Finding a Lost Dog

The gut wrenching pain and anxiety of realising your pet is missing can easily cause us to panic and waste valuable time when we should be trying to find our beloved pooch.

As a Global Micro Gold Member you already have an advantage because within minutes of realising your pet is missing an alert with your contact details and information and a photo of your pet can be broadcast to vets, animal pounds, councils, Global Micro Spotters and others, not just in the area where your pet was last seen, but all adjoining suburbs and areas, even in country Australia.

Identifying the reason your pet has gone missing can help determine where they might be, but the important thing is to act quickly and don’t panic.

If you dog has run away due to fear it is likely to be in hiding, often near where it became scared. Check garages, sheds, and corners of your yard or under the house where it might have taken refuge. Don’t forget to check inside your house, it might be hiding under a bed, and if it’s scared it might not come when called, no matter how obedient and responsive it might normally be.

If your dog was chasing another animal it might have travelled a considerable distance and lost its way home and can very quickly be some kilometres away.

And remember, be patient, it can take hours and even days to find our loved pet, but here is a systematic way of trying to reunite with your dog.

  1. MUSTER A MOB: Gather as many family and friends as you can to help you search for your pet. If you have a regular dog sitter or dog walker contact them immediately to see if your pet has gone to them.

  2. If you can offer a reward, do so, but don’t make it too big a reward as this can make people think it is a highly valuable dog and they might be encouraged to keep you pet if they find it.

    Don’t put your address on the Missing Pet poster. For safety and security only your first name, phone number and/or phone numbers of your friends should be on the poster.

    Give copies of the posters to your family and friends as well as some thumb tacks or sticky tape so they can stick the lost posters on telegraph poles, noticeboards etc.

    Put a poster in the rear window of all your family cars.

  3. SEARCH THE LOCAL AREA: Divide the local search area up among your friends and family so that you can maximise the spread of your search. Look in areas such as local parks, friends’ houses or pet sitters’ places your dog is familiar with. If you have a Global Micro G-Paw device you will know the areas your pet normally frequents.

    If possible take a torch with you to check in dark areas and under buildings. Also take some of your pet’s favourite squeaky toys as these can be useful to attract your dog’s attention.

    Be liberal with your Lost Pet posters. Put them up on busy intersections and areas with high pedestrian traffic such as shopping centres, parks, beaches etc.

  4. OTHER DOG OWNERS: If you see other dog owners out walking their pets give them a Lost Pet poster and ask them to keep an eye out for your pet. By virtue of them being a dog owner they are likely to be sympathetic to your situation.

    If you see young children out playing ask them, young boys and girls are often attracted to stray dogs and might have seen your pet.

  5. LOCAL VETS AND ANIMAL POUNDS: If you are not a Global Micro Gold Member contact all the vets, animal pounds and animal shelters in the area where your pet was last seen.

    If you have a regular vet give their clinic a call and advise them that your pet is missing.

    They can make a note in their clinic records in case someone hands your pet in.

  6. POST MISSING ADS: While newspapers carry missing pet ads, unless you are lucky it could be days or even a week before your ad is published. Websites such as Craig’s List and Gumtree allow free advertising and your ad is published immediately.

    If you use any of the social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc. post a message and a photo of your missing pet on there. Ask your circle of friends to repost your message so it covers a wide area and increases the chance of your pet being found.

  7. NEVER QUIT: Do not give up hope of finding your pet. Dogs have been known to travel long distances and sometimes not show up for weeks. Check the areas where you have put up the Lost Pet posters and if necessary replace them or put up new posters.

    Keep in touch with your vet and local animal pounds and councils.

  8. FOUND PET: Once you have been reunited with your pet let your local vet know. If you reported your pet as missing on the Global Micro Animal Registry log in to your account and update your records to show your dog has been found.

    It is also a good idea to take your pet to the vet for a check-over. They might have got into some mischief while they were missing, picked up something nasty like a tick or have some cuts or injuries you might not notice.

  9. CHECK YOUR SURROUNDINGS: If you pet escaped from your yard check all the perimeter fences, gates and doors to make sure they are secure and your loved dog can’t escape again.