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How to Help a Lost Pet

Fairy Dogparents Newsletter
February 2005

Making Pet Wishes Come True!
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How to Help a Lost Pet

(& How to Help Your Pet Get Home if She Gets Lost)


Found:  Secure the animal & check the collar for ID tags.  The easiest scenario is if the dog has ID tags with the owner’s phone number and you can just call to notify the owner where to come pick up their pet.  If there are no ID tags, but there is a rabies tag, try calling the vet who issued the rabies shot to see if they can identify and contact the owners for you.  If there is a city licensing tag, call the city.  If you do not find tags, call the nearest vet or shelter to see if they can scan for a microchip for you.

Owners:  ID your pet.  Your pets—even indoor pets — should always wear a collar and an ID tag with your name, address, and telephone number. Many vets offer a process of microchip identification as well.  Licensing your pet with your city is another tag and can be another way to help identify them if lost.


Found:  Contact the police, local animal shelters, and animal control agencies.   Fairy Dogparents has seen a stray come to a fast & happy reunion with owner with just one quick call to the non-emergency police number. 

Lost:  Contact the police (non-emergency) to see if anyone has reported finding your dog.  Let them know your pet is missing and leave your telephone number in case someone calls them.  Then file a lost pet report with animal control and every shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home.  Visit the local shelters daily, if possible. To get a list of local shelters go to or check your phone book. Provide these agencies with an accurate description and a recent photograph of your pet. Notify the police if you believe your pet was stolen.


Found:  Check the neighborhood, vet offices and surrounding areas for ‘lost pet’ flyers.  Fairy Dogparents once found a stray cat hanging out only 6 feet from his ‘missing’ sign with photo!

 Lost:  Search the neighborhood. Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Ask neighbors, letter carriers, pet sitters and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found.  Be sure to give the info to people you encounter out walking their dogs, as they are more likely to spot and notice your dog or cat. 

Lost:  Advertise. Post notices & flyers at grocery stores, parks and playgrounds, community centers, veterinary offices, dog parks, traffic intersections, online at, online at , and anywhere you can.  Flyer heavily in the more trafficked areas of your neighborhood (and surrounding neighborhoods), so that people walking the dog, waiting in traffic, and window shopping will notice.  Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. Include your pet's sex, age, weight, breed, color, any special markings, and any pertinent medical information. When describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.


Found:  When calling the owner in an advertisement be as specific about the pet as you can.  Is the cat declawed or not?  Does the pet have identifying markings?  If a reward is offered, put the pet's well being first and worry about rewards later.

Lost:  Be wary of pet-recovery scams. When talking to a stranger who claims to have found your pet, ask him to describe the pet thoroughly before you offer any information. If he does not include the identifying characteristic you left out of the advertisements, he may not really have your pet. Be particularly wary of people who insist that you give or wire them money for the return of your pet.


Found:  Consider keeping the pet with you until you find the owners rather than turning the pet over to animal control.   Most pounds have time limits for animals to be claimed and then the animals are either euthanized or retrieved by shelters and rescue organizations for adoption.  If the pet fits into your household on a temporary basis, you increase their chances of finding home by keeping them.

Lost:  Don't give up your search! Animals who have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.


Found:  If you cannot secure the animal, or are fearful of him, call animal control to report the loose animal and his whereabouts.   Give the best description & location information you can and check back to see what the follow through was if possible.  Tell the dog in a firm tone and deep voice to “Go Home.”

Owners:  Teach your pet what “Go Home” means.  Practice it when out on walks and coming back home.  It occurs to Fairy Dogparents that many people, particularly those who are afraid to approach a strange dog, would tell the dog to “go home”, but probably few owners actually practice this command with their pet. 



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The Puppy Press Archives
Click a link below to read other online additions of The Puppy Press:

A Reminder on Heat Stroke - August 2004

How to be a Responsible Pet Owner - September 2004

Does Your Pet Have Separation Anxiety? - October 2004

Happy Holidays with your Pets - November 2004

Canine Rivalry & Dog Aggression in the Home - December 2004

A List of Shelters & Rescue Groups in Minnesota


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February's Featured Shelter of the Month:
THE CARVER-SCOTT HUMANE SOCIETY is a non-profit located in Chaska, Minnesota and currently places approximately 350 animals in adoptive homes each year.
Quoted from their website:
"Carver-Scott Humane Society (CSHS) considers itself a "low-kill" organization. CSHS does not euthanize based on the supply and demand of pet overpopulation. Rather, CSHS works with participating vets and only euthanizes animals deemed unadoptable due to severe health issues or unremediable behavior problems, such as aggression and biting. CSHS provides medical help to all injured or sick animals who are expected to fully recover and be adoptable.

Due to the fact that our Dog and Cat Coordinators keep the capacity of foster homes to a manageable level and euthanasia rates are low, CSHS is not able to have an open door policy. Therefore, strays, homeless and hardship cases receive priority before personal surrenders."

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