HAVE YOU LOST A PET?
Here are some ideas of where to look for your lost cat or dog.
Make signs and post around the neighborhood. Be sure to put a good clear photo of it on there and your best contact number.
Call your local city impound, and neighboring cities impounds to see if they have it or have had any reports of it found. If you are not sure of where to call, try calling the non-emergency police to get the phone number or be redirected to the proper dept.
Post your signs in local pet stores. Most of them have a specific bulletin board for that.
Be sure to call your vet and all other local vets in case it should be brought in to one of them, and post signs there too.
For dogs and cats, go to Craigslist and post a notice in the Community section, under lost and found. You can also post it in the pet section.
If it is a lost animal, be sure to have good clear photos. If it is a found animal, give a good description of it and have the owner provide a good photo to prove it is theirs.
Petfinder has a lost and found pet section too. Click on the “Helping Pets” tab, then click on “Message Boards” and then click on “Lost and Found”.
If it is a lost cat, also go to Facebook and look up “Lost Cats MN” and you will find an excellent resource for posting lost or found cats.
Most people use social networks these days, but you can actually post an ad in your local newspaper too. Some of the “found” ads are free, but it may cost money to post in the “Lost”. (Isn’t Fluffy” worth it though!!)
Call local animal shelters and rescue organizations, to let them know you are looking for a lost animal, but most will refer you to the above.
Keep in mind, before “Fluffy” gets lost, MICROCHIP, all pets, dog or cat. Be sure your dog has a collar with a rabies tag, City license tag, if required, ID tag with his/her name on it and the BEST phone number to reach you on it, and your home address, plus the microchip tag. You can also get your dog tattooed with an ID number. This may save you money from it going to impound if someone finds it first. Keep your cat indoors, and spayed/neutered, but sometimes they can be sneaky, and if you have a sneaky cat, get a cat appropriate collar for him and have a name and phone number on the tag and his microchip tag.
Last Hope gets up to 30 calls every day, many of which are for strays found. We generally don’t take strays, because of owners looking for them, have the right to try to find them within a reasonable amount of time. Spayed/Neutered animals tend to stray less and wander a shorter distance. A frightened animal looks for a place to hide that is sheltered, like an open garage or shed. A friendly animal won’t hesitate to climb into someone’s car or on their lap! So be sure to follow the steps above and hopefully “Fluffy” will be back home in no time!