HELP! I've lost my pet...what do I do first?
Search Your Property: For a missing indoor cat, begin at
the escape point (e.g. an open door, a pushed out screen), looking around
and under bushes, the house, porches etc. For dogs and outdoor cats,
call the missing animal like you normally would.
Canvas the neighborhood: Go door-to-door, telling
neighbors that you have lost your pet leaving a detailed description of the
missing pet, ask permission or have them look in the outbuildings on
their property, this is especially important for missing cats.
Call your local Animal Control Office: The sooner you let
them know your pet is missing the quicker you will know if it has been
picked up ---REMEMBER - MOST ACO's only have to hold the animal for 10
Put posters out : Distribute them in a 1 mile area around
your house, use a color picture if you have one, send them to area
veterinarians, YOUR Animal Control Officer, and surrounding town ACO's.
DO NOT WAIT MORE THAN A WEEK TO PUT OUT FLYERS! The sooner they go out
the faster you may get your pet returned. Offer a reward.
Set a humane trap: A frightened cat's instinct is to hide
in silence, no matter how much it wants to come home, and it may be
closer than you think.
Place an ad: Take out ads in the local and metro
newspapers. Post listings on line with rescue groups and at cat shelter Web
Check Humane Shelters: This is especially helpful for
missing dogs. While few cats are found in shelters, it's wise to check
just in case.
Lastly, remember a dog and cat wearing some identification will be
reunited with its owner faster than an animal with no ID. Most people that
find a cat without a collar assumes that it is "homeless" and unless
you advertise your cat is missing, you may never get it back.
Black cat with white "V" on his chest.
Neutered male, 15 lbs, short haired, 2
years old, "Boo-boo", last seen at
27 Main Street on 9-28-04 . If seen please call 555-555-1212