Regardless of how conscientious and careful you are, Fido can end up lost or sadly, stolen. Your chances of recovering your pet are a million times better if he’s wearing an identiﬁcation tag and he has a microchip. Collars can slip off; chips are permanent. Most veterinary ofﬁces and shelters have equipment to read a microchip. If the information is current, Fido will be back in your arms that much sooner.
- Grab a recent picture of your pet and roam the area where he was last seen. Call your pet’s name as loudly as you can. He may be scared and hearing your voice is likely to draw him to you. In addition, talk to everyone you meet on your search. They may have information that will lead you to your dog.
- Contact all local shelters and animal-welfare organizations, animal-control agencies and veterinary offices, as well as the police. Provide a detailed description of your dog and any information about the incident.
- Visit the local shelters every day. You know exactly what your pet looks like. A shelter worker may have a different idea of what light brown, spotted or short hair means. Moreover, many dogs may ﬁt your description.
- Alert your neighbors. Go door-to-door; ask people who live and work in the area if they’ve seen your dog.
- Place an article of your clothing on the front porch so your dog can smell home. Dogs have been known to return after many months and many miles
- Advertise! Prepare a ﬂyer with your dog’s picture, your contact phone numbers and e-mail address and information about his last known whereabouts. Hang the ﬂyers on signposts and telephone poles and in stores, animal hospitals, libraries, coffee shops and other locations in the area. Place ads in newspapers, online and on the radio. Place the information on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.Get the community involved--the more people that are on the look out the better.