Resources: Six Tips

Here are some general tips that we hope will help you start your search.

1. Contact local animal shelters and animal control agencies. File a lost pet report with every shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible. To find your local shelter, search online or check your phone book. If you live in BC, here is a list of BC SPCA branches: http://www.spca.bc.ca/branches/

If there is no shelter in your community, contact the local police department. Provide these agencies with an accurate description and a recent photograph of your pet. Notify the police if you believe your pet was stolen.

2. Search the neighbourhood. Walk or drive through your neighbourhood several times each day. Ask neighbours, letter carriers, and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found. Post signs in your neighbourhood that are large and eye-catching. Make sure the posters have a good picture of your dog and your contact information. We suggest that you do not offer a reward at first, but if you do want to do this, do not list the amount on your sign.

3. Advertise elsewhere. Post your signs at grocery stores, community centres, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, at pet supply stores, coffee shops, and any other frequently visited locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with your local radio stations. Include your pet’s sex, age, weight, breed, colour, and any special markings.

4. Use the internet. Let your friends and family know your pet is lost using email and social networks like Facebook or Twitter. If you live in the Victoria area, these sites may also be able to help you out:

5. Be wary of pet-recovery scams. When talking to a stranger who claims to have found your pet, ask him to describe the pet thoroughly before you offer any information, especially if you have offered a reward. Be particularly wary of people who insist that you give or wire them money for the return of your pet.

6. Don’t give up your search! Animals who have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.

2 thoughts on “Resources: Six Tips

    1. Audrey Post author

      Don’t worry – we’ve been trying to help her out as much as we can since Annie went missing.

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