So, your furry friend has gone missing. Now what to do if your pet is missing? The first thing you should do is stay calm and don’t panic. This will help you think more clearly and make better decisions. It’s extremely stressful when a pet goes missing, but it’s important to remain calm and act quickly.
Call your local animal shelters
The first thing you should do is call your local animal shelters. They may have seen your pet or have information about lost pets in the area. Provide them with a detailed description of your pet, including their name, age, breed, and any distinguishing features.
You can also ask them to take down your phone number and contact information in case someone brings in your pet or calls about a lost pet that matches your description.
You can store your local animal shelters’ phone numbers in the ProPaw mobile app for quick and easy access.
Use multiple pet finder websites
There are numerous pet finder websites that can help you find your lost pet. These websites allow you to create a listing for your lost pet and search for lost pets in your area.
Some of the most popular pet finder websites include:
NextDoor is another great app to post your lost pet since the people you connect with will be relatively close by.
You can also check Facebook groups for lost and found pets in your area.
Another way to find your lost pet is to post flyers in your neighborhood and surrounding areas. Include a recent photo of your pet, their name, your contact information, and any other relevant details.
Make sure the flyers are large, easy to read, and posted in high-traffic areas. You can also post flyers at local businesses, especially pet-related businesses such as grooming salons, pet stores, and veterinary clinics as long as you get permission first.
Offer a reward
You may also want to offer a reward for the return of your pet. This can help incentivize people to return your pet if they find them.
If you’re offering a reward, be sure to post it on the flyer but be careful not to include too much personal information.
Use social media to spread the word
Social media is a great way to reach a large number of people quickly. Make sure to post about your lost pet on all of your social media channels and ask your friends and followers to share the post.
Friends and family who don’t live near you can still help by sharing your post and looking out for your pet if they’re traveling through the area.
Additional tips on what to do if your pet is missing
Here are a few additional tips on what to do if your pet is missing to help you find your lost pet:
-Check with your neighbors, especially those who have yards that back up to yours. They may have seen your pet or have information about lost pets in the area.
-Search your neighborhood at night. Lost pets often hide during the day and come out at night. We recommend having a search partner with you if you plan to search at night.
-Leave out food and water. This can help attract your pet if they’re nearby.
-Ask the mailman and other delivery people if they’ve seen your pet. They often have a good view of the neighborhood and may have seen your pet.
-If you have a security camera or a Ring doorbell, check to see if it captured any footage of your pet. We often forget about our security cameras during stressful situations.
Losing a pet is a very stressful and emotional experience. But by following these tips, you’ll be one step closer to finding your furry friend. Now, you’ll know what to do if your pet is missing.