Your dog got out of the fence and now you can’t find him. Now what?
Hopefully, he’s wearing a collar and a tag with his name and your contact information on it. That way, if someone picks him up or he winds up at the shelter, he’ll be easily identified. Or, perhaps you had him microchipped. Most vets offices and animal shelters will scan incoming animals for a microchip, which would also contain your contact information and can help reunite him with his happy family.
A lot of times this isn’t the case. The dog has been lost and has no identification on him. How will you find him?
- Flyers – print flyers with a photo of the dog and your contact information. You can usually hang these in vets’ offices, animal control, telephone poles, local stores, etc. You can also take them door to door in the area where the dog was last seen to alert the neighborhood that Fido is out running amok.
- Animal Service Network – Stay in contact with the local shelters, rescues, veterinary offices, groomers, etc in your area. If someone picks up your dog, he may eventually wind up in the shelter, or having to go to the vet or groomers. If they are aware he’s a missing dog, they may be able to alert you.
- Social Media – The power of hyper local social media is no joke, we see it all the time. Post a photo of your missing dog on your wall alerting your friends to your missing pooch, but don’t miss out on local facebook groups or local internet forums.
The best course of action is to not lose the dog in the first place. Make sure your gates are secure and that your dog is always on a leash when you leave your home with him.