.
Are You Ready to Find Your Lost Dog?
Having a lost dog is one of the most stressful times in your life, which is why you should use every tool at your disposal.
Remember to file a report at your local shelter, search the neighborhood, put out fliers, and go online.
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