What To Do When Your Dog Ran Away

Lost and Found Pets What To Do When Your Dog Ran Away

How to Track Your Dog Down After It Ran Away

Losing a dog is something dog lovers everywhere dread. According to statistics, 1 out of 3 pets gets lost at one point. At the same time, over 10 million cats and dogs are stolen from their owners in the US each year.

So what do you do when your dog runs away?

Well, for starters, you want to start your search as soon as possible. The first 24 hours are crucial, so you must act fast, using only the right channels. Unfortunately, most efforts people make take considerable time and might reduce the chances of finding the pet. In this article, we look at a few basic steps you can follow when your dog runs away. And how you can find it the easy way using DoNotPay.

Where Would a Dog Go if It Ran Away?

Usually, dogs run away because they are either bored or lonely, responding to sudden events that spark their curiosity or looking to satisfy their sexual urges (if intact). How far they run mainly depends on the size of the dog. Smaller ones up to half a mile while larger ones, up to 5 miles.

Cats can run away for many of the same reasons.

However, dogs don't usually run in a straight line for extended periods and are therefore likely to be found within a 2-mile perimeter of their home. Still, there are a few potential places that your dog might end up.

  •         At a neighbor or friend's yard
  •         At public parks
  •         At local veterinarians, in shelters, or kennels
  •         Hiding in bushes and under cars (if they are shy)

What to Do When Your Dog Runs Away

Most people panic when they realize their dog is not around. It is important that you stay calm. After which, there are a few moves you can make that will increase your odds of finding your pet. They include:

Start by Checking at HomeBefore anything, you want to make sure that your dog is not hiding somewhere inside your house.

So check any place your dog likes to hideout. This includes under beds, behind closets, under cars, gardens, basements, and at the pool.

Contact Your Microchip Company and Verify Your Dog's Contact InformationThis only applies if your dog has a microchip. If so, go ahead and call the respective microchip company and ensure that any information that can be used to trace back to you is updated.

This way, if anyone scans the microchip ID, they'll instantly find you and call you up. Your microchip company may also help alert local animal shelters and have them be on the lookout.

It is important to note that microchips don't show the real-time location of your pet. They don't guarantee that you'll locate your dog. They only show contact information and details about your dog when scanned.

Develop a Search RadiusThe search radius will narrow down your search to places your pet is most likely to have gone to.
Print Out Missing Dog Posters and Search the Radius AreaMake sure that the posters have clear and recent photos of your dog.

And then, with the help of friends, go out searching.

Call out your dog's name as you go by, as they might be hiding in a bush nearby. Also, ensure that one person remains home in case the dog comes back.

Report the Matter to Local Shelters and Social MediaCall any animal shelters, dog wardens, or animal control organizations in the area and report the missing dog in case anyone turns them into the facility.

Social media platforms like Facebook are also a good way of seeking your dog. Some Facebook groups are dedicated to helping find missing pets

You can determine it by asking yourself a few questions

  1. Where did you last see your dog?
  2. Was there anything passing by that may have frightened them or incited them to chase after?
  3. Where does your dog like to go during walks?
  4. Is there anywhere your dog might have gotten stuck?
  5. Is your dog adventurous or laid back?

Make sure to post a picture of your dog, your contact information, and details, including:

  •         Pictures of the pet
  •         Date lost
  •         Gender
  •         Microchip ID
  •         Physical description and breed
  •         Your dog's name and temperament, and dislikes
  •         Your contact information like phone and email number

As you've seen, tracing a lost dog can be a tedious and tasking process. Your best bet would be to seek assistance from DoNotPay and let us use our resources to locate your dog.

Our systems are fast, easy to use, and have proven successful in helping reunite pet owners with their beloved animals.

Use DoNotPay to Trace Your Pet the Easy Way

With DoNot Pay, you don't have to navigate through the streets and social media on your own anymore. We'll expand the search radius and work as efficiently as possible to make sure your 'good boy' or 'good girl' gets home.

You can use our app by following just three simple 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.

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Try DoNotPay Today

Most pet owners have no clue what to do when their pet goes missing. Not to mention, most traditional efforts that people do use are futile and outdated.

At DoNotPay, you get access to only the latest and most effective techniques that have been proven to yield the best results. Let us help you find your furry companion today.

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