If your beloved dog or cat strays from home, it can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Time & speed is key to a quick recovery of your pet to return them safely home. Feel free to review the following steps to help create a plan for your family. Having a plan already in place for a situation like this increases the chances of a reunion with your pet.
Contact local shelters & vet clinics
File a missing animal report with all shelters, rescues, & vets within a 20 mile radius of your home as quickly as possible. Provide them with an accurate description or photo of your pet along with a good contact name & number to reach you. If you believe your pet has been stolen, you need to be in contact with your local police department as well.
Search your neighborhood & let your neighbors know your pet is missing
Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Ask neighbors, letter carriers & any delivery staff if they have seen your pet. Hand out a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found.
Use social media
There are a ton of pet recovery website & Facebook pages. Make sure you are regularly checking found pet sites as well as posting your missing pet posts.
Be wary of pet recovery scams
If someone contacts you claiming to have your pet, make sure they provide you with an accurate description & picture of your pet. This is especially important if someone is requesting your provide reward money in exchange for their return or if you have offered a reward for finding them.
Never give up