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What to do if Your Pet Gets Lost 

  • Call your neighbors or visit them at their home and let them know your pet is lost. Ask them to call you if they should see your pet.

  • Make lots of posters and hang them all over, not just near your home. Put LOST DOG (or cat) in big bold letters. Give your pet’s name and a description of what he looks like. Include a picture of your pet. Offer a reward if you can. Be sure to include your phone number.

  • Make index cards using the same information as the posters. Give one to every home in every direction from where your pet disappeared.

  • Place a “lost pet ad” in your local newspaper as soon as you know your pet is missing.

  • If your pet is microchipped:
    • Contact the microchip company and let them know your pet is missing.

    • Register your pet on the Free Pet Registry at

  • Use the internet. There are several free sites that help owners find their lost pets.
  • Get out and call for your pet. Get help from your family and friends and go through your neighborhood and beyond, calling your pet’s name.

  • Call all pet businesses: veterinary clinics, including emergency veterinary hospitals outside your local area, animal shelters and animal control and dog control officers, local police and state troopers, local kennels, the highway department, dog training clubs, and grooming shops. Get the word out.

  • Visit all local pounds and animal shelters, don’t rely on their information, go through and look at all of the dogs and cats, EVERY day.

  • Look everywhere. Dogs and cats often wander far away from their home.

  • Don’t chase your pet. If you see your pet remember, even the friendliest and most social pet may quickly become scared and wild when they are lost. Sit on the ground; talk in a normal voice, call his name and familiar phrases over and over again.

  • Don’t give up! Keep searching, get lots of help, and get the word out right away! Even animals that have been lost for many months have been reunited with their owners.

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