What To Do If Your Pet Is Lost

Lost and Found Pets What To Do If Your Pet Is Lost

What To Do If Your Pet Is Lost

Did you know that one out of three pets becomes lost at some point during their lifetime, and about ten million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every single year?  To make matters worse, according to the Coalition for Reuniting Pets and families, less than 23% of lost pets are reunited with their owners.

Here's what to do if your pet is lost. First, you have to contact the local authorities and file the necessary reports.  It would be best to make sure that you have as much information about your pet as possible, which can be time-consuming.

Instead, it would be best if you let DoNotPay file the official report for you.

DoNotPay can also help you with the following:

What to Do if You Lose Your Pet

The first thing you should do if your pet goes missing is to search your neighborhood.  Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times a day.  Be sure to talk to neighbors, your mailperson, and delivery drivers and ask them if they've seen your pet.

You'll also need to contact your local animal shelters and animal control agencies to see if your pet turns up there. You'll also need to file a report with each one in your area so they can be on the lookout for your pet.  If there's no local shelter in your area, contact the police department.

Be sure to provide these agencies with a picture of your pet along with an accurate description.

Begin a Search of the Area ImmediatelyIt 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 Pet to Local Social Media GroupsWord travels quickly on social media so posting your lost pet 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 Pet to a Local Animal ShelterBoth 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 Raleigh Animal Shelter will call you if a dog matching that description comes in.

How to Avoid Losing Your Pet

Here are some simple tips to prevent your pet from going missing.

  • Secure your pet in a fenced area or on a leash
  • Don't leave your pet unsupervised
  • Have your pet microchipped
  • Get a DNA snapshot
  • Have photos and vital information handy
  • Have your pet spayed and neutered

How to Find Your Lost Pet on Your Own

If your pet goes missing, you must file an official report immediately to increase the chance that you will be reunited with your loved one.    

Here are three steps you must take:

  1. File a report. You should report your missing pet 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 pet.  Be sure to include your contact details, when and where you last saw your pet, including a picture of your pet too.
  3. Other things you can do. You should also post flyers in your neighborhood and post information about your missing pet online and on social media to raise awareness.

Next Steps to Find Your Lost Pet if You Can’t Do It Yourself

If your pet is missing, you must immediately file a report with your local government. Because the sooner you file your report, the better chance your pet 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 are 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 Your Lost Pet

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

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

More DoNotPay Products for Your Pets

DoNotPay offers a variety of pet-related products, including the following:

  • How To Report Animal Abuse
  • Pet Custody Agreements
  • Pet Licenses

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

Helping you find your lost pet is one of many things that DoNotPay helps you with. 

We can also help you with the following:

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