For many people, a pet is a member of the family. So a missing pet can feel like a missing person.
- Report your missing animal
- Let your friends and neighbors know
- Post flyers
Report you missing animal to the authorities. Depending upon your local government you may need to call the local police, the sheriff or the animal shelter.
When you call, have your pet information sheet ready to answer questions about your pet. If they ask you to email the information, place the information in the body of the email as well as attaching the document.
The best pet information sheet includes the following: Your name and contact information at the top. Your pet’s information: breed, height, weight, special marks, fur length, type of coat, length of tail, birth date, and possible aggressiveness toward people or other animals.
Three pet photographs that every pet owner should have:
- a portrait of your pet
- a full body pose of your pet
- a photo of you with your pet
Let your friends and neighbors know that your pet is missing.
Pets can end up in a neighbor’s yard or running somewhere in the neighborhood. Letting the people living closest to you know about your pet is the best way to look in a hundred places right away. Calling a few helpful friends who will call other neighbors for you is particularly helpful.
Missing pet flyers should include a picture of your pet, description and your contact information. If there have been sightings, include the last place your pet was seen. Print 25 flyers. Post on phone poles or place the flyer on your neighbor’s doors. Post your pet’s photo on social media so other people in town can keep an eye out for your pet.
Just in case: keep your pet information sheet and recent photographs available for the emergency we hope never happens.