What to do if you have lost or found a dog
IF YOU HAVE LOST A DOG
Losing your dog can be devastating. Here are some actions you can immediately take to help you bring your Fido home.
- Immediately – Check your property and neighbours – look under anything your dog could hide under.
- Notify your local animal shelters, controls and humane societies, rescue groups, dog parks, groomers, doggie day cares, pet stores for miles around.
- List your lost pet on www.helpinglostpets.com. Email and twitter alerts will be sent to all members in the area.
- Create a poster that you can place in high traffic areas and include a photo and distinguishing characteristics. (Note: posters can be printed at www.helpinglostpets.com)
- Get friends and family involved right away. The more ground you cover, the sooner you spread the word far and wide.
- Knock on doors if you need to!
- Follow your regular dog’s walking route. Try to think of where your pet may go to feel safe.
- Go to your local shelters and look for your pet.
- Check on-line sites that have lost/found features. Also check for pets for sale in case someone is trying to sell/adopt your pet.
- If you are called with a sighting, confirm the pet’s description and size. Ask questions before you send your searchers to the new location.
- If you get a confirmed sighting, have someone go immediately. Dogs can travel far in just an hour.
IF YOU HAVE FOUND A DOG
- If the lost/stray dog approaches you, be cautious. If it is a friendly dog, use good judgment if you are going to slowly take hold of the collar or leash.
- If they growl or become panicked/aggressive, stop what you are doing and stand back. If you offer food, place a small amount on the ground. Do not look them directly in the eye – they may interpret this as aggression. Notify your local humane society or SPCA.
- If you can leash them, check for tags and call all numbers.
- If there is no contact information notify your local animal shelters, controls and humane societies
- Take the pet to a veterinarian or animal shelter to be scanned for a microchip
We can’t say enough good things about PET IDENTIFICATION
- Microchip your pet and update the information with the service provider EVERY TIME you change a phone number or address.
- License your pet with your municipality and keep this tag on the pet’s collar/harness at all times and update your phone and address information immediately.
- Have another ID tag on the dog’s leash, in case the collar breaks free and is lost.
- Check tags regularly for wear and tear. Are the phone numbers legible?
Information supplied by Helping Lost Pets