Lost Pets- Feedback needed, please assist!

Coming full circle to a post I made months ago about lost pets, I will be starting to publish some posts on what to do if you lose a pet and how to prevent the loss of one in the first place.  A presentation/seminar is in the works on this topic and so I am wondering what it is that you would like to know about the search for missing pets.  If you were to go to see a speaker, what questions would you have and what would be your biggest concerns.

Have you ever lost a pet?  How did your pet get away from you?

Stay tuned as my lost pet guide is broken down into blog-friendly parts and posted here.  Please share this blog post with your friends with dogs and cats.

My mission to help guardians who have, may, but hopefully will never have to lose a companion animal is dedicated to Bunny.  Hoping you’re out there somewhere…



Filed under Lost, Pets, Rescue

8 responses to “Lost Pets- Feedback needed, please assist!

  1. Shannon Collar

    We’ve been lucky, our Morgan (rescue) has only ever escaped into our neighborhood and we were able to find her pretty quickly. Although, the initial moments of realizing she’s gone are always panicky.

    Recently, I’ve been searching different sites and posting when someone has lost or found a missing pet. I think the biggest thing people need to do is get the word out and post messages. With todays technology and social media groups, getting the word out is pretty easy.

    There is a missing shih tzu in our town, and I’m a little upset with the owner. I’ve seen a few signs and ads in the newspaper. But I’ve asked and suggested repeatedly about getting together and organizing a search party for her dog. And every time I’m shot down. The dog is staying in a few block radius, and I think that getting a bunch of people together to search would help bring this dog home. I know she’s busy with her business, but this is her baby. This little dog relies on her for so much.

    • You are absolutely right about using social media to spread the word. It is a huge advantage these days to be able to reach many people with the click of a button.

      Has anyone thought to use a live trap for the shih tzu that is missing in your town? Dogs that are staying in one area are often caught that way, and it takes much less effort than a foot search (and while those are good, if the dog is in any way frightened they can be less helpful than a trap.) The trap would do best with something familiar-scented in or around it and needs to be checked daily, of course.

  2. I think people need to know that they need to call ALL the shelters in their area – daily when their pet is lost. One call isn’t enough – for a myriad of reasons. We all should have photos of our pets – full-body pictures that show the dog in relation to another common object (like a regular car) so that people can tell the relative size of your pet. Pictures of you with your pet also help establish “possession” in case of evacuation-like emergencies. the moment your pet is missing, those photos should be faxed/delivered to the local shelters/animal control — having those numbers handy BEFORE you need them, can save a lot of time (and those types of actions can be done by anybody, freeing you up to hit the pavement calling for your pet). Be sure to include cell phone numbers & house numbers on any flyers — you’ll probably be out looking for your pet and not home to answer the phone. If there are vet offices close-by, alerting them isn’t a bad idea either.

    Taking the time to make up a flyer — BIG LETTERING helps — before your pet is missing and you’re not in a panic, is a good idea. something that you can just handwrite the date missing on and then photocopy will also save valuable time and ensure that you’ve got the necessary info posted. (and that the photos are clear when copied)

    To prevent lost pets, we check our fencing periodically to make sure they can’t get thru or that somebody hasn’t left a gate open. We know our dogs and know they don’t venture out but there are several dogs in our neighborhood who are notorious for getting out of loose gates, darting out screen doors, etc. Phone numbers/addresses on their collars have helped us in returning those runaways back home. And is one of the reasons we do keep extra leashes in all cars. Our vet also checks their microchips during annual vet visits.

    I’d like to know some stats, if they’re available, on how many lost/missing pets are returned by shelters to their rightful owners.

    • I think you will be happy with our lost pet guide, Anne. Much of the information you mention is in there. I like the idea to make statistics available. You can take a sneak peek at the guide here, it is not yet finished. Feedback is always appreciated!!

  3. We were at a booth hosted by emergency evacuation pet shelters and they suggested a picture with you and your pet to prove ownership. We have been fortunate not to have lost animals, but Bailey has helped bring lost pets home in the neighborhood. He seems to calm the dogs down and allows them to be captured.

  4. Stacy LoGreco

    I had one dog run away years ago. He climbed over our 5 ft fence b/c there were a bunch of strays chasing a female in heat (he was neutered). I road around for days, posted his picture everywhere. About 5 days later, he came walking back up the road and came up on the front porch. After that episode, all of my dogs are microchipped. If you go to a Banfield Clinic (found at Pet Smart) they will chip your animals with both microchips on the market. This is important because not all agencies, shelters, etc have the scanners for both chips.

    • Stacy LoGreco

      Oh – and I also installed an electric fence at the bottom of our chain link fence. If the dogs got to close to the fence they got enough of a shock to scare them and they would get away from the fence. After about 3 months, I turned it off and the dogs never went near it again.

  5. I just found this post; apologize for being a latecomer but thought I would share the post I wrote a while ago when a very shy dog I had fostered was lost from his new foster home. He was found, and his foster mom adopted him. The most important thing we did to get him home was to harness volunteers to put up signs where he was last sighted; to coordinate and keep track of this effort I created a map on Google Maps that I tagged with all the sighting locations and made public so volunteers coudld collaborate.

    Thanks for the great blog!

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