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Finding Lost Pets: What to Do

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Some Tips On What To Do

A lost pet can be one of the most traumatic events you will ever experience in your life. The good news is that nowadays finding lost pets has never been easier. With advances in technology and organised systems in place, many lost pets don’t stay missing for long.

CREATE A LISTING ON WHERE PETS ARE FOUND

Get the word out there and create a free listing on Where Pets Are Found.  Make sure you add as much detail as you can and include a recent photo of your pet. Once the listing is on the site, copy the listing URL and email it to your friends, family and colleagues. Put simply, the more people that see the listing and know that your pet is lost, the greater the chance that someone that has seen your pet will contact you.

GET OUT THERE AND LOOK

There are numerous methods for finding lost pets. Firstly, ask your neighbours. Perhaps go for a drive and scope the neighbourhood out as well. Look in garages, cupboards and any other places you think your pet could be trapped. Cats, particularly, are notorious for exploring new places and unknowingly being shut in. In such instances, it is often a good idea to wait until external noise levels allay and then listen for any signs of your pet.

COUNCIL, VETS AND THE RSPCA

If you still cannot find your pet, ring your local council. A possibility is that the local ranger picked it up. When finding lost pets, local veterinarians; the local council; and, the RSPCA should be your second ports of call. Don’t just enquire about your missing pet (using the microchip number and description), but also leave this information along with your contact details.

REGISTER AND MICROCHIPPING

You can also register your animals with a national pet registry. This is a database where your pet’s microchip number and your contact details are stored. Despite microchipping, it is still a good idea to attach a name tag to your pet. This should clearly display your current contact details.

AND REMEMBER

Finding lost pets can be a very emotionally charged experience. Try and keep your cool. Consider all options and rule out nothing. Spread the word. Follow these suggestions and a reunion with your best friend should be swift and trouble-free.

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