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HOW TO SEARCH FOR A LOST PET
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Lost Pets - attitudes,
Where lost pets go; animal behaviors; statistics; problems
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How to search for a lost pet -- Section IV-a
Section IV-c Section IV-d You
Example Search Schedule,
How to change the lost and surrendered pet system
Our information has been carefully checked many
times, from many angles; however, laws change, facilities change,
numbers change, situations change.
Everything you read here about the lost pet
impoundment system can be verified or proven erroneous as you work to
find your pet; you
will find tips here on how to verify information as you learn how to
accomplish a serious search.
We encourage you to verify verify verify.
In this 4-page section, continued:
A multitude of hidden tips. Your pet
needs one. But which one?
Some information in this report is difficult to cope with and not for
the faint of heart; plan for an efficient search; it can take weeks or
months to find the lost.
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If you can't do everything, that's ok ... most people can't. But do
as much as you can, as many kinds of things as you can, since there's no
telling which one item will be the successful one. With posters,
bulletin boards, veterinarians, pet shops, groomers, pounds and
shelters, police, and municipal facilities ... start close to where the
pet was lost, and work out from there. If it gets overwhelming, at least
you've covered the closer-in areas.
l. Pets often
recognize the sound of a familiar vehicle. Park
the familiar car where the pet
was lost. Run the
motor for a short time and honk the
horn on occasion. Most lost pets feel hopelessly lost immediately away
from their familiar neighborhood; however, since they recognize vehicle
sounds, this could help them find home on their own. It is possible your
lost pet is terrified and holed up on your block or on the next block,
and it's important to do what you can to encourage him to get brave and
If driving to search, drive out away from the location
where the pet was lost, then on the way back to that spot, honk the horn
on occasion (don't honk when leaving the area, since that could draw the
animal in the wrong direction). With window down, call your pet's name,
but do that only on the way back to the spot.
If the pet was lost away from home, when you have to
leave the area see if you can leave food there, and maybe a trash can on
its side with bedding in it. That can be tough under some circumstances
what with vandals, stray animals, etc, but it can be a successful
tactic. Some pets hide and come to the area of loss only after dark
and/or when it's quiet, and will need food and shelter upon return. If
there is a gas station, convenience store, or friendly neighbor
immediately nearby, perhaps they would be helpful and let you work from
and leave food and shelter on their property instead of at the exact
spot from which the pet was lost.
m. Be sure to do door-knocking in the neighborhood
and put up
posters; talk with LOTS of kids, as kids are likely to know more
about a frightened pet which is hiding, running loose, or has been taken in by a neighbor than an adult
might. Also, there are many people who don't watch the news, don't read the paper,
don't pay attention to posters, so door-knocking and working with kids
can be most-helpful in getting the word out.
n. Associations. If your pet is purebred or a popular mixed
breed, attempt to locate an association in your area which is devoted to
that type, such as a Siamese Cat Association or Chihuahua Association,
and get posters to them. Such an organization may also be a great place
to recruit individual helpers.
5. Research Details
Who can sell for research. Individuals, businesses, or government
agencies selling for research must have a Federal license to do so.
Individuals or small kennels may raise their own animals specifically
for research, or they may acquire low-cost or free animals advertised
locally (an important reason to never ever advertise a "free pet"). An individual or kennel may also contract with a municipality
for animal control, and depending on the contract, may be required to
surrender unclaimed pets for research.
b. Government animal control facilities are required by
Federal law to surrender animals for research if requested by a research
lab, when those animals are not claimed by their owners. Government
animal control facilities may include animal pounds operated by large cities,
counties, smaller municipalities; police departments, sheriff's departments,
etc., and possibly contractors such as individuals, kennels, catteries,
veterinarians, and others who may conduct animal control operations for
a government entity.
Some pounds work around the research issue and get by with not surrendering for
research. Others prefer to get the extra funds from selling.
c. Private facilities such as humane shelters and no-kill
shelters are not required to
surrender for research unless they are contracted by a municipality to act as an
When you call
any of the above, ask outright if they sell for research and then compare their
response to the Federal Register.
e. Call the Federal offices and get a copy of the Federal Register for research
labs. The Register lists research labs, kennels, catteries, veterinarians, animal
pounds, and others in your area registered to sell for research. Review it
carefully, since we may have missed listing a type of facility. Call each of them
(labs and sellers); get a poster to them; keep in touch with them.
If you can afford to do so, offer a reward.
However, there are issues that should
1. If you offer a huge reward, this could encourage not-so-nice
people to steal pets hoping to cash in;
2. if you offer no reward, that's ok, but then there's no
incentive for people to go out of their way to help, especially if
they're not particularly wild about pets;
3. if you offer a
moderate reward, that could encourage people to do more than just read about
your loss. Use your own good judgment and simply do the best you can;
4. you may choose to offer a reward somewhat higher than the dollar
value of your lost pet.
This could make your reward offer more interesting to someone than
the money offered by a potential buyer. Keep in mind that if your pet is
an un-neutered purebred (or popular mixed-breed) which could be used for
breeding purposes, that ups the value of your animal to someone looking
to breed and sell the puppies. In such a case, you may want to offer an
even higher reward based partly on the number of puppies a pet of your
type commonly has in a litter. Tip: Neuter or spay your pets.
5. We suggest you look with kindness at people wanting a reward. If
someone calls you demanding to know how much your reward is, how bad can
that be? That caller is your ally, not your enemy. That person who needs
the reward money may be an excellent set of eyes watching out for your
pet. It is recommended that you treat reward-seekers with compassion and
friendliness while yet watching out for your own safety.
G. HOW LONG TO SEARCH
Keep looking as long as humanly possible.
If you plan well and set up a good system, you can do much every month
with fairly minimal effort after your initial push. If you can recruit
others to help, an amazing amount of work can be accomplished. For
example, if you can recruit only 5 caring pet lovers, friends, or family
members, and each of those people does just five small things every day,
7 days a week, that comes out to 750 items accomplished every single
month. Four short phone calls and a quick stop at a pound or shelter on
the way home from work. Five emails. Three phone calls, a poster and a
grocery store bulletin board card. These are absolutely doable for many
people. Since lost pets sometimes take weeks or months or longer to
surface, it's important to keep up the effort and to find good, strong,
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Where to search:
Humane Society Shelters/SPCA
Leave posters with all
Other areas to check:
Lost and Found listings
Pets For Sale Listings
Craig's List online
Breeder wanted ads
Other things to do:
Start an email campaign
Offer a reward
Put up posters
Place Lost ads
List on Bulletin Boards
Post on Craig's List
Human interest articles
Contact TV news
Contact Radio News
Get on chat sites online
Recruit wide-area helpers
Keep shelter available
Keep food/water out
Keep on visiting area
Search area regularly
Call pet's name often
If cat located, live trap
Doorknock & leave info
Recruit neighbor help
Keep on looking, for
days, weeks, months
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Government animal control facilities are required by Federal law to
surrender animals for research if requested