For the past several months, I have watched from afar as a friend on Facebook searches for her lost cat. She is living through one of my worst nightmares: a beloved animal in my care that has gone missing. I feel for her, so very much, and still hold out hope that she finds the cat that she so obviously loves. There are few ordeals more difficult than having a beloved pet go missing. Here are some simple things you can do to make certain that your pet comes home to you.
- If your pet has been microchipped, contact the microchip company to make sure they have your correct information in case someone locates your pet.
- Contact local animal shelters and rescue groups to file a Lost Pet report. Make certain that every clinic has a current photo of your pet.
- Contact local veterinary clinics. Make certain that every clinic has a copy of the missing pet report as well as a current photo of your pet.
- Contact local radio stations or area television stations to file a Lost Pet report. Make certain to include a current photo of your pet.
- Create postings about your missing pet on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, craigslist, and so on. Post a photo and description of your missing pet on these pages so that it can be shared with followers.
- Create a flyer with the animal’s name, age, breed, size, color, markings, last seen location, and the date the animal went missing. Be certain to include any collar or tag information, too.
- Go to the area shelters and walk the kennels to see if your animal is there. You are the best person to identify your missing pet.
- Visit www.missingpetpartnership.org for additional information on search techniques, common behaviors of missing animals, and more.
Good luck, and I hope that all family members–bipedal, four-pawed, or hoofed–are home safely every night.