How To Find A Lost Pet
Being forced to learn how to find a lost pet can be devastating. Lost pets are difficult to find and not knowing where to start is heartbreaking. There are some strategies for making your pet search more efficient.
In order to learn how to find a lost pet, you will need:
- Flyers with your pet's photo
- Reward money (it doesn’t have to be a lot or listed on the flyer)
- An account with a microchip company
- A full listing of every animal hospital, animal shelter and animal control office within a 50 mile radius.
In order to find your lost pet you will need to:
- First, make your flyers. Do not add your pet's name to the flyer. Try to add a picture that really looks like your pet. A full head shot is best. In your flyer, list things like weight, medical conditions and your phone number and email address. Include the word “reward” on the flyer.
- Register with a microchip company. Homeagain offers a great service to help you in your search, even if your pet is not microchipped. Upload photos and Homeagain will distribute these flyers to every animal hospital and shelter in the area.
- Go to every animal hospital and pound in a 50 mile radius. Leave copies of your flyers and go back to the animal shelters every other day. Most shelters have a three day holding period before pets are euthanized or adopted.
- Post ads on Craigslist and update every single day. You might get some leads.
- As soon as your pet is found, make sure you get him microchipped. Microchipping is the best way to find your pet if he ever gets lost again.