Our cat has a best friend in the neighborhood, a feisty and loveable tuxedo cat named Jack. Jack is like Jet’s older brother; he taught Jet how to climb trees and hunt lizards. They are both indoor/outdoor cats and, like kids, find each other every morning so they can hang out together.
I'm friends with Jack's mom, Ivey. She's a great gal and a very responsible cat owner.
One evening, Ivey was roaming the hood, calling for Jack. Within minutes, several of us were looking for the little guy. It started to rain and hours passed. No Jack. It got late and the rain was pounding. Defeated, we called it a night. I wondered how Ivey was going to get any sleep.
She didn’t. She kicked into high gear. Up all night, she organized a full-scale blitz to find her precious cat.
If the unimaginable happens to you, get busy:
- Launch a multi-level social media campaign. Post missing pet alerts and updates on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, online pet support groups and anywhere else you can think of.
Tip: Add the hashtag #lostpet and #lostdog or #lostcat plus your location on your Twitter posts. Local animal lovers will get involved by retweeting, posting and cross-posting alerts for your lost pet.
- Upload a photograph and description of your lost animal on Craigslist and run ads in local newspapers.
Tip: Always have a current photograph of your pet available, and know your animal’s weight and height.
- Post physical 'lost cat/dog' signs everywhere possible. Ivey posted giant florescent signs on street corners with Jack’s photo. Additionally, she posted flyers with Jack’s image at local businesses, coffee houses, grocery stores and anywhere else she could.
- Visit all the local animal shelters and submit a lost pet report. Attach current photographs and a description of your pet. Speak to the shelter staff personally and explain all that you can about your animal and the location he/she was last seen. While at the shelter, tour the facility to see if your missing pet has been picked up.
Tip: A Charleston Animal Society spokesperson recommends checking all local animal shelters every three days.
- Ensure your pet has tags on at all times, and that the information is current. Additionally, have your pet microchipped, tattooed, or somehow marked for identification. If a lost animal ends up in a shelter or at a veterinarian clinic, he/she will be scanned for a microchip and reunited with his owner.
Get creative. Spread the word of your lost pet to the greatest number of people possible.
Even the most conscientious pet owner may experience losing a pet. Ivey did all the right things and found her heart in a fur coat.
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