When pets go missing, it's important for owners
and their families to be proactive about locating them. We asked
our Facebook community to share ideas and advice for finding a lost
pet. Here are some of the valuable tips they had to share:
"If you have vacant houses that people go in and out of and your
cat goes missing (or even neighbors with sheds they don't go into
every day) ask them to check inside." - Cathy H.
"It's important to search all sheds, garages and other hiding
spots every day. Go out late at night and call for the cat. If he
hears you he'll respond." - Patricia K.
"If doing fliers, insert them in mailboxes as well. Also include
when and where animal was lost." - Julie A.
"When posting pics of pet, either have the pic in color, or
describe what color the animal is." - Christine S.
"Post signs w/ pics at every street corner in all directions." -
"Give a flyer to your mailman. I know two people whose dogs were
recovered when they got a call from the mailman who saw them while
he was out on his route." - Amy V.
Spread the word
"Post on Craigslist Lost and Found with a picture and other
internet lost and found sites. There are many people out there
monitoring these sites and will match your lost pet up with a found
pet listing or a shelter listing." - Stacy B.
"Look on petfinder.com" - Maria G.
"Most local papers will let you put an ad in the paper for free
if your pet is missing until you find it!" - Kristin G.
"Email picture to all neighbors" - Maria G.
"Call pet stores, vets, shelters, pounds." - Carey N.
"Call every shelter in your area, even if you think it's not
likely that they'd be there. You never know who may pick up your
pet on their way back home, and their home may not be yours." -
"We have tiny tags on our three boxers and two cats with our email
in case we can't be reached by phone." - Amy S.
"Add the following to your tag: 'If I'm out, I'm lost.'" - Julie
"Microchip your pets, whether they are indoors or outdoors." -
"Make sure to enter the info on the microchip's website!" -
"The best tip I can offer is always keep a picture of your pet
handy." - Mary E.
"Don't give up hope & keep looking!" - Wendy D.
"Don't give up hope!" - Carla S.