✓ Pet Search Checklist
√VISIT: www.missingpetpartnership.org - It's a great list of comprehensive tips on finding: fearful animals, feral cats and aloof dogs. Also includes how to think like a lost pet, effective signage tips and much more. √ SEARCH: Conduct a physical search around the neighborhood. Search for DOGS and CATS differently! Read on...
- Search neighbors’ yards (with permission), under decks and bushes, and in sheds, garages, and crawl spaces.
- Cats: If you search too fast around bushes/garages you'll miss them. They don't move when they're hiding. Grab a flashlight and move slowly around.
- Visit local shelters (Do not rely solely upon pictures on websites.)
- Call/visit local vets (find a list of local vets at www.webvet.com/main/vetfinder).
- Rent wildlife cameras and/or humane traps (one of the most important steps for missing cats)
√ POST SIGNS: Post signs where the pet was lost/last seen (obey local sign laws*)
- Post neon “Lost Cat/Lost Dog” and/or “Reward” signs at intersections and around neighborhoods
- Use step stakes to post signs at intersections/on lawns (with permission)
- “Tag” your car windows using neon markers (usually for dogs only)
- Distribute flyers to local vets, coffee shops, bulletin boards, neighbors, etc.
- (*we recommend Googling “sign ordinance” with your city name to determine the sign ordinances in your area)
√POST/SEARCH ONLINE: Search and post ads to classified websites and newspapers.
- Craigslist —Search and post your pet’s info in the “Lost/Found” section on Craig's List.
- www.PetHarbor.com —Search for your pet in area shelter listings and report your pet as “lost” using their online feature - Be sure to upload a photo of your pet. If someone finds a pet matching your animal’s description or if a shelter receives a similar pet, you will be notified via email.
- Twitter: Visit our Lost Pets Twitter feed to see all stray animals that come into our shelter: @VCLostPets.
- Facebook: Search and post your pet's information on appropriate Missing Pet pages: Finding Rover: Uses facial recognition software to match your pet's face to scanned faces in the area. Download the app.
- Post and search daily! It may take days or weeks for finders to post found animals online.
√HOPE: This is the most important tip — DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE! Many pets are recovered weeks, or even months after they go missing.
Our website (www.vcas.us) updates every 30 minutes as new animals arrive.