The First 3 Things To Do When Your Pet Goes Missing

It is an unfortunate reality that from time to time our beloved pets go missing. One of the worst things about owning a pet is that, despite our unwavering loyalty to our fur babies, from time to time they go missing. Whether your dog likes to roam, or your cat in heat wanders too far, the tips for bringing them home are mostly the same. Fret not; here are 3 important tips that will help you find your lost pet.

Tip 1: Ask your neighbors to check areas you don’t have access to.

More often than not, a pet is simply hanging out in an area not too far from home. Ask your neighbors if they have seen your pet in their yard or anywhere else nearby. If they have not, ask them if they will check other off-limit areas for you. This could include their garage, tool shed, under their porch or any other area on their property you do not have access to. This is especially important during cooler winter months as your pet may be seeking warmth. Imagine that; your pet hanging out in a nice cozy spot while you run around like a lost puppy trying to find them!  Be sure to contact local vets and animal shelters to see if anyone has turned your fur baby in. Leave your pet’s information and your contact information while you are there.

Tip 2:  Coax your pet back home with treats, food, or toys.

Many people underestimate the effectiveness of simply squeaking your pet’s favorite toy or treat pouch.  Dogs and cats can hear much better than humans and often follow sounds that are of interest to them. While tempting a dog or cat with the scent of their favorite food is a great way to get them back home, it is usually a longer process. If they do not respond to hearing familiar noises, place some food and treats in an easy to see spot. Be sure to keep an eye out so they don’t just eat the food and take off again!

Tip 3:  Make a digital flyer and start spreading it on social media. 

If one thing spreads like wildfire on social media it is posts involving pets.  No seriously, the engagement rate is through the roof.  Getting the news of your lost pet out on Facebook will help local neighbors become aware of the situation and increase the odds of bringing them home. Make a lost pet flyer and start posting to local lost and found pages in your area and sharing with friends and family. A little digital word of mouth goes a really long way in the 21st century.

Losing your pet may be a frightening experience but with a little patience and clear thinking, it is very likely you will get them home safe and sound. Hopefully these 3 tips will steer you towards your furry reunion!