How to Find Your Lost Dog in Dallas

Find My Lost Pet How to Find Your Lost Dog in Dallas

How To Find Your Lost Dog In Dallas

Dallas is home to hundreds of thousands of cats and dogs, and the Dallas Humane Society takes in dozens of lost dogs every day. Dallas is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, spanning 385.8 miles. If your pooch has suddenly gone missing, time is of the essence in finding them.

Although Dallas is a huge metropolis, there are tools for you to find your missing dog.

What to Do If You Lose Your Dog

With technology, it has become easier to find our beloved animals. You should try to have all recent documentation such as medical procedures and health issues, as well as a description and any identifying or unique marks or scars. If your dog is an aggressive one, let the authorities know to minimize the risk of injury. You should have as much of this information as possible, to share with the shelters:

Share information with the sheltersThis includes the following:

  1. Dog name
  2. Dog breed
  3. Color
  4. Age
  5. Last known location
  6. Whether the dog is microchipped
  7. A recent photo
Use Social MediaSharing photos of your dog on your social media channels is a fast and easy way to get the word out publicly that your dog is missing. Upload a recent photo and describe the location where they were last seen. Be proactive in asking your friends, family, and followers to please share the post, to get more views.
Reach Out To SheltersThere are multiple animal shelters in the Dallas area. Reach out to the ones closest to your area or the area where your dog became lost. A Google Search of Dallas Animal Shelters will yield each one.

How To Avoid Your Dog Getting Lost

As dog owners, we all strive to do our best to keep them healthy and safe, but even the most cautious pet owners make mistakes and dogs can be tricky, too. Plus, keeping dogs inside all the time isn't feasible. They need to go outside for exercise and to "take care of business" as well.

  1. Get Them Microchipped - While a microchip won't tell you the location of your dog, it will help identify it, if it is found by someone else, or turned into animal control. It is also a requirement of the city of Dallas, which offers microchipping service for $10. You just have to make an appointment. If your dog is already microchipped, be sure to keep the contact information updated.
  2. Keep Them Indoors - A sure way to prevent your dog from getting lost is to keep them indoors and take them out only to exercise, play, or use the bathroom.
  3. Use a Leash - Always use a leash when walking your dog so they don't run away or get hurt.
  4. Keep Yards Secure - Check to make sure your dog can't jump over your fence or dig under it. Be sure your gates close securely with a good latch the dog can't undo.

Do Lost Dogs Usually Get Found?

If you're feeling edgy or afraid for your lost dog, here's some hope:

The ASPCA reports that 85 percent of lost dogs and cats were reunited with their owners. They do advise starting your search immediately. Start by looking through the neighborhood where your dog went missing. Enhance your search as you look through the area by creating posters with a photo, and posting them around the area.

How to Report Your Lost Pet to Dallas Animal Control/Animal Shelters

You can report your dog missing in Dallas by filing a lost pet report online. They will need the following information:

  • Your name, email address, and phone number
  • The closest intersection your dog was last seen
  • Zip code where the dog was lost
  • Dog's name
  • Date the dog became lost

Additional information they allow for but don't require, however, providing this information will better help authorities identify your dog should it end up in a shelter:

  • A written description of the dog
  • Microchip number
  • Tattoo from being spayed/neutered
  • Age
  • Size
  • Color
  • Coat texture
  • Ears
  • Nose
  • Tail
  • Collar fabric/type and color

You can also search through the dogs that have already been brought into shelters in the area.

What To Do If You Found A Lost Dog

It would not be unusual to find a lost dog in a city the size of Dallas. If you find a friendly dog, you can try to make it comfortable enough to stay in your yard while you wait for animal control to come to retrieve it. You can use the same Pet Finder site to report finding a pet and try to find the owners.

If the dog appears aggressive, do not approach. Rather, contact your nearest animal shelter to report the dog, and advise them it appears aggressive to avoid injury to the dog or the officials.

If You Can't Find Your Lost Dog In Dallas

It's tough enough to experience the loss of our furry friends. When you have to go through all of the steps of reporting, searching, and posting things, it's made even more frustrating.

DoNotPay can help you report your missing dog in any part of Dallas-Fort Worth in three easy steps:

  1. Search "lost and found pets" on DoNotPay, and select whether you're reporting a lost pet or a pet you've found.

     

  2. Enter the date and location you lost or found the pet and tell us more about them, including the breed, gender, whether they are wearing a collar, approximate size, and more.

     

  3. Upload evidence a photo of the pet, so they can be identified, and enter your current contact information where you can be reached with updates.

     

It’s that simple! DoNotPay helps pet owners find their lost fur babies almost anywhere in the country.  So whether you're in the backwoods or the middle of the city, DoNotPay makes it fast and easy to report your missing dog as quickly as possible.

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