Realizing that your pet has escaped the safety of your property is one of the scariest moments a pet owner can live through. DoodyCalls has been reuniting lost dogs with their owners since 2000, during our work in the field. We would like to share with you what we’ve learned along the way, as well as tips from the experts that will help prevent your pet from escaping and notify you of what to do if they go missing.
Doctor Katy Nelson, a well-respected veterinarian, as well as the host and executive producer of “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy ” stresses in her article, “Dr. Pawz: What to do if your pet is lost” that it’s important to do what you can to prevent your animal from becoming a runner. She states that by spaying and neutering your pet, as well as micro-chipping them, you are setting yourself up for future success. If they do make a dash for it, Dr. Katy offers a wide variety of ways to get the word out about their disappearance including contacting neighbors, posting photos on social sites and of course, reaching out to your local animal shelters and animal control. She even goes as far as to recommend “thinking outside the box” and hiring a professional, or setting up a treat trap.
Former police officer turned pet detective, Kathy Albrecht shares in her article “What You Don’t Know About Lost Pets Can Hurt Them,” that it’s important to tailor your search to your pet’s specific situation. She stresses that lost animals do not act the same as they do while in the safety of their homes. Instead, Kathy outlines the various ways that your lost pet might behave, depending on their situation, and offers up helpful tips on how best to reunite with your pet within these parameters. Neon signs, humane traps, wildlife cameras and calming signals are all suggested by Albrecht as a means to encourage your lost cat or dog’s safe return.
The following three steps will help you to reunite with your lost pet.
- Practice Prevention – Spay/neuter, microchip, collar and have your dog trained with basic commands to prevent their desire to make a run for it.
- Spread the Word – The minute you know that your pet is missing, let the world know. Alert the relevant authorities, contact neighbors, and start putting their photo and your contact information out there.
- Accept Help – Allow others to help you on your search. Even if that just means offering words of encouragement. Remember, if you receive a tip that your lost pet has been found, ensure that the person calling is able to offer you proof of an identifying feature – especially if a reward is on the line.
Following the above tips, as well as the advice provided by the experts will help you in your efforts to reunite with your lost pet.