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Lost Dog Resources

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If you've lost your pet, don't waste any time. Begin your search as soon as you notice that the animal is missing.

Finding a lost pet

Here are some steps to take:

  • Ask everyone: neighbors, children, mail carriers, passersby. Show them a photo of your pet. Even if they have not seen him, they may be willing to keep an eye out for him.
  • Create a flyer with your pet's photo, a brief description and your phone number. Distribute the flyers and post them on telephone poles in the area where you lost your pet. If you can afford it, you might consider offering a reward.
  • Post socially. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Next Door, Craig’s List, on church, work or veterinary/pet store, restaurant and coffee shop bulletin boards.
  • Go to all the shelters in the area - don't just call them. Give them a color photo of your pet with your phone number on it. Ask to see all the animals in the shelter and visit every cage.
  • Go back and check all the shelters every day. Shelter employees are often very busy, so you can't depend on someone remembering that an animal like yours was brought in.
  • Call the local animal control officer in all the surrounding towns. Send each a photo and visit the town pounds daily.
  • Call area veterinary clinics and send them a photo of your pet. Ask each of them if any animal fitting your pet's description has been brought in.
  • If you suspect that your pet may have been stolen, report your pet missing to the police. They may know if an animal fitting your pet's description has been hit by a car (or they may be able to direct you to the department that handles this).
  • Look around your neighborhood carefully (or wherever your pet was lost). Cats can wander into a neighbor's basement or garage, fall asleep and accidentally get shut in.
  • Late at night or very early in the morning, when the area is quiet, go to the place where your pet was lost. Bring his favorite food and a flashlight. Call his name and wait to see if he shows up. Try this repeatedly.
  • If your pet is registered with a lost-pet network organization, call them right away.
  • If your pet has a microchip, contact the microchip company to make sure they have your most current address and phone number.
  • If you are so inclined, you might try the help of a pet psychic or animal communicator. Make sure you use someone who is well-known and reputable.

Creating a flyer

One of the best aids in your search is a good flyer that you can post throughout your neighborhood. Be sure that it includes a good photo of your pet and a thorough description. Paste the flyers to fluorescent poster board, and write "LOST PET" in large black letters at the top. If your pet was lost in an area other than your neighborhood, post the flyers in the area where your pet was lost, as well as the area around your home, since animals often find their way back to their home neighborhood.

A free, easy-to-use flyer-maker program is available at Pet Bond. This program allows you to enter information about the animal, insert a photo and print the flyer, which you can then post at local businesses and other places in your community. Additional suggestions on how to create effective flyers and where to post them are available at Missing Animal Response Network.

Posting messages online

In addition, you might want to post a message about your lost pet on websites such as nextdoor.com and petamberalert.com. A word of caution: While posting online is an excellent way to advertise lost and found pets, some pet websites and Internet community boards have been used by people attempting to commit fraudulent transactions, so investigate closely all responses you receive from online posting. You may want to set up a separate email address to use just for the "lost pet" posting. Additional information can be found in the article Avoiding Pet Scams.

You might also find some helpful advice on the Missing Animal Response Network, which was created by Kat Albrecht, a former police bloodhound handler and search-and-rescue handler. Kat is dedicated to reuniting lost companion animals with their owners. She has done quite a bit of research into how animals behave when they are separated from their homes, and has discovered that not all lost pet incidents are the same.

Kat has identified the three most common reasons why pets become separated from their families: opportunistic journey, wanderlust and blind panic. She has also identified six major factors that influence the distances that a lost pet will travel: temperament, circumstances, weather, terrain, appearance and population density. For more details on how these factors may have influenced your pet's behavior, check out Lost Dog Behavior and Lost Cat Behavior.

Keep looking!

Remember, pets can be amazingly resilient and resourceful, so don't stop looking: We have heard stories of pets being found long after their disappearance. If your pet is frightened, he/she may find a safe place to hide and stay there for several days before venturing out. In addition, it's quite common for people to pick up pets and assume that they are strays rather than lost pets. Make sure you are not only posting "lost pet" flyers, but also checking any "found" or "for adoption" flyers you come across.

