|UPDATED DEC. 5, 2014|
Is Your Pet Missing in SoCal?
this great info provided by Last Chance for Animals
Look everywhere – around the house, in closed cupboards, closets, the garage, and the yard.
Call your local animal shelter(s) immediately to see if your animal was recently admitted. In Long Beach, the number is 562/570-PETS. Check the Lost Dogs section at www.LongBeach.gov/acs.
Go door to door, and talk with neighbors in the area where your pet disappeared; it may provide leads to when the animal ran away and in which direction it headed.
Post on Facebook:
• Haute Dogs
• Long Beach, Calif. (if the dog lives in Long Beach)
Include a photo, name of animal, breed, color, specific markings, is dog chipped?, who to contact if found.
Post a classified ad in Justin Rudd's weekly SoCal DOG e-Newsletter that reaches more than 11,500 local dog lovers and owners. The e-newsletter goes out each Thurs. Deadline for submissions is Wed. night. Rates start at $30. There is a cash discount. You can even include a small photo for an extra $10. Well worth the price if you can get your pet back! Contact Justin@JustinRudd.com
Walk, drive, or bicycle around the neighborhood, calling the animal's name over and over. If your pet has been trapped in neighbor's yard or has been too injured to move, it may respond to your voice, so it's important to listen carefully. Pay special attention to sheds, abandoned buildings, and anywhere else your pet could be hiding. Perform this search several times throughout the day.
Create and post signs with a photo of your pet (be sure to post them legally and remove them after your pet is found!) that gives a description of the animal, the area in which he or she was lost, and a phone number or two. Be sure to place the fliers in your neighborhood and beyond, as well as in places where many people are likely to see them such as grocery stores, pet supply stores, veterinarians’ offices, and animal shelters. If possible, offer a reward of at least $300 to give people an incentive to return your pet.
Take trips to the animal shelter every day or every few days to look at all of the animals being held as strays. Trips are much more effective than phone calls, for animal descriptions are often very vague, and it's possible that the shelter employee on the phone may not match a particular animal to a lost report. Remember, you should visit the shelter for a minimum of ten days.
Contact veterinary clinics, including emergency veterinary hospitals. Your pet may have been injured and taken to a veterinarian or veterinary hospital for treatment.
Contact local daily and weekly newspapers to place a lost pet ad. Also, check the “found animal” section of local newspapers.
Contact local radio and television stations. Many air "lost and found pets" segments.
Ask delivery people who regularly travel through your neighborhood if they have seen your pet. Your mail carrier, water delivery person, gas company employee, security guard, or meter reader may have seen your pet. Ask them to be on the lookout for your animal as they pass through the area.
File a police report with your local police department or sheriff's office. If you suspect that your animal has been stolen, report it to the police immediately. A police report will be useful for identification purposes when retrieving your pet and will prove helpful in court if a suspect is brought to trial. If the authorities are hesitant to prepare the report, remind them that pets by law are valuable “property” and their theft is either a felony or misdemeanor under all state laws. By law, the police must take action on your complaint. Be persistent.
If several animals in your neighborhood have turned up missing, contact the police. Provide them with as much detailed information as possible.
Do not give up! Your pet is depending on you to do your best to try to find him or her. There are many instances of cats and dogs being found after many months. The person who responds immediately to a missing pet and expends significant energy in trying to find the animal stands a much greater chance of recovering him or her.
Some of this information has been excerpted from Stolen for Profit by Judith Reitman.
Make Sure Your Pet Remains “Found”
Visit STOLENPETS.com for more information
Who is this guy?!
- Justin Rudd!, Haute Dogs and Community Action Team (CAT), founder & organizer