Lost a pet? What to do!

If your pet does become lost, don’t delay.

Take the following steps to help bring your beloved cat, dog or other pet home to safety.

  • Act fast! Don’t waste days hoping your pet will come home. The sooner you begin your search, the better the odds of finding him.
  • Search your neighborhood or the area where your pet was lost. Call your pet’s name and check any places he could have become trapped, such as in garages or under vehicles. A lost pet often will hide during the day, so be sure to go out again at night with a flashlight and call for him. Sometimes a can of food can lure a hungry and scared pet to you.
  • Place ads in local newspapers and on free internet classified sites such as www.kijji.com.
  • You may want to offer a reward.
  • Visit your local shelter(s) in person every day to search for your pet. Many animals are difficult to describe over the phone, and only you really know what your pet looks like.
  • Extend your search to shelters in surrounding municipalities in case your pet travelled some distance or was taken to a centre outside of your immediate area.
  • Make “lost pet” posters or fliers using your pet’s photo. Put them up in your neighborhood and in post offices, libraries, pet supply stores, veterinary clinics and grocery stores.
  • Inform your veterinarian and groomer that your pet is lost in case they receive a call.
  • Watch the “found” ads in the newspaper and on the internet. Respond to any that are even close to your pet’s description. What one person describes as a “tan shepherd mix” may look like a “yellow lab mix” to someone else.

Without proper identification, you might never find your pet if he becomes lost. Please, for your pet’s sake, show you care by properly identifying it. Tag and microchip.