Don't give up! Persistence is often the key to finding a lost pet. Some animals have been found after months of being missing.

Sample of Lost Dog Poster

lost dog poster


Helpful Lost Dog Links in Taysia Blue Rescue Coverage Areas:

Nebraska

Facebook Lost Pet Group URLs

Followers

Coverage

https://www.facebook.com/LostPetsNebraska

5500

Nebraska

https://www.facebook.com/groups/512434362108901/

7700

Nebraska

https://www.facebook.com/LostPetsofOmahaArea/

47,000

Omaha

https://www.facebook.com/LostPetsOmahaNE/

8700

Omaha

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1374286782838042/

4800

Omaha

https://www.facebook.com/groups/505235632919762/

3700

Omaha

https://www.facebook.com/groups/509779706162055/

2600

Omaha

https://www.facebook.com/LostPetsLincolnNE/

6400

Lincoln

https://www.facebook.com/groups/193827750774449/

3500

Lincoln

 

Animal Control / Shelters

Coverage (county / city)

URL for lost and found information

Nebraska Humane Society

Omaha (Sarpy / Douglas Co.)

https://www.nehumanesociety.org/for-pet-owners/lost-and-found/

Capital Humane Society

Lincoln

https://www.capitalhumanesociety.org/pet-owner-resources/lost-found-pets.html

Midlands Animal Shelter

Council Bluffs, IA

http://midlandshumanesociety.org/

Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska

Norfolk, NE

https://www.animalshelternn.org/

Central Nebraska Humane Society

Grand Island

https://centralnebraskahumanesociety.com/

Dodge County Humane Society

Fremont

http://www.dchs-wi.org/

Kearney Area Animal Shelter

Kearney

https://www.kearneyanimalshelter.com/

Beatrice Humane Society

Beatrice

http://www.beatricehumanesociety.com/

Jeanette Hunt Animal Shelter

Blair

http://www.blairanimalshelter.org/

Paws and Claws Adoption Center

Columbus

http://pawsandclawsne.org/

Humane Society of Richardson County

Falls City

http://rchs-ne.tripod.com/

Perkins County Animal Shelter

Grant

http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/NE40.html

Start Over Rover

Hastings

http://www.startoverrover.org/

McCook Humane Society

McCook

http://www.mccookhumanesociety.com/

North Platte Animal Shelter

North Platte

http://www.npanimalshelter.com/

Holt County Animal Shelter

O'Neill

http://www.holthumane.org/

Plattsmouth Animal Shelter

Plattsmouth

http://www.plattsmouth.org

Panhandle Humane Society

Scottsbluff

http://www.panhandlehumanesociety.org/

Blue River Pet Rescue

Seward

https://www.facebook.com/blueriverpet/

Saunders County Lost Pets Pet Rescue

Wahoo

http://www.saunderscountylostpets.com/

York Adopt a Pet

York

http://yorkadoptapet.com/


Northwest Arkansas

Facebook Lost Pet Group URLs

Followers

Coverage

Lost and Found Pets of Northwest Arkansas

11000

Northwest Arkansas

Lost Pets of North West Arkansas

3500

Northwest Arkansas

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1137988269627376/

8000

Northwest Arkansas

https://www.facebook.com/Siloam-Springs-AR-Lost-and-Found-Pets-116637831706074/

4600

Siloam Springs

https://www.facebook.com/alfpetnetwork/

77000

Arkansas

https://www.facebook.com/groups/arkansaslostandfoundpets/

19000

Arkansas

https://www.facebook.com/groups/100422443380442/

30000

Northwest Arkansas

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1422067294765220/

1700

Farmington

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2474634419484138/

486

Gravette

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1570232189916058/

660

River Valley and NWA

https://www.facebook.com/groups/290692874318459/

2600

Carroll County

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1566140413618231/

17000

Fort Smith

 

Animal Control / Shelters

Coverage (county / city)

