We’ve all found ourselves picking up yet another pile of poo that our pup ever so kindly dropped on the bedroom carpet…for the third time this week. Trying to remember what life was like before you became a pro pooper scooper? Let’s be real, life before pups was not nearly as fun or exciting. So imagining coming home to no dog at all is a sad thought. Unfortunately, for some dog lovers, that becomes a reality when they have a lost dog.
You’re either reading this because a) you just lost your dog, or b) you want to be sure you know what to do in case it happens to you. Well, have no worries. We are here to help.
How To Find Your Lost Dog:
The initial search-
- Someone Stays Behind: There’s a chance your dog might find his way back home soon after he runs off. It’s a good idea to ask a family member or a friend to wait outside your house just in case your pup has returned.
- Bring A Picture: Before you go on your search make sure you have a photo of your dog. Print one out so you can hand it to people in your neighborhood, or pull one up on your phone. Anything to give people an exact idea of what your dog looks like is helpful.
- Take A Flashlight: As frightened as you are, so is your dog. There are a lot of unfamiliar sounds and sights at night. Bring a flashlight to shine under bushes, behind cars or in wooded areas just in case he’s hiding.
- Bring A Whistle: Making a lot of noise like blowing a whistle may attract your dogs attention and they’ll be curious to find out where the noise is coming from. If Fido has a favorite toy that squeaks, bring that too. They’ll be more likely to follow the familiar sound.
Once you’ve gone through the initial search and had no luck finding your dog, you can regroup and put together a plan-
- Search Your Neighborhood: The following day drive up and down each street around your neighborhood. Do it a couple of times. After driving, get out and walk around any wooded areas or by cars, again, anywhere your dog may be hiding. Remember to bring pictures, squeaky toys or a whistle.
- Lost Dog Poster: Start by putting posters up within five blocks of your home. Look for trees, bulletin boards in vet offices, utility poles, laundromats or dog-friendly establishments that will allow you to hang signs. NOTE- in some cities you can be fined for posting lost-dog signs on utility poles so check with your local law enforcement before doing so.
- Call and visit The Humane Society and Animal Control: Start with calling local animal shelters and let them know you’ve recently lost your dog. Then visit each one. First, start with the shelters that have recently picked up a dog similar to the one you lost.
- Post Online: Nowadays, you can expect everyone to grab their phone and search the web rather than reading through a newspaper. Think of posting your lost dog on the many sites offered, the same as if you posted an ad in the paper. Also, Facebook has a local pet-finder page. Post your dog there, as well as make a personal post to all your Facebook friends. Ask them to please share it across their friends list too to get the word out.
- Alert Your Neighbors: Take time to check in with your neighbors and let them know Fido is missing. Hand them a few fliers so they have a picture to reference along with your contact info. That way you’ll be easy to reach if they come across any leads.
- Search Again: At this point all you can do is repeat the process and continue your search efforts. Walk along the streets within your neighborhood, drive around, check in with businesses you posted fliers to and visit the animal shelters.
Most importantly, don’t give up. We wish you the best of luck as you search for your lost dog.
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