What You Should Do If Your Dog Is Lost
If your dog comes up missing, it's extremely traumatic. After all, your pup is a member of the family and you love them as much as anyone else.
Thinking about your sweet baby running around the neighborhood, scared by all the unfamiliar noises, smells, and sights is enough to cause severe anxiety. The thought of someone else running off with your beloved pooch is just too much to bear.
- Around 33% of all American pets get lost at some point.
- What's more, it's estimated that a whopping 10 million pets are lost or stolen every year.
Those statistics don't help pet owners feel reassured. If your dog is lost, rely on DoNotPay to report their disappearance and bring them home quickly.
Do Lost Dogs Usually Get Found?
The odds of finding a lost dog are around 93% within the first 24 hours. However, the chances that you'll find your lost pooch drop to about 60% after that. And the longer the dog is missing, the less likely it is that you'll ever find him.
What to Do if You Lose Your Dog
You do your best to keep your dog close to you and supervise them. But dogs are a lot like kids. The moment your back is turned, they can take off. Perhaps an interesting smell lures your dog away, or there's a potential mate down the road, people to play with, or places to explore.
If your dog gets lost take these steps first:
- Search the area the dog was last seen.
- Check your home and yard.
- Ask neighbors and any passersby if they've seen the dog.
- Post pictures of your lost dog on social media asking for help.
If you still can't find your dog, it's time to take additional action by notifying the local authorities that your dog is missing. Remember, the longer your dog is missing, the harder it will be to find them. So you should take action to make a report sooner rather than later.
Report Your Lost Dog to Local Animal Control
One way that you can attempt to locate a lost dog is by reporting them missing to the local animal control office. Animal control officers often cruise the streets, picking up strays and lost pets. These animals are held awaiting an owner. When you report your lost dog to the animal control include:
- Your name and contact information.
- A detailed description of your dog.
- Recent photos of your pooch.
- Information about the dog's collar and license.
- Any other information that may help find your pet.
Report Your Lost Pet to a Local Animal Shelter
Another place that may be able to help you find your lost dog is the local animal shelter. When animal control officers or concerned citizens pick up stray animals, this is often where they end up. As with reporting to animal control, you'll need to provide identifying information about the dog and yourself.
How to Avoid Losing Your Dog
A lost dog is an absolute nightmare for a devoted pet parent. To avoid this stressful situation, you need to take action to protect your pooch.
- Always keep your dog on a leash when outdoors.
- Lock the gate and secure your yard and garden.
- Close doors and secure other entrances.
Even if you do everything you can to keep your dog home where he belongs, sometimes dogs get lost. A good way to ensure your dog will be returned is to have him microchipped. This simple procedure allows a vet or animal control officer to scan the dog and to find out who and where his owners are.
How to Find Your Lost Dog on Your Own
If you're like most pet parents, you will be upset if your dog takes off without you. The first thing to remember is that you can't do much if you're in a state of panic. Calm down, take a deep breath and try to relax.
If you've already followed the steps above and your dog is still missing, don't get too worked up. You still have options.
|Begin a Search of the Area Immediately||It seems obvious, but take a good look around your yard, house, or wherever you last saw your pooch. He may be napping in a shady spot or cuddling on the couch under a blanket. If the dog was last seen outdoors, check the immediate area for signs that he's still around.|
|Post-Information About Your Lost Dog to Local Social Media Groups||Word travels quickly on social media so posting your lost dog as quickly as possible will help you find them faster. There's nothing the internet loves more than to help someone reunite with their sweet dog after a harrowing time apart.|
|Report Your Lost Dog to a Local Animal Shelter||Both animal control officers and the public bring dogs they've found to the local animal shelter. If you provide them with a good description of your dog, his collar, and your data, the Animal Shelter will call you if a dog matching that description comes in.|
Next Steps if You Can’t Find Your Dog on Your Own
If you've scoured the neighborhood and talked to everyone you can, but still haven't found your lost dog, don't despair. DoNotPay can help you report your lost pet so the authorities can join in your search efforts.
You can use DoNotPay to report lost and found pets. Follow these steps:
- Search "lost and found pets" on DoNotPay, and select whether you're reporting a lost pet or a pet you've found.
- 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.
- 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 Find a Lost Dog
Your dog isn't just a pet, she's a family member! And you can't imagine life without those floppy ears and that wet nose. If your pooch comes up missing, don't worry - DoNotPay is here to help.
DoNotPay Can Help You Report a Lost Dog Anywhere With the Click of a Button
Dogs can get scared, confused, or excited when confronted with anything new. If your dog runs off when you're out of town, DoNotPay can help you report them as missing.
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