Things to Do When Searching for a Lost Pet

Taking immediate action is crucial when you have lost a pet. Following are things you can do the moment you realize your pet is missing to enhance your chances of them returning home:

•It is extremely important that you visit your local, city and county shelters daily to search for your lost pet.

•Create flyers and ask permission to post them at local veterinary offices, grocery stores, shopping areas or school bulletin boards.

•Ask the regular delivery people in your area if they have seen your pet. Check with your mail carrier, newspaper delivery person or anyone you know who is in your neighborhood on a regular basis.

•You can place an ad in your city and local newspapers describing the pet that you lost.

•Look for your pet in unusual or unused places around your home, including outside storm drains and ditches.

•Check with your local radio programs -- some will allow you to place a notice on-air.

•Add your information to the Pets 911 Lost or Found Pet Locator.

•The most important measure to take is a preventative measure: always keep current identification on your pet!

Pets 911 is a free public service consisting of and a bilingual, toll-free hotline, 1-888-PETS-911. Pets 911 is the nationwide network of animal welfare organizations working together to make it easy to return your lost pet home, as well as provide you with the community-specific information needed to better care for your pets. Information and advice contained on this site is for your consideration only. Please consult your veterinarian for specific advice concerning the care and treatment of your pet.

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