Lost Dog? | Lost
Cat? | Kids & Pets
If your dog is lost don't give up. Don't expect to find your dog right away. Some
dogs have been found weeks later. Here are some helpful hints to help you find
A dog that is normally walked on a leash may wander to the places you have walked
together if it does get lost. Or it may seek similar areas in an unfamiliar neighborhood-such
as parks, playgrounds and grocery stores.
They often try to find their
way back home to a former residence if the owners have moved, but they rarely
1. Ask for help
If you have lost your dog,
ask everyone you see if they have seen it. Children are particularily good sources
of information because they are outdoors more than adults.Take photos of you dog,
and post them at the school and at school bus stops.
Ask the mailman,
people walking their dogs, owners of nearby businesses and people coming to and
Inform your local police. Some police stations have cages
to keep strays for a limited time. Many people have reported stray animals to
2. Notify humane agencies and animal control facilities
Call and visit all animal shelters in your area. Follow
Most animal shelters only hold stray animals a few days
before euthanizing or adopting them, so be sure to check there in person. Take
a recent photograph with you.
3. Offer a reward
respond best if a reward is offered. Offer what you can afford. It is not uncommon
for pet owners to offer rewards. If you have been searching for a long time, offering
a large reward may help spark renewed interest and effort to help from neighbors
4. Post "LOST" signs
As soon as possible
after losing a pet, you should post signs to alert the neighborhood. Remember
that lettering must be large enough to read from a distance, and a reward should
be mentioned prominently.
Put a good description and photo. Include
where and when your dog was lost and a telephone number where you can be reached.
You'll need to "blanket your area with "LOST" signs. You'll need a minimum
of 100 signs to cover a several block area effectively.
It's a good
idea to take someone with you if you go to a stranger's house to identify the
dog, or arrange to meet the person-with the dog on a leash or in a secure box
or carrier-in a public place.
*Note: You'll need to reserve
at least one identifying mark for positive identification if your dog is found.
Don't put everything in the description. If your dog is brown with white paws
and a black spot on his nose, and you don't mention the spot on your signs, you
can ask the caller if the face has any markings on it-to see if they really have
5. Place ads in newspapers
sure to put a "LOST" ad in the Lost and Found classified ad section of all local
newspapers such as The
Carroll County Times.
You should also read the "FOUND" ads in
all the local newspapers. Click
here to see the lost and found ads at The Carroll County Times.