What To Do If You Lose A Pet

Go to the Animal Shelters that services your area as soon as possible and be sure to bring a current photograph of your pet. It is very important that you come in person to look through the kennels at least every three (3) days after filing a report.

Staff at the shelters will assist you in filing a “Lost Animal” report. The report will be kept on file for three (3) months. Animals impounded without a current license are held five (5) working days for the owner to reclaim the animals. It is essential that you continue to personally check with the agency, as only you would be certain to recognize your own pet.

We would like to emphasize the importance of personally returning on a regular basis to the Animal Services Center to find your lost pet. Do not rely on someone else. The best chance of finding a lost pet is the personal efforts of a loving concerned owner.

Do not give up too soon. Many of the animals in the centers have wandered for weeks before being rescued by an Animal Services Officer or well-meaning people may have held the animal for some time before turning it in.

Notify neighbors and search areas thoroughly, especially in the evening as many pets become frightened and hide in the daytime. Door-to-door canvassing may provide leads as well and always be sure leave your phone number and address.

Advertise in local papers. Don’t wait for the finder of the animal to advertise. Place posters with a photo of your pet in the vicinity where the pet was lost – markets, schools, etc…, although not on utility poles. Remember though, to remove the posters once the animal is located. Enlist the help of children in the area. A reward may generate more interest.

Check with veterinarians. Injured pets may have been taken to a clinic.

How not to lose your Pet

Even the most responsible pet owners can lose a pet due to unforeseen circumstances. Try to take every precaution to see that the animal is safely protected:

License: Dogs and cats with a current license or identification tag attached to their collars are held at Animal Services Centers for a full 10 days instead of the four days (4) unlicensed strays are held. The owners are notified by telephone and via US Mail. Keep the county informed of any address or telephone number changes after you have applied for your pet’s license.

Identification Tag: Although many people are reluctant to assume a loose dog may be lost, a message such as “Help me, I’m lost” with your current telephone number and address on the tag will encourage people to contact you rather than let it wander to starve, become ill or be hit by a car.

Confinement: There is no better protection for your pet than a fenced yard or enclosed kennel area, do not let your pet run loose. Loose animals have caused serious auto accidents, harassed and/or killed livestock and other confined animals, damaged property and have become neighborhood nuisances.

Obedience: Many local organizations offer low-cost training classes. A well- trained pet can be a joy for you as well as your neighbors. If you are interested in classes, a volunteer will be happy to give you the telephone numbers of organizations in your area.

Spay and Neuter: Decrease your animal’s urge to wander in search of a mate. Spaying and neutering dramatically reduces and can eliminate, the attraction of males to females.