A walk through just about any neighborhood will reveal several lost pet flyers attached to trees, utility poles and other noticeable areas. Cats, dogs, birds and other pets are known to escape the boundaries that their owners set for them. While most will return home after a bit of adventure, many more will stay out long enough to worry their owners. If you are in search of your missing pet, it will benefit to take on a search plan right away. The quicker you act, the less distance your pet can put between themselves and your home.
Pets have become essential parts of the family that most of us wish to protect. If you notice that your pet is missing, you will be happy to discover that there are numerous online websites that focus on recovering lost pets. Before resorting to such measures, however, search the area around your home. A standard guideline is to cover a two-mile radius before expanding your search further. Gather friends and family to help with your search. Many people will see lost pets wandering about and think that their owners are already aware that their pet is outside. Therefore, notify your neighbors that your pet is missing and tell them to give you a call should they spot them. On that note, always leave contact information and keep your cell phone handy while you are out looking.
If your pet is micro-chipped, call the provider to let them know that they are missing. Call local animal shelters and other organizations that often deal with the recovery of lost pets. Always leave home and work phone numbers where people can reach you.
The pet industry has come up with many innovative ways to to prevent missing pets. GPS collars and microchips are two such devices that will help track your pet’s whereabouts. GPS collars can be pricey, but may be worth the cost if you have a dog that wanders often. Microchips are relatively inexpensive. At about $40 per microchip, this tiny device is inserted between your animal’s shoulder blades so that they can be identified by animal shelters and other organizations that have appropriate scanners. In addition to these precautions, make sure that your pet is wearing a collar that fits well and includes a tag with all of your contact information. By taking these steps, lost pets have become less of an issue and are often reunited with their owners much faster than was possible in the past.