Start with the ideas below in the “FIVE THING TO DO IF YOU'VE LOST A DOG” photo.
What to do:
There are many ideas here. Please don’t feel you have to do them all right away, but we feel it’s important to provide you with as many ideas as possible to help you find your dog. We are an all volunteer group and all of our services
What to do first:
Start with the ideas below in the “FIVE THING TO DO IF YOU'VE LOST YOUR DOG” photo.
Put out food and water in the area your dog was last seen: Do not put out dry dog food. The food you put out should be appetizing and have a strong aroma. Some suggestions are canned dog or cat food, Solid Gold Tripe or Tuna. Some people even grill out using bacon or burgers to lure a dog home.
Put out scented items where your pet was last seen: Scented items can include your dog's bed or favorite toy, a well worn clothing item or the pillowcase of the person they were most bonded to. Some even suggest a vacuum cleaner bag because it contains the scents from their home.
*** These tips also work if your is missing from a place other than home ***
If your dog is microchipped: Contact the microchip company to alert them that your dog is missing. Be sure they have your current phone numbers. Ask them to notify you immediately if your dog is scanned. Veterinarians are not required to notify you.
If your dog is wearing their rabies tag: Contact your vet/shelter (whoever administered the vaccine) to notify them that your dog is lost. Make sure they have your current phone number.
Go to the shelter: Bring along a clear and recent photograph of your dog. You can use the FREE flyer supplied by Lost Dogs Georgia and helpinglostpets.com. Don't assume the shelter will call you if your pet is found. Your dog may look different after a few days outside and not resemble the picture you supplied them. You'll recognize them, but a stranger may not. Check back daily and if at all possible, in person. Check shelters in surrounding counties too. To see our list of shelters, go here: LOST DOGS GEORGIA SHELTER LIST
Register with Lost Dogs Georgia and Helping Lost Pets and generate a FREE flyer, Flyer, Flyer! We can't stress this enough! This is the most effective tool to find a lost dog! Leave a flyer at each house in the area so they have a photo and your contact information handy if they see your dog. Be sure to tell people not to chase or call your dog, which can cause them to run farther from where they were lost, or run into traffic! CLICK HER TO GET YOUR FREE FLYER
Craigslist: Many people who find a lost pet will place an ad on Craigslist under the "Lost and Found" section, so check there for THEIR ad in addition to placing your own ad there. Also watch under the “Pet Section” to make sure your dog isn't being sold or re-homed by someone. Check postings that sound similar to your dog. Many people aren't familiar with breeds and one person’s medium dog is another’s large dog, etc. A picture is worth a thousand words! Click here for a list of Craigslist cities in Georgia. Setting your view to "gallery" allows you to see large photos without having to click on each listing. You can sign up to receive e-mail alerts from Craigslist for possible matches for your lost dog. See the upper right-hand corner of the photo below.
If you have people helping you: The best thing for friends to do is to help you with flyers. A lot of commotion and people “helping look for your dog” may cause the dog to hide or run. If they do see your dog, instruct them not to chase or call them, but to call you instead! (Please see below)
Your scared, lost dog may be so overwhelmed that they are leery of people – even you! It’s very important not to call or chase them as this may make them run farther, become more skittish with people, or run into traffic! For this reason, we strongly suggest NOT to offer a reward, which can encourage people to chase or call after your dog! Missing Pet Partnership has a short video that’s worth watching – especially if you have a shy or nervous dog. http://youtu.be/cmiZzB643is
Check shelters in the surrounding counties too: Pets travel farther than you think! Good Samaritans often pick up lost pets and take them to the shelter that’s closest and most convenient for them. The shelters are run separately, so you'll need to contact each one. Pets are only kept for a mandatory hold period – often only several days. After that, if your dog doesn’t have a microchip that can be traced back to you, they are either put up for adoption and adopted (permanently) by someone, or they are euthanized. Finding your pet within a few days is critical! To find shelters in your area, click HERE
Watch for comments on the Lost Dogs Georgia Facebook page: Comments will appearunder your dog’s flyer. Often someone will have seen your dog, but they’ll post a comment instead of contacting you. If you “tag” yourself under the comments you’ll get updates from Facebook. Also check your e-mail regularly (spam box too) for comments generated through the Helping Lost Pets system.
Change your outgoing message on your answering machine/voicemail asking for the date, time, and location that the caller may have seen your missing dog. Ask them to leave their name and phone number in case you have questions.
Monitor Craigslist: Most people who find a lost pet will place an ad on Craigslist, so check there for THEIR ad. Also watch under the “Pet Section” to make sure your dog isn’t being sold or rehomed by someone.
Give flyers to delivery people since they spend considerable time in the area - UPS, FedEx, your mail carrier, pizza delivery, even bus drivers! School children are very observant!
Take flyers to vet offices, groomers, dog parks, pet stores, grocery stores, farmer’s markets, events, gas stations, etc. Anywhere there are people!
Talk to kids in the neighborhood. They spend more time outside and can often help. The more people that know your dog is lost, the more likely they'll be reunited with you.
Put up signs (like garage sale/for rent signs) that say lost dog, a picture and your phone number in front of your house or the area they were lost. The person who found your dog may be trying to find you. Put the flyer/photo in an upside down sheet protector to keep it from getting wet.
Tag your car: Using the type of marker designed for writing on car windshields, write LOST DOG, breed, color, and your phone number. The people most likely to have seen your pet live in your neighborhood.
The Missing Pet Partnership has a short video that’s worth watching – especially if you have a shy or nervous dog. http://youtu.be/cmiZzB643is
After you have found your pet: When your pet comes home, please use this link to update your pet’s status: www.HelpingLostPets.com/MYPETS . This allows our volunteers to focus their efforts to help others with lost pets. We appreciate details on how your dog was found as this helps us gather information about which strategies are most successful. We use this to develop better methods for finding other pets and share this with shelters, rescues, and animal control facilities.
Need more help? We hope these tips are helpful, and that you are reunited with your dog very soon!! If you have questions or we can help in any way, please let us know.
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