04 Jan 8 Tips for Finding Your Lost Dog: May You Never Need Them
At Where’s Hara we understand the anxiety that comes along with a missing or lost pet. Shortly after adopting Hara, he ran away during a walk. I was terrified that something bad had happened when we heard him whimpering from far away, but couldn’t locate him. After about 40 minutes of searching and calling for him, we finally found him. He had fallen down a ditch and was too afraid to move. After taking him home, Where’s Hara was born. Our mission is to reconnect lost pets with their owners. Not pet owner ever wants to think of themselves in that situation, but life is full of surprises, so we must be prepared.
Here are 8 tips to keep in mind if you ever find yourself searching for your fur baby.
May You Never Need Them.
Dogs can catch the explorer bug at any time and decide to take off. Your window of opportunity is small, so act fast. About 90% of lost pets are recovered when their owners search intensively within a 2-mile radius for around 12 hours after the event. If your pet has an embedded microchip, it won’t help you track your pet, but it will help anyone who finds him to use the information contained in it to identify him and reunite him with you.
YOU NEED TO THINK LIKE A DOG
If your dog has injured himself, he could be too frightened to even respond when he hears you calling. You need to think of the places that your dog always took an interest in. It’ll help if you have a proper photograph of your pet. You’ll need to carry a flashlight and actually look into every nook and corner around your neighborhood. Most dogs running away don’t feel the need to go very far. They usually simply run away to explore areas in the neighborhood that they’ve noticed on their walks.
LOOK FARTHER AFIELD
While many dogs getting away do remain in their neighborhoods,
some are known to travel many miles. Sometimes, they may be transported to a shelter or veterinary hospital elsewhere by a rescuer. Asking at all shelters, humane societies and animal hospitals within a 10-mile radius is a good idea. It’s best to go in person — it can be very hard to describe an animal over the phone.
REGISTER A MISSING PET COMPLAINT WITH THE POLICE
Having a registered complaint will help you prove that your pet is indeed
yours when you find it later.
PLASTER THE AREA WITH POSTERS
Be Proactive. Instead of letting your nerves get the best of you, send out
some positive vibes into the world and while you’re at it plaster the area
with well done posters. A quality photo of your pet, a phone number and
information about a reward should go out on trees and lampposts within a 10 mile radius. Be careful about scammers trying to take advantage of your loss.
TRY THE CLASSIFIEDS
Both print newspapers and online classifieds run ads for pets, both lost and found. Don’t forget to leave one identifying mark out of your ads.
LOOK AT ONLINE DATABASES
Getting in touch with other pet owners on lost pet forums
can help you find new resources and ideas.
Where’s Hara is an online platform focused on connecting the pet community. 1 in 3 pets will get lost during their lifetime.
10 million pets get lost every year. Without ID, 90% of lost pets never return home.
Where’s Hara reunites pets with their owners.
Have you lost or found a pet? Report it and we’ll alert our network!
IT’S IMPORTANT TO NEVER LOSE HOPE
While it can be extremely difficult to keep your hopes up for a long time,
this is exactly what you need to do.
Looking up encouraging stories of how
people have found their pets after months or even years of losing them can
help you keep your hopes up.
Things certainly can work out well when you
refuse to lose hope.
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