URL for lost and found information

Centerton Animal Services

Centerton and Bentonville

https://centertonar.us/animal-services-1

Rogers Animal Shelter

Rogers

https://www.rogersar.gov/1064/Found-Pet

 

Benton County

no information provided

Bella Vista Animal Control

Bella Vista

https://www.bellavistaar.gov/government/departments/animal_control/index.php

Siloam Springs Animal Shelter

Siloam Springs

https://www.siloamsprings.com/149/Animal-Shelter

City of Gentry Animal Services

Gentry

https://www.gentryarkansas.us/animal-services

City of Gravette Public Safety

Gravette

https://www.gravettear.com/public-safety

Washington County Animal Shelter

Washington County

https://www.washingtoncountyar.gov/government/departments-a-e/animal-shelter

Huntsville Animal Control

Madison County

https://huntsvillearkansas.org/animalcontrol/

Carroll County Animal Shelters

Carroll County

https://www.countyoffice.org/ar-carroll-county-animal-shelters/

Fayetteville Animal Services

Fayetteville

https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/525/Animal-Services

Lowell Animal Shelter

Lowell

http://www.lowellarkansas.gov/mobile/departments/animal-welfare/

City of Springdale Animal Services

Springdale

https://www.springdalear.gov/149/Animal-Services

Good Shepherd Humane Society

Eureka Springs / Carroll Co.

https://www.goodshepherd-hs.org/

Paws & Claws Pet Shelter

Huntsville

https://www.thepetshelter.org/

Bella Vista Animal Shelter

Bella Vista

https://bellavista-animalshelter.org/

Humane Society for Animals

Rogers

https://nwahumanesocietyforanimals.org/

City of Prairie Grove Animal Shelter

Prairie Grove

https://www.prairiegrovepd.org/animal.html


Kansas City Metro

Facebook Lost Pet Group URLs

Followers

Coverage

https://www.facebook.com/groups/lostpetskc

32.7k

Kansas City

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1441343269495157

14.8

Kansas City

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1903199669906706

1.3

Tonganoxie, KS


Colorado

Facebook Lost Pet Group URLs

Followers

Coverage

https://www.facebook.com/lostfoundhuskycolorado/

1754

Colorado

https://www.facebook.com/groups/lostandfounddogscolorado

17400

Colorado

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2015132901868808

5500

Denver

https://www.facebook.com/groups/796188290540618

11400

Colorado Springs

https://www.facebook.com/LostPetsDenverCO

12000

Denver

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1632227203705952

3300

Denver

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1205024572846891

3800

Longmont

 

Animal Control / Shelters

Coverage (county / city)

URL for lost and found information

Denver Animal Shelter

Denver

https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-animal-shelter/lost-pets.html

Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region

Southern Colorado

https://www.hsppr.org/lost-your-pet/

Humane Society of the Platte South Valley

South Denver

https://hsspv.org/lostandfound

Humane Society of Boulder Valley

Boulder, Aurora, Broomfield, Superior, Lafayette, Louisville, Erie

https://www.boulderhumane.org/lost-and-found/

Adams County Animal Shelter

Northglenn, Thornton

http://www.adcogov.org/animalshelter

Foothills Animal Shelter

Wistminster

https://foothillsanimalshelter.org/services/lost-and-found/

Longmont Humane Society

Longmont

https://www.longmonthumane.org/?q=lost-found

Denver Dumb Friends League

Denver, Castle Rock

https://www.ddfl.org/lost-found/


Iowa

Animal Control / Shelters

Coverage (county / city)

URL for lost and found information

 

Ames Animal Shelter

Ames

https://www.cityofames.org/government/departments-divisions-a-h/ames-animal-shelter-animal-control

 

Story County Animal Shelter

Story County

http://www.storycountyiowa.gov/88/Animal-Control-Shelter

 

Boone Area Humane Society

Boone County

https://bahs.us/lost-pet/

 

Animal Rescue League of Iowa

Polk County

https://www.arl-iowa.org/pet-help/lost-and-found-pets/

 

Midlands Humane Society

Council Bluffs

https://midlandshumanesociety.org/

 

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