Here are some tips that we hope will help you find your pet.
First, search your property thoroughly. Look behind, under and inside washing machines, clothes dryers, stoves, refrigerators, and dish washers. Look behind water heaters, in boxes, under furniture, under beds, in closets, in cabinets, in shelves and bookcases, in drain pipes, in sewer drains, in culvert pipes, under vehicles, in crawl spaces under the house, inside sheds and barns, etc. In the case of cats, also look in attic crawl spaces, on the roof, in roof gutters and up in the trees.
Search the neighborhood. Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Ask neighbors, letter carriers 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.
Advertise. Post notices at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, at pet supply stores, dog parks and other locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. Use your most current photo of your dog, and use very large lettering that will catch the eye of drivers with the words “MISSING.” Include your pet’s sex, age, weight, breed, color and any special markings. When describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it. Include your immediate contact information, including numbers to call if you can not be reached.
Contact local animal shelters and animal control agencies. File a lost pet report with every shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible. Don’t just call; often your description is different altogether than how someone else would describe your pet.
Look here to find your local Oklahoma City metro shelter, search online or check your phone book. If there is no shelter in your community, contact the local police department. Provide these agencies with an accurate description and a recent photograph of your pet. Notify the police if you believe your pet was stolen.
Also try calling area rescues to see if they may have your pet. Your lost pet may now be up for adoption. People should look on www.petfinder.com, input the breed and zip and it will bring up pictures of dogs up for adoption in various shelters and rescue groups in the area.
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.
Don’t give up your search. Animals that have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.
A pet—even an indoor pet—has a better chance of being returned if she always wears a collar and an ID tag with your name, address, and telephone number. Tags and microchips (permanent form of identification) are available at OK Humane Place Spay + Neuter Clinic, call 405-947-7729 for more information.