We have heard a lot of stories of the pet owners who lose their four-legged companions and remain clueless from where to begin the search and how to find them. According to ASPCA, every 5th pet goes missing after being scared by loud noise sources such as fireworks and thunderstorms. It is like a nightmare for any pet parent when they discover that their pet is missing. It is highly important to remain calm and focused rather than being emotional and frustrated, so you can look for your pet without anxiety clouding your judgment. Here, we are presenting some tips for finding a lost pet. So, it’s better to be prepared for something that we pray may never happen.
Tips for Finding a Lost Pet
Search Your Home and Neighborhood
Every search starts with your own home. Whenever you notice that your pet is missing, talk to your family members and neighbors to know when and where they saw your four-legged friend last time. Pets usually hide under their favorite sports like under beds, dark places, narrow places etc. When you are done your pet is not around his/her home, try exploring the neighborhood or the places where you usually visit with your pet. Bring along the most recent picture of your pet as well for identification purposes.
Get the Word Out
Repeated viewings of a consistent message are more likely to stick in people’s minds. And it would make things easier to find your pet. Start making posters and fliers about your pet including the major information like full body pictures of pet, any identification/birthmarks, your contact number, pet’s name, age, sex, color, and breed as well. Mentioning a reward along with this information is a good trick to draw people’s attention as well. Post these posters at groceries stores, community centers, veterinary hospitals, pet supply stores etc. You can also post a similar advertisement in the local newspaper.
Visit the Nearby Shelters and Rescue Groups
Believe me or not, every year almost 4-6 million pets are brought into animal shelters but only half of them are actually picked up by their original owner or new adopters. Try contacting the nearby shelters and rescue groups of your city and visit them every day. You have to recognize your pet yourself as dozens of pets are brought to the shelters every week and they usually don’t care as well.
Time to Use Identification Tag and Microchip
Is your pet micro-chipped? You don’t need to worry at all! All you have to do at that time is to wait for a phone call from the animal shelter. Or vet clinic that finds your pet. By scanning the pet’s RFID tag, they are able to contact the registry to get your name and phone number.
Pets having a collar with ID tag should also feel a bit relaxed as it contains your basic information like name, address, and contact number.
In today’s world, everything is going too digital. And it is one of the fastest information transfer sources as well, especially social media. Upload the required details and pictures of your pet and ask your friends and fellows to share the same way. You will find many other local “Lost Pet” communities where they post information about missing pets.
Due to poor or no supervision, a lost pet never finds its home again. If you are also among those parents who don’t have sufficient time period to keep an eye on the pet, you should surely hire a pet sitter or pet walker. At TAILored Pet Services, our professional pet sitters and pet walkers remain with your loved one all time and track all their activities. To know more about us and our services, call us at 425-923-7791.