What To Do When You Lose Your Dog

Dated: 07/17/2017

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As pet lovers we know that a dog is more than just an animal.  It's a bonafide member of the family.  When a dog goes missing it is a heartbreaking experience filled with fear, anxiety, and confusion.  Keeping a level head and following some simple steps can help you reunite with your precious pet.


  1. Contact your local animal shelter -  Even if your dog has not been picked up yet or dropped off at a local animal shelter, making them aware of your lost pet’s description and last known whereabouts could greatly increase the chance of you retrieving your pet.  Make sure to leave all your contact information as well as a backup phone number to a friend or close relative in case you miss the call.  Shelters in certain areas can be very busy places so make it as convenient as possible to get a hold of you could do wonders.

  2. Hit social media -  Obviously the first thing you will do on social media is hit your facebook timeline with a message that you have lost your precious pooch but consider also looking for local community groups for your area.  These are people who live, work, or play in your city who will all know that you have lost your pet and how to get in contact with you.

  3. Advertise - Post notices at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, pet supply stores and other locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. Include your pet's sex, age, weight, breed, color and any special markings. When describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.  

  4. Start a search party -  This really should be on the top of the list.  Gather some friends and family then search through the neighborhood.  Now your animal may be scared so looking in places that act as great cover from the elements and creatures that may endanger the animal is crucial.  Many people have found their dogs hiding under a car or house.  Remember that your animal may fit in places that you could not imagine fitting in.

  5. Don’t Give Up -  The tales are long of those who have found their dogs weeks, months, and even years after they have lost them.  When all hope is lost find some more and keep looking.

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