Due to social media, word gets spread very quickly these days. I hear and see so many posts about lost dogs. I have also had a bit of experience in this, thanks to Basti (click here to read about him)! So, I thought I would do some facts about what to do in case your dog goes missing.
#1-Start searching immediately! Don’t assume that your dog will come back on his/her own. There are many interesting, distracting things out there in the world for your dog to inspect. You never know what danger they may run into during their wandering.
#2-Bring your dog’s favorite, nosiest toy, and squeak squeak squeak away! This may help get your dog’s attention!
#3-If possible, ask a friend/family member to stay back at the house, and start making calls. Local shelters and your vet’s office should be contacted right away. You should also call animal control, in case someone calls in a lost/stray dog. Be sure to let them know if your dog is timid, scared of men, etc. Also, have your friend start social networking! Post on facebook, local rescues or shelters that have pages, etc. This may be your best bet, especially the longer your dog is gone. Share the news far & wide!
#4-If you reach the 24 hr mark, and your dog is still missing, start making flyers to post around town. Get the word out! Dogs can travel remarkably far in a very short time. Be sure to list correct phone numbers and specific information re: your dog. A color photo would be a good idea. Also, if you can swing it, an offered reward is always good incentive for people to look out for you pup!
#5-Look on Craigslist! This sort of goes along with the social networking, but it’s important. Craigslist has a specific section for lost & found animals. Sometimes the poster includes detailed info and pictures, but sometimes it is very vague. It doesn’t hurt to call or email to see if the found dog is yours!
#6-Keep your hopes up and stay positive! Dogs are amazingly resilient. Even if they are spoiled, inside pups, they are also strong and smart. They will do their best to find a warm hiding place, food, water, etc. until you find them!
Two proactive tips to protect your pet:
#1-Get your dog microchipped. Many rescues and shelters are already doing this for you prior to adopting one of their dogs. If your dog is brought to a shelter or vet, this is the first thing they will check for.
#2-Make sure your pup has current tags. Have more than one phone number listed on the tags, and make sure whoever you listed is aware that they are an emergency contact for your furry child!
Lastly, if you have made the choice to adopt/buy a dog, do the right thing for them. Have a collar with tags on at all times, make sure your fencing is stable and safe. If they do get out (and it happens to the best, most responsible pet owners), do whatever it takes to find them. Do not sit back and wait for your dog to come back, or for someone else to find them. Shelters are full, and dogs are put to sleep ALL the time. Don’t let your family pet become one of them!
(Read more about committing to our pets, in my friend’s blog here!)
That’s all for now! If you have any tips or tricks, feel free to share! Happy Friday! 🙂