5 tips to finding a lost pet

5 tips to finding a lost pet

No one likes to lose a pet. Those who have gone through the ordeal know how stressful and nerve-wracking the experience can be. Along with the sense of loss is the time and work that goes into trying to retrieve your furry companion.

If you have just lost your pet, know that you are not alone. According to the ASPCA, 15 out of every 1,000 owners could lose a pet at some point during their lives. Luckily, the same study proves that 85 percent of these pets were successfully recovered.

The good thing is that we can learn from these previous instances and use these experiences to compile the best and most successful ways to recover our lost pets. If you ever find yourself in this unfortunate circumstance, heed these five basic tips.

1. Make Fliers

The first step to finding a lost pet is making fliers. The best fliers include a vibrant and vivid photo of your pet along with detailed information about him or her including behaviors that might stick out or places they frequent.

You also want to include contact information for yourself. List at least one phone number along with a reward if you can afford one. Place these fliers in densely populated areas around your town.

2. Visit Shelters and Veterinarians

While your fliers do their thing, take a trip to your local pet shelters, rescue organizations and humane societies. Complete a lost pet report and return to the establishments every day to see if there have been any developments.

You should also check with your local veterinarian on a daily basis. People often bring lost pets to these offices, so this is another way of ensuring that no stone is left unturned.

3. Survey the Area

Make it a habit of taking walks and drives around the places where your pet was last seen. You never know where pets may roam. Some may venture out while others may stay close to home. Gather up some friends and family to help you out and offer extra eyes, and don’t forget to bring some fliers to you to pass to neighbors.

4. Get Online

The internet can be a powerful force when it comes to lost pets, so get online and use some of the resources available on the web. Start by contacting your local newspapers and ask about placing an ad asking for help.

While you are there, use the power of your favorite search engine and complete some searches using your pet’s description. If someone does get in touch with you, use caution and have the potential finder give you a detailed description of the pet first, so you know that it is, in fact, yours.

5. Be Patient

If you are unable to find your pet within the first day or two, don’t fret. It can often take weeks or months for a pet to find its way home so don’t give up the search. Keep up your daily drives and keep hounding the shelters and vets until you start getting answers.

Just remember not to lose hope. These pets usually aren’t going on wild adventures across the country. In most cases, they are working as hard to find you as you are trying to find them. Staying strong, persistent, and smart will no doubt lead you back to your precious pet.

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