LOST PETS PAGE
|The first and
most important points are NOT TO PANIC and to NEVER GIVE UP - most pets
will get lost at least once sometime in their lives and most will manage
to find their way home by themselves. Some pets, especially cats,
have been known to return home safely even after several months of 'wandering'.
Chances are that your pet is, at this very moment, being pampered by a 'well meaning' neighbour and is quite oblivious to the torment that it is putting you through.
If you are reading this out of interest rather than out of need, you could save yourself a lot of future heart-ache and money by having your pet micro chipped now, the least you can do for your dog is to put an ID Tag on it with your name and telephone number.
STAY CALM and work through the suggestions below:-
|If you have
lost your dog, consider how he behaves normally when off the lead.
Does he 'bolt' or 'wander'? Dogs that tend to 'bolt' will generally
cover greater distances when lost and will travel in straighter lines,
dogs that 'wander' will not generally get so far before realising that
they are lost.
Before you start your search, think if there is anywhere that your dog is likely to go - a neighbour who sometimes takes him for a walk, or a local school where he once got some lunchtime tit bits; anywhere that he may have purposely gone for a bit of extra attention. If this does not find him, get a large scale local map and begin searching from a five mile radius back towards your house. Check side roads and footpaths as well as main routes. Dogs tend to be attracted to schools, rubbish tips, parks, farms, etc., so check these places first.
|Cats on the other
hand are more likely to have got stuck up a tree or in a drainage pipe
than wandered off. Check EVERYWHERE - cats can get into the most
unlikely places! Washing machines, chimneys, behind wardrobes, under houses;
if the space is big enough for a mouse to run, chances are that your cat
will have followed it in there!!
Search your immediate home and gardens and get your neighbours to look in their garages and car boots before you start looking further afield. (One lady, in South Carolina, USA, found another useful tip in trying to find her cat. She spread as many paths as she could to her house of her cat's used litter and put some of her unwashed clothes around the garden. She continued calling her each night and she did come back. It's definitely worth a try.)
|Whether you have lost your cat or dog, there are some key 'dos' and 'don'ts' to ensuring a safely returned pet:|
One of the most successful methods for finding a lost pet is to place posters around your local area. These do not need to be highly professional, a simple sheet with a good description or photo, where he was last seen and a contact telephone number is all that it takes.
|Drive round your
area calling - your scent can be picked up much easier if you are on foot
and then followed back to your home.
Call your pets name then hurry off immediately to call from another location
AS MANY ORGANISATIONS AS POSSIBLE:-
If your pet has been found and his identity not known, it is likely that he has been handed in somewhere. If a Dog Warden has collected your dog it only has seven days before it is passed to a re-homing centre - so act quickly, as it could have a new home the day after. Unfortunately communications between organisations is poor mainly due to resources. Contact each and everyone yourself. Contact any animal organisations even if you think they are too far away - someone travelling through your area may have found your pet and then handed him in nearer their own home
- NEVER GIVE UP!
If anyone has any more tips or advice - please email me to include them on the page.