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Finding your lost dog tips

| Frenchie Owners menu | May 1, 2008

Swedish police dogs in action during nationalist demonstrations on National Day, 2007.Image via Wikipedia

Sometimes even with the best care in the world a dog or puppy can become lost or even worse stolen from the home, this will of course be a traumatic experience for the whole family particularly if your dog as been part of your family for many years. Here are some useful tips should the worse happen and you and your pet become separated:
Contact your local animal shelter or animal control agency

The first step you should take when you realise your dog is missing is to contact your local animal control agency and shelter. Provide them with a recent photograph and as much detail as you can regarding your dogs size, colour, weight, and sex, any special or distinctive markings and name of your dog.

Once you have reported it locally then report it to other animal shelters within a 60 mile radius of your home, also if you have reason to believe your dog or puppy was stolen then report it to the police with a clear description and photograph.

Make a search of your neighbourhood

Make a through search of your neighbourhood immediately and get the help of neighbours and friends to assist you in your search, the more people who know your dog has gone missing then the chances of finding it are greatly increased.

Give people a good description of your dog and if possible a photo of it, don’t forget to include information on how you can be reached if they find your dog. Continue searching your neighbourhood every day and don’t give up.

Advertise

Post a lost dog flyer is as many stores as you can, very often local stores will let you post a flier in the window of the shop, include as much information on this as you possibly can and if possible print out a photo of your dog on the flier.

Other places you can post are on websites that specialise in returning lost pets with their owners and local radio stations. Don’t forget to give a clear description of your dog along with your name and phone numbers, it may also be worthwhile offering a reward for the safe return of your dog.

Be wary of pet recovery scams

Very often if you have posted a reward for your dog then some unscrupulous people may try to take advantage of you and claim they have found your dog in the hope of conning you out of the reward.

The honest person will call you and clearly identify your dog while offering to return him to you without mention at first of the reward, they will usually only mention this once your dog has been returned to you. Be very wary of anyone who asks first about the reward before giving you information of the whereabouts of your dog.

Never give up hope

Never give up hope of finding your dog even after several months have gone by, dogs have been known to be safely reunited with their owners even after several months.


2 Responses to “Finding your lost dog tips”

  1. My puppy keeps running out of the yard!Help before my lola gets flattened!

  2. With the French being a somewhat rare breed in some areas I bet it would help to explain on the flyer that the lost dog looks “Similar to a chihuahua, but more muscular”.

    If someone thinks they are looking for a “bulldog” they may automatically assume it will look something like an English bullie, and assume that the dog they found is a Chihuahua mix.

    Because of the common confusion owners of lost Frenchies should check the “found” section of the classifieds to see if their dog is hiding there under the wrong breed… for example someone suggesting they found a Chihuahua mix or a terrier mix.

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