Losing your pet can be a very heartbreaking and overwhelming experience. We have compiled the best tips for finding your lost pet.
Contact Your County Animal Services/Control Facility Immediately
- Visit the facility in person every day.
- Do not rely solely on information given over the phone or viewed online.
- Let the front desk staff know you are there to look for your lost pet.
- Also check counties bordering the one that you live in. You would be amazed at how far lost pets can travel!
- Look for photos on our website. We give each animal a name during intake, so your pet will will have a different name once listed on the website.
- Call the shelter and come in immediately if you see your pet.
If your pet is microchipped, tagged or licensed, make sure the microchip company, veterinarian or county has your correct contact information.
Use Your Network
- Use social media sites, such as Facebook and NextDoor, to post information and pictures on your own pages and ask friends to share.
- Send emails to neighbors with pictures and information about your pet.
- Hang letter size flyers with your pet’s picture at veterinary offices and pet supply stores.
- Hang 1/2 poster board brightly colored signs at major intersections within a 3–5 mile radius of where the dog was lost or 1 mile radius of where the cat was lost.
- Include a clear photograph of your pet on the flyer.
- Use extremely large lettering with concise information, such as, “LOST SMALL WHITE MALE DOG, Call 404-xxx-xxxx.”
- Duct tape can be wrapped around poles to affix the signs.
- Include the location and date the pet went missing on the flyer and consider offering an award.
Run A Lost Pet Ad In Your Local Newspaper
- Most newspapers will let you place an ad for free or try Craig’s list.
Try To Trap Your Lost Cat
- Read these detailed instructions on how to trap cats
- You can borrow a trap from LifeLine Animal Project’s clinics for two weeks, free of charge, with a refundable deposit.
- You may also borrow a trap from Planned Pethood in Gwinnett County.
- If all traps are loaned out, consider purchasing a 30LTD - Light Duty Animal Trap at your local home improvement store and donating it to our organization afterwards. This donation is fully tax deductible.
Contact Large Rescue Shelters In Your Area.
While these organization do not take in stray animals found by individuals, it is always a good idea to visit just in case your pet may be there.
Other Helpful Links
Once you find your pet, don’t forget these important steps:
Get An Identification Tag For Your Pet
- Inexpensive tags can be purchased from local pet stores or online from PetIDtags.org
- Include your phone number and address.
- Get a new tag each time you move or change phone numbers.
Microchip Your Pet
- Because most shelters scan for a microchip at intake, having your pet microchipped is a quick and easy way to ensure that if your animal gets loose again, you will be contacted if it comes into a shelter.
- A microchip is a small implant the size of a grain of rice and is inserted between the animal’s shoulder blades.
- Microchipping is a painless procedure that can be performed at most veterinarians and low-cost clinics. You can get your pet microchipped at LifeLine's low-cost monthly vaccine clinics.
Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered
- Unaltered pets have hormonal instincts to seek out a mate when in heat. In order to prevent this, have your pet spayed or neutered. LifeLine's Spay & Neuter Clinics provide low-cost spay and neuter services.
Keep your pet indoors or safely confined to a fenced area.
If you know someone who is searching for a lost pet, feel free to share our Lost Pets Flyer with them to aid in their search!