Your Dog Goes Missing! What Should You Do?
Losing a pet can be distressing, but don’t be panic. Stay relaxed and follow the steps below to help you find your animal, but do not wait to see if your pet comes home on its own. A pet can walk quite a distance in a short time.
Make posters and lots of them. “LOST DOG (or cat)!” should be at the top in large, easy to read, (even from a moving vehicle) bold letters. Then include a brief description or breed type. Don’t expect that people will know your particular pure breed. You can also include the animal’s name, it may make it easier for someone to call your pet over and capture him. Offer a reward, don’t declare how much in the ad, and include your telephone number in large numbers at the bottom of the poster.
Make cards with the same information as above, and go to every home, in every direction from the site of where your pet disappeared, and give a card, or stick a card under doors or on windshields. Stop and speak with every person you encounter. Your pet may be scared, ask people to please check their shelters and outbuildings, especially at night.
Call all veterinary clinics, including emergency veterinary hospitals around your local area. Sometimes people pick up a stray and give it to a clinic. Call all animal shelters and animal control gets the word out.
Visit all local dog pounds and animal shelters, don’t rely on their information, go through and look at all dogs and cats, DAILY.
You can also use micro chipping as it is easier, simple and quick procedure. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and the procedure, which is carried out by a vet or trained microchip implanter, takes only a few minutes but lasts a lifetime. Once your pet is microchipped, you and your pet’s details are saved in a microchip database along with the Microchip’s unique 15 digit code.
When a missing pet is found, an animal professional (for example a vet or dog warden) will scan the pet revealing the microchip’s unique 15 digit code, and contact the microchip database your pet is recorded with. The customer care staff will perform some security checks before releasing your contact details to the animal professional – so that your pet can be reunited with you.
Waggytag is also another choice you can use to keep your pet safe. WaggyTag is a coin sized that located on their collar. This app can use to locate them and also you can be notified before they go too far.