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10 Steps to Take If You Lost Your Dog

Have you lost your dog? Read out these steps now.
Thomas Wright Oct 18, 2019
Losing a pet is a terrible experience for any pet owner. If your dog goes missing, taking quick action yields the highest chance of seeing him safely reunited with you. Owners often do not know what to do other than to walk the area calling their dog. Thankfully there are several effective tools to help you find your beloved pet.

As early as you realize your pet is missing:

1. Have the FindShadow app on your phone. (The app is terrific for lost and found pets. If you find a lost pet, use the app to help locate the owners quickly). List your dog as missing. An alert is immediately generated and sent to the community. Once the alert goes out, you will receive a step-by-step action plan.
2. Print or download a personalized street flyer. You can make your own or use the aforementioned FindShadowapp to help.

3. Blanket your neighborhood with the flyers.
4. File a lost pet report with every shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home. This radius may seem extremely large, but animals can travel further than expected. Someone may pick up your lost pet and drop them at a shelter closer to their home.

5. Alert your neighbors as soon as possible.
6. Use the NextDoor app to send out a message to the entire neighborhood and do not forget to include any identifying information along with the clearest picture you have. Make sure anyone using the app has a way to contact you. Most apps like this include a messaging feature or you can post your phone number.
7. If your dog has a microchip, make sure that your information is up-to-date in the registry. If your pet ends up at a vet or shelter, then you should be contacted.
8. Keep your phone with you until your pet is safely found. You want anyone with information to be able to contact you as soon as possible because it could be that they only spotted your dog. You also want to be able to keep a close check on app updates from Findshadow, NextDoor and any other apps you have listed your pet missing on.
9. Immediately post on social media. There are usually local Facebook groups for lost and found pets. Post in as many of those as possible.

10. If your pet is not back home within 24 hours, consider offering a sizeable reward. This gives an incentive to everyone to keep their eyes open for your pet.
If you are not fortunate enough to find your dog right away, keep the information current. Repost in social media groups, put up new flyers, continue to check with shelters, and ask to leave a flyer at any local veterinarians. There are many wonderful stories of reunions taking place long after the owners had given up hope.