Losing a dog can be heart-breaking. You may feel as though one of your family members are missing, and that you would do anything to be reunited with them again. This is completely normal, but there are some extra steps you can take to make sure that you are reunited.
Put all your Commitments on Hold
Your everyday tasks really aren’t as important as your animal’s life. Consider taking some time off work, and even arrange a search party with your family and friends. This will increase the chances of you finding them and it will also make it easier for you to get the word out. If you can, you should also try and put up a few missing signs too, as this will encourage other people in the local area to keep an eye out. If you aren’t sure what information you need to include on the poster, then add your phone number, your pet’s name, and a clear picture. It also helps to include details on where your pet was last seen, as this will help people to narrow their search.
Stay Glued to your Phone
If you have put a phone number down on the missing poster, you need to stay alert and you also need to be ready to take a call at any time. If you want to take things to that next level, then consider changing your voicemail that is geared towards anyone who might be calling about your pet. For example, tell them what to do if they have sighted them, if they should approach or if they have nervous tendencies. Little things like this can make all the difference and it will also make it easier for someone to bring them home safe and sound.
List a Reward
Listing a reward is a great way for you to encourage more people to look for your missing pup. Try and put the reward in large red letters on the missing poster, and also give as much information as you can about the conditions of the reward too. The more you can offer, the more likely people are to make the effort, so it’s always a good idea to put up as much as you can possibly afford. If you want people to keep an eye out for your dog then list any identifiable features, such as a marking, or even if they were wearing a recognizable leather bowtie collar.
Visit the Animal Shelter
If your dog is microchipped, then there is a high chance that any animal shelter will get in touch.
If your dog is not microchipped however then this may not be the case. It’s important that you visit all of the local shelters in your area and that you also put up missing posters there too. A lot of people put a dog tag on their pet’s collar with all of their contact information. This is great, but if your dog happens to snag their collar on a branch or if it slips off when they are on their adventures then people will have no way of knowing whether it is a stray or whether it is being cared for.