Sunday, June 5, 2011

Creative Ways to Find a Lost Pet

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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This post is in participation with the Group Blogging Experience, and this week’s topic is lost and found. If you want to blog with us, go to the GBE2 Facebook page and request to join the group. Everyone is welcome.

34 comments:

Theresa Wiza said...

How did you even know to post #lostdog? It surprises me what people know. My latest GBE 2 blog: http://helpforsingleparents.blogspot.com/2011/06/lost-and-found-teachers-who-kill-their.html

Jo said...

That is an awesome story of lost and found with the added help! You rock girl. Very glad Jack came home.

Marian said...

This is a great blog!

Several years ago one of my cats went missing and everyone came out to help which was wonderful. She's a pure white cat and it was summer which was scary in itself because white cats can easily get skin cancer... It took two whole months but we did find her and when I took her to the vet he called her, "The Miracle Cat!"

Benny and Lily said...

what a story...
Benny & Lily

Brenda Stevens said...

isn't it amazing how they teach one another!! : )
awesome blog MUAH!

Cyndi said...

Awwww...I wish I had a pet to lose. (sniff)

Joyce Lansky said...

Fabulous post! I would hate to lose one of my dogs. They are my children.

Joyce
http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2011/06/lost-and-found-gbe2.html

Claudia Novac said...

What a story indeed! And do check my blog cnovac.blogspot.com for a well deserved award!

Jenn said...

This is awesome information. I'm glad you posted it. I'm bookmarking this just incase the unforeseen happens.

Cheers, Jenn
http://www.wine-n-chat.com

Word Nerd said...

Great info! Our pooch is tagged and micro-chipped, but even so, I hate the idea of losing track of him, even for a short while.

Jul said...

Smile, awesome loved the welcome back sign.

Poddys said...

Excellent information. It's really heartbreaking when a pet goes missing.

Kathy29156 said...

Great information. I would have never thought of some of those options!! I can't imagine the heart break of losing track of a pet. Mine are an important part of my family. Thankful your friend found her pet.

Kathy
http://www.thetruckerswife.com/

Sunshine said...

Oh how we love our furry babies. :) Great information for pet owners.

Mojo Writin' said...

Love this. Lots of excellent ideas for finding lost animals and a happy ending too. Couldn't be better :)

Julia Williams said...

Great info, and I am glad she found her kitty!

Alana said...

Great tips! Very informative and well organized post. Thanks for sharing!

ResidentGamer said...

Great tips! with twitter and FB it's so much easier to get the message out.

JulieDD said...

Great advice and so glad she found her cat.

chickeewrites said...

A few years ago I was visiting my Mom on her fsrm. I had brought my dogs along as a treat to them. To be able to run around unleashed. The older one knew the property well, so we didin't worry as he had always stayed within a few hundered yards from the farmhouse on every other visit.

Yeah well in the space of a few minutes they went missing. We frantically started searching and calling all the neighboring farms. It kind of shocked me that we had to describe the dogs to them. LoL And not just ask have you seen 2 dogs wandering around your property.

Anyway, several hours later and many reported sighting I found my boys. They were muddy, exhausted and scared. I think the little guy went too far and my big guy followed. Thank goodness they stayed together and were safe!

In those few hours I felt as if life had stopped my boys were the only thing that mattered.

I'm saving this bloggy. just in case.

~chickee

Julie said...

I'm so glad Jack was found!! I loved his "welcome back" sign.
These are wonderful tips, thank you for sharing.

liv2write2day said...

Such good advice. There are few things worse than losing a pet. Glad you added the microchip option there. I like your blog and its mission.

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