We all love our pets, don’t we? However, do we do enough in making sure that our pet is always safe from everything? It is a matter that requires deep retrospection. If the answer doesn’t come out to be affirmative, then it is high time for you to change things a little because you’re about to witness something very terrifying.
A report by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), says that nearly 1 in every 5 pets, that is around 20% of the pets in the US go missing every year. The reasons for that can be anything; frightened by loud noises or just general ignorance. As pet owners, it becomes our duty to make sure that there is nothing out there which scares your little buddy.
However, the good news according to the same report by the ASPCA is that over 90% of the lost dogs and 75% of the lost cats eventually find their way home. Although we understand how heartbreaking it is to lose a pet, there are many things that you can do to make sure that your little friend finds its way back home. Here is everything that you can do:
#1. Spread the Word
Assuming that you have lost your pet; you can make up flyers with your pet’s picture, your name, and contact number, along with a little reward to anyone that informs you about your pet. Make sure to provide a good enough description about your pet, but, hold back a few characteristics so that you can know if the found pet is actually yours or not.
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#2. Visit Local Animal Shelter
Chances are that someone must’ve found your pet before seeing your flier. So make sure that you visit your local animal shelter and confirm that your pet has not been brought there. Also, don’t forget to file a lost report of your pet at your local animal shelter. They can help you in many ways.
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#3. Inquire at Veterinary hospital
Apart from the animal shelters, reach out to all the veterinary hospitals of your locality. Many people take lost pets to their local doctors, and you can get a lead into it if they know of your pet.
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#4. Ask your friends and neighbors
Step out and drive through your locality or wherever you last saw your pet. Ask friends and family to do the same. Talk to as many people as possible and let them know that you’re desperate to find your pet. While you’re at it, don’t forget to distribute plenty of flyers.
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#5. Leave Pet's favourite food on the porch
Another thing that you can do is to leave some of your pet’s favorite food outside your house and also around your locality. You never know your pet finds its way home and the food would help it in finding the right place. Put enough of the food so that you can catch your pet by the time it finishes the food.
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#6. Reach out to Print Media
Flyers probably won’t have a large reachability. So what you can do it to print ads in all the local newspapers. There are also various online pet retrieval portals that you can take help of to find your lost buddy. However, if you get a caller claiming that he has your pet, ask him to describe how your pet looks. There are chances someone is just trying to dupe you. So be cautious.
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#7. Browse online
Search online on pet selling websites of your pet. Chances are someone found your find and is now trying to sell it online.
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#8. Keep Looking
If it has been weeks or even months that all your measures have failed and your pet is still missing, don’t worry. There have been many instances where dogs and cats have been found after several months of missing. Just don’t stop putting in your efforts in finding your pet.
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#9. Don't lose your heart
And in the end, take care of yourself too. It is very easy to lose track of your own self when something like this happens. However, it is very important that you remain on the top of your game so that you can search for your pet every day.
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If you’ve lost a pet, we empathize with you. We hope that you find it as soon as possible. For people who have faced such circumstances, we love to hear about the moment when you finally your pet in the comments below.
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