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LOCATING A LOST PET

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Losing a beloved pet - even for a few hours - is a very distressing experience for pet and owner alike but research shows that reuniting with your pet is much more successful if it can be easily identified.  The following steps will help in this process.

First, make sure your pet is wearing an identification tag with your phone number and their name on it.  Also, ask your vet to microchip your pet, if it hasn't been done prior to you acquiring the pet.  This will identify it for life and details are recorded on a database that will be used to reunite pet and owner in the event that your pet gets lost.  Remember to update your details if you change address.  Identification tags and micro chipping may be a requirement in your area.  Finally, photograph your pet regularly in case you need to use the photo on a "missing" flyer later on.
 
If your pet does go missing, don't panic! Look in and around your house first, checking all nooks and crannies including washing machines, clothes dryers and drains.  Your dog might have accidently been locked in a room and cats are known for finding excellent hiding holes and ignoring calls. 

Dogs and cats rely on their sense of smell to locate their home so place some of your unwashed clothes, your pet's litter box or favourite toys outside your door to help guide them home. 

Door knocking in your local area can also help.  While walking the streets, carry your pet's favourite biscuits in a tin that you can rattle while calling their name.  Also carry a torch to check dark spaces.  A frightened or injured animal will hide and not necessarily come when called. 

Phone your local council, animal shelters and vet clinics to leave information about your pet and your contact details, and then distribute flyers with the latest photo and description of your pet in the local area.  Remember to withhold several identifying marks of your lost pet in case you need to verify that a person has actually found your pet later on.
Dogs can walk a long way from home so place advertisements in the "Lost and Found" section of your newspaper. There are also sites on the internet that allow you to post a description and photo of your lost pet for free.

Last but not least, visit all the animal welfare shelters and council pounds in surrounding areas every few days.  Remember that your description of your pet may not be the same as how the shelter is describing it.  State laws vary as to how long an animal has to be kept before it can be rehoused or euthanased.





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Last Update: 27/05/09 11:54 Views: 5678

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