Make alot of posters and post them around your neighborhood. Keep it simple: "LOST DOG" or "CAT" should be at the top in large, easy to read bold letters. Include a brief description or breed type, and the animal's name. Offer a reward, (don't state how much in the ad), and include your telephone number in large numbers at the bottom of your poster.
Place a "Lost" ad in your local newspaper the very first day your pet is gone. These ads are often free.
Get out and call for your pet by name. The best time is at night and at dawn. If you are calling from your car, drive slowly, roll down all the windows, stop and turn your vehicle off frequently to listen.
Call all your neighbors personally. Your pet may be frightened and hiding. Ask people to check their barns and sheds, especially at night.
Call all veterinary clincs, including emergency animal hospitals outside your locate area. Sometimes people pick up a stray and drive it to a distant clinic. Call all animal shelters and animal control officers, local police and state troopers, all local kennels, the highway department, dog training clubs, grooming shops. Get the word out as best you can.
Vist all local animal shelters daily.
Don't give up! Be persistent in your search, get lots of help, and get the word out right away -- don't wait a few hours to see if your pet will come home.
The Humane Society maintains a lost and found register to help reunite pets with their owners. Anyone who loses their pet is encouraged to visit the shelter on a daily basis. Remember, only you know what your animals looks like.
We understand that there are times when you feel it is necessary to surrender a pet. We accept all animals and pets. Beginning October 1, 2010 owners will be required to leave a $20.00 fee to surrender their pets to the shelter.