I Lost My Dog - Now What?

Lost and Found Pets I Lost My Dog - Now What?

I’ve Lost My Dog - What Do I Do?

When your dog wanders away from your home, it can be a traumatic experience for both of you.  The thought of never seeing your companion again can be sad and frightening.

If you lost your dog, make sure you cover the following:

Search the neighborhoodDrive or walk through your neighborhood several times a day to search for your pet. Ask delivery people, neighbors, and letter carriers if they have seen your dog.
Contact animal control agencies and animal sheltersVisit all animal shelters within a 15-mile radius of your home daily and file a report with each one.

If there is no animal shelter near you, contact animal control or the police department and provide them with a photograph and description of your dog. If you think your dog had been stolen, notify the police.

If you have microchipped your dog, notify the microchip company so they can flag your pet as lost in their system.

Get help from the community
  • In person. Post flyers in places around your home that have high foot traffic such as pet supply stores, grocery stores, traffic intersections, etc. Provide your phone number, a recent and clear photo of your dog, and details about your pet such as special markings, sex, color, but leave out one identifying detail. Listen for this detail when you get calls about your missing pet when people describe them to you. Those that offer a reward often get extra attention. Make sure you post the flyers at eye level.
  • Online. Use social media to post details about your lost dog. You can also use the Petco Love Lost database to upload a photo of your dog and start a search of your dog in their database.

Losing your pet can be very stressful and can lead to depression. Let DoNotPay file an official report for you. Then, they will make the process faster and easier for you.

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Here's What You Do If You Lose Your Dog

Check your house first if you can't find your dog.  Your dog could be hiding in one of the following places:

  • Closets
  • The garage or shed
  • The pool
  • Cars
  • Basements or attic
  • Garden

If your dog is not around your home, you should walk around your neighborhood to look for him.  You should call your pet's name to see if he'll run to you.

If your dog has a microchip, call the microchip company to ensure your contact information is up to date.  That way, if your dog is brought to a shelter or a vet, the microchip can be scanned, and your dog will be returned to you.

You may also want to consider searching for your dog at night.  Because it's quieter and your dog might be able to hear your calls better.  Lost dogs are also likely to move around during the late evening or early morning hours.   

Why Would Your Dog Run Away?

Your dog might run away if they're bored.  Your dog may also run away if you leave it alone for a long time because it may get lonely.  They may also have lots of energy to use because they don't have any toys or other dogs to play with, or they just might have fun somewhere else.

Do Lost Dogs Usually Get Found?

The ASPCA has found that the odds of finding a dog are about 93% within the first 24 hours. However, these chances drop to about 60% after that.  This is based on nationwide research, including tens of thousands of lost dogs, over multiple years.  Only 6% of dog owners find their lost pets at shelters.

How To Find Your Lost Dog on Your Own

If your dog goes missing, you must file an official report immediately to increase your pet's chances of reuniting with you. 

Here are three steps you must take:

  1. File a report. You should report your missing dog to your local government office.  Your local government maintains a directory of missing pets, and they're in touch with neighboring animal shelters. Hence, they can match lost pet reports with pets found and delivered to local agencies.
  2. Include all pertinent information. Provide as much information as possible about your dog.  Be sure to include your contact details, when and where you last saw your dog, including a picture of your dog too.
  3. Other things you can do. You should also post flyers in your neighborhood and post information about your missing dog online and on social media to raise awareness.

Next Steps to Find a Lost Dog If You Can't Do It Yourself

If your dog is missing, you must immediately file a report with your local government.  Because the sooner you file your report, the better chance your dog will be returned to you.  Losing a pet can be very stressful; that's why you should let DoNotPay file an official report for you. 

Here's how you can use DoNotPay to report lost and found pets:

  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.


And that's it! DoNotPay will file the report on your behalf, and make sure your lost or found pet gets recorded in the government directory, and they know who to contact if they find a match!

Why Use DoNotPay to Help Find Lost Dog

Here's why you should let DoNotPay file a report if your dog goes missing.

  • It's Fast. You don't have to spend hours gathering all the pertinent information for filing a report on your lost dog.
  • It's Easy. You don't have to fill out tedious forms or keep track of all the steps involved in filing your report for your dog.
  • It's Convenient. All you have to do is sit in front of your laptop, follow the three steps above, and let DoNotPay do the rest.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

Helping you find your lost dog is one of many things that DoNotPay helps you with. We can also help you with the following:

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