Tips to Stop Your Dog From Becoming Lost & Being Prepared if They Do
1. Be familiar with your dog. Notice any distinguishing markings on his body like scars or special markings.
2. Take clear photos of your dog from all angles. Do not rely on old, blurry photos. Take 20 minutes to photograph your dog at least once a year. Photographs are helpful for fliers and to help prove a dog is yours. You should take photos of those scars and markings, too.
3. If your dog isn't microchipped already, have it done. Carefully copy the microchip number and put it on your fridge and in your wallet. If your dog is microchipped, ensure the address and phone number on the microchip have the latest information by contacting the microchip company.
4. Make sure your dog's collar isn't fraying or torn. Ensure collars and harnesses fit correctly.
5. Check your dog's ID tag - is the information up to date? If not, be sure to get new tags as soon as possible.
Tips to Get Your Dog Back Home
1. Call and visit all local shelters and animal control facilities daily.
2. If you think your pup isn't too far away, leave a familiar scent, like a blanket, with a food dish (only during the day to avoid wildlife) on your porch.
3. Ask your friends and family to help, help, help. Scan the areas on foot and by car.
4. Sometimes a scared pup will be attracted to another dog. Bring a pooch along on your search.
5. Make fliers. If it’s calling for bad weather, put your fliers in upside down paper protectors and tape the bottom closed.
6. Make sure to include the following on your flier: A large, clear photo, phone number, date last seen, place last seen, and that the pet needs medication or medical attention (to deter someone from wanting to keep a friendly dog).
7. Put a flier in your mailbox so your mail person can keep an eye out during the day.
8. Call local veterinarian offices. Ask them if you can post fliers. Also call your veterinarian.
9. Call local pet supply stores. Ask them if you can post fliers.
10. Don’t give up! Animals have been found months, even years after they've gone missing.
Contacts & Links to Help Them Get Back Safely
Fido Finder - Posting of Lost/Found Dogs
Lost My Doggie - Multiplatform Neighborhood Alert System
Flealess Lost Pet Postings - Tennessee
Petfinder Helpful Lost/Found Dog Articles
Missing Pets - Lost and Found Postings
Pets 911 - National Listings of Lost Pets
Pet Key - Lost/Found Pets and Microchip Services
Find Toto - Pet Alert System