Here you'll find links to info, resources and advice on finding lost dogs and other pets. Listed below are several ideas to help you find your pet if he/she becomes lost (Our thanks to our own grillgirl for compiling this information):
Act fast!! Don't wait days hoping he will just come home. The longer you wait, the further away he could wander, or he could be hurt and in need of medical attention. Also, many animal shelters only wait about four days before destroying pets.
Thoroughly search the area. Call your pet, and check any places they could have become trapped, such as basements, garages, sheds, vehicles, etc. Find a good photograph of your pet and ask all neighbors and passer-bys if they've seen him.
If your pet is capable of covering a lot of distance, get in your car or on a bicycle and begin looking and calling right away. Get help from family and neighbors if possible.
Make sure someone is home to answer the phone. If someone finds your pet, they will call the number on his pet tag or simply bring him home.
If your pet remains lost, check every animal shelter in the area every day. Put up "lost" signs in your neighborhood and in local post offices, libraries, grocery stores, pet stores, and vets.
Inform your vet and groomer that your pet is lost in case someone brings him in. Immediately place ads in local newspapers. Consider offering a reward, in case someone may have stolen or kept your pet as a "stray."
Use the radio. Many radio stations broadcast lost pet information for free. Be sure to call all your local radio stations. Give them very detailed information on where the pet was lost, its description, and how to contact you.
Hopefully, your fast actions will lead to the safe return of your pet. If your pet is properly identified with a pet tag, finding your pet should be much quicker. Remember, 95% of lost pets found with a pet tag do get home! Protect your pet from getting lost, stolen, or hurt. Make sure the ID is up to date and is worn at all times, especially when traveling.
Have your pets microchipped in case the collar is lost. Have the information that is on the microchip put onto a national database, not just your own state/province.
Another form of ID is tattooing. Although less popular since microchipping became available, it is still an option. Contact your veterinarian for details.
Additional Lost Pet Resources:http://www.dogfind.com/stolendogs/
- Dog Find Fast and Furioushttp://www.wonderpuppy.net/lost.htm
- Pet Lost and Found Informationhttp://www.pmia.com/
- Pets Missing in Actionhttp://www.findfido.com/
- Find Fidohttp://www.petshelter.org/
- Pet Shelter Networkhttp://www.paws.org/
- Flealess Markethttp://members.aol.com/thepetpage/index.htm
- The Pet Pagehttp://www.h4ha.org/lostfound/
- Hugs for Homeless Animals http://www.missingpet.net/anlost.html
- Missing Pet Networkhttp://www.petfinder.org/
- Petfinder Directory of Homeless Petshttp://www.thepetchannel.com/
- Petchannel's Find a Pethttp://www.petwork.com/
- Lost Pet Resourceshttp://www.sherlockbones.com/
- Sherlock Bones Missing Petshttp://www.missingpets.com/
- Missing Pets Websitehttp://www.k9finder.com/
- K9 Finderhttp://www.petclub.org/
- Pet Club of America Lost and Foundhttp://www.ilostandfound.com/
- Internet Lost and Foundhttp://members.tripod.com/Dog_tracer/
- Dog Tracer