Call your neighbors
and friends and
ask them to help you.
who know your pet
on the 2 mile radius search. Have them search by car and on foot. Have each of
bring treats, leashes & collars.
Dig up a great
of your pet and make a colorful, informational REWARD flyer.
Here is an example:
Get the flyer
Hand deliver it to
vet's offices, post offices,
every kid you know or run into,
animal shelters and police stations.
Post it to street lights,
telephone poles, and in parks
on benches and in playgrounds.
Ask school principals
post it on school bulletin boards, and local store owners to
post it in their windows.
When posting the flyers,
outdoors, use strong tape and/or staples, and be sure to post
some at pedestrian eye level
and some at drive by height (about 4 feet off the ground).
If your pet is pure
the breed clubs and rescue groups in your area
and make sure they have the same
your dog was adopted from GRRI,
What to Do Next
Visit area shelters
every other day
and walk through the facility personally.
Also be sure to check areas
where injured or quarantined strays are kept. And sadly,
also check their dead animals list ...
Check FOUND PET
in your local daily and weekly newspapers, and at Petfinder.
Run a LOST PET
your local daily and weekly newspaper and at Petfinder.
up on all leads that sound like your pet -- even
if they report differences in gender, breed, description, or location found. Surprisingly,
people DO mistake gender ... and your pet may also look different when he is found --
he may be thinner, dirty, his coat may be matted or have been cut, he may have been injured
and lost a section of ear, tail, etc.
Increasing the Effectiveness of Flyers
and bright colors are key. Use the
BEST photo of your pet that you have, and make it BIG. Use color to emphasize the reward.
the pet. Include the pet's name and a message
that evokes your feelings of loss.
brief. Focus on capturing attention, and giving
out only the most essential details.
Increasing the Effectiveness
are attention getters AND motivators.
Use them accordingly.
the maximum reward you
are willing to pay up-front and stick to it.
If you pet is pure bred, intact,
or if you suspect he or she was stolen,
a large reward may be necessary.
the reward is $150 or more,
post the exact amount.
the reward is under $150,
it is more effective to be ambiguous and simply say REWARD.
Increasing the Effectiveness
papers typically work best, as they tend
to have the largest readership and are more timely than weeklies.
Run the ad EVERY DAY,
for as long as your budget permits.
the ad EVERY DAY, to be sure there are no omissions
the location where your pet was lost fairly general.
For example, don't say Ridgedale Avenue in Morris Township ... say Morris Township ... or Morris
Township/Morris Plains. Remember: you are intending to reach a broad geography and population
of potential pet finders through this method.
The Importance of
your pet was tattooed and/or microchipped , contact
the registry(ies) and make sure they have your current contact information and know that your
pet has been lost. Also, retrieve the tattoo and/or microchip numbers ... you can use
them to check against tattoos or chips a found animal might have.
your pet was wearing a rabies tag, contact the
issuing vet and make sure they have your flyer and current contact information. Also
retrieve the number ... you can use it to check against any rabies tags a found animal might
If a Stranger
Says they Have Your Pet
the person to give you a detailed description of the animal.
Use opened ended questions. For example, don't ask *Does he have floppy ears?*, instead
ask *What kind of ears does he have?*
common sense and ALWAYS consider your own safety.
Do NOT go alone, never have the stranger come to your home, consider meeting in a public place,
and always have the pet in your physical custody before issuing the reward.