Help my pet is missing!!!
Recently, we had a big scare with a local Baltimore dog who went missing after a Wag sitter somehow let the pup loose and didn’t report to the owners for several hours. Luckily, after many days the pup was found safe and sound! The owner of Miku, the missing pup was extremely diligent in her search efforts. It got us thinking about all the different resources available to us if this ever happened. From traditional outlets (flyers, postings, etc) to the internet & social media.
When your beloved dog or cat strays from home, it can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Here are some tips that we hope will help you find your pet.
1. Contact local Baltimore animal shelters and animal control agencies.
File a lost dog for cat report with every Baltimore shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible. To find your local shelter, simply do a Google search for dog or animal shelters in Baltimore. Provide these agencies with an accurate description and a recent photograph of your pet. Notify the police if you believe your pet was stolen.
2. Search the neighborhood.
Walk or drive through Baltimore neighborhoods that could have been where your dog or cat would go several times each day. Ask neighbors, letter carriers and delivery people if they have seen your dog or cat. Hand out a recent photograph of your dog or cat and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found.
Post lost dog or lost cat notices at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, pet supply stores and other locations. Also, place advertisements in the local Baltimore newspapers and maybe even with radio stations. Include your dog or cats sex, age, weight, breed, color and any special markings. When describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.
4. Try the Internet.
These sites may be able to help you out:
- Center for Lost Pets
- Fido Finder
- Lost Dogs of America
- Lost Pet USA
- Missing Pet Partnership
- Neighborhood Facebook groups
5. Be wary of pet-recovery scams.
When talking to a stranger who claims to have found your pet, ask him to describe the pet thoroughly before you offer any information. If he does not include the identifying characteristic you left out of the advertisements, he may not really have your pet. Be particularly wary of people who insist that you give or wire them money for the return of your pet.
6. Don’t give up your search.
Animals who have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.
A pet—even an indoor pet—has a better chance of being returned if she always wears a collar and an ID tag with your name, address and telephone number. Ask your local animal shelter or veterinarian if permanent methods of identification (such as microchips) are available in your area.