It’s always scary when a pet runs away. We at Merry Pets have joined in the search for clients’ lost furry friends in the past and know how stressful it can be. There are lots of things you can do to help get your pet back quickly, and time is of the essence, so the things you do in the first hour that you discover your pet is lost are critical. Follow these tips from Utah Lost & Found Pets to help you be prepared.
In the first 15 minutes, look for your pet within a one-mile radius of wherever he/she was lost. Grab friends and neighbors to help you go door to door, letting neighbors know your pet is missing. Bring a photo of your pet along if possible, and be sure to hand out your contact info to everyone you talk to so they can easily get a hold of you if they spot your pet (business cards work well for this).
In the next 10-15 minutes, call the animal control office nearest you and let them know as many details about your pet as possible, including a physical description and any medical, tag or micro chip info. That way, they can quickly match any new pets brought in to the info you’ve provided.
In the next 30 minutes, make and distribute flyers to post around your neighborhood and online. Make sure the flyer has one nice photo that takes up half the flyer space, your pet’s name and the info you gave the animal control office; the date and time your pet was lost; the cross streets, city, state and zip code where your pet was lost; and your contact info.
Putting these tips into action can help you find your lost pet quickly. Read more tips on the Utah Lost & Found Pets Facebook page.