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  • ljowen123ljowen123
    Posts: 3105
    Recently, I've seen a fair number of lost dog threads on here or facebook and I felt we need to compose a good checklist of thinks to do.

    1. Do not panic! Begin making a flyer that includes clear picture of dog, name of dog, height/weight/breed description. Make sure there is info on how to contact you - a reward is optional - people who are going to help will help regardless of a reward.
    2. Call local shelters, animal control, rescues, and vets
    3. Visit local shelters, animal control, rescues, and vets with flyer
    4. Post it on local community boards, social networking sites, etc.
    5. Make sure the microchip info is up to date - old phone numbers & emails make it difficult to track you down.
    6. Get out there and look - your dog recognizes your voice.
    7. Place an ad in the newspaper.
    8. Contact the shelters, animal control, rescues, and vets again - they have different schedules and they may not be posting the info for everyone to find.

    A new idea that I've just come across is this:
    I don't know what the cost is, but you fill in the info and then can have postcards sent out to people within your zip code with your dog's pic on it - what a neat service.
    LJ - owned by Queen Jazz, a Shiba Inu, Atlanta, GA
  • Serkle kSerkle k
    Posts: 974
    this is a great check list LJ! I think it should be stickied!
  • xrage4200xrage4200
    Posts: 5
    great list. Katsu escaped our fenced yard one night and we couldnt find him for hours. Walk and drove everywhere, and when I past the house the last time, he was sitting right in front of the garage door waiting for someone to open the door. So glad Katsu came back! smart shiba!!!
  • velvetkatvelvetkat
    Posts: 497
    great idea to compose a list as people who have just lost an animal are in panic mode(I know I would be) and this is an invaluable tool for those of us that will not be able to think straight at that moment in time!
  • SayaSaya
    Posts: 6678
    This is great thanks for making the list up. The lostpetcards sounds nice.
    Nicole, 5year old Bella(Boxer), and 4year old Saya(Shiba inu)
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    Post edited by alisagaylon at 2012-04-12 10:02:38
  • @ljowen123- Good list.

    add to # 5- Contact the microchip company. Most have some version of "lost animal alerts". Ask them to do an alert for your missing dog.

    add item #9- Let local police/sheriff/fire stations know about the lost dog. Sometimes people will drop found dogs off at these facilities. Also let your postal worker know as well as any utility company folks working in the area. If you are in an area with apartments, it might be good to leave a flyer with the apartment managers. Post flyers near schools, churches, etc.
    Post edited by sukoshi’s mom at 2012-04-12 15:37:00

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