What do to when you lose an animal

  • Go out and look for the animal.
  • Contact friends & family – assign tasks
  • Make posters
  • Put up posters
  • Start call log, take detailed notes
  • Every few days, call: police stations – state, local and those in surrounding area animal control officers – local and those in surrounding area animal shelters & humane societies, animal rescue groups, veterinarians, pet stores, animal service businesses, pet stores, kennels, pet sitters & dog walkers, dog trainers, park workers, local city Public Works department (DPW) and state highway department.
  • Register your animal on Lost & Found Animal Websites
  • Contact tattoo registries
  • Set up humane live traps. Traps are available from many tool rental businesses, or contact MAC for information.
  • Check lost & found classifieds in newspapers
  • Take out ads in newspapers (body, not classifieds)
  • Organize search parties
  • Visit local shelters & pounds daily
  • Provide a contact number reachable at all hours (i.e. cell phone or answering machine)
  • Found your lost animal? – Remember to take down flyers, update websites, call people to let them know you’ve found your lost animal. Tedious, but very important.