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GOOD AND BAD.
We encourage you to verify verify verify.
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.
1. Wonderful, caring people who are not judgmental, and who only want the best for both you and your lost pet.
2. Caring people who are judgmental and look at you as though you are a criminal for having lost a pet, or for bringing a pet to an agency, even though you may have saved that lost pet from the streets.
3. Decent people, but people who couldn't care any less about your problems nor the problems of your pet, due to their own lives being overwhelmed.
4. Wonderful people who care deeply about the animals but have no interest in your issues. Often this particular attitude develops with burnout, from having seen too much animal suffering for way too long. This can also be due to somewhat sanctimonious individuals always assuming the worst of other people.
5. People who care nothing about you or any animals, and who simply want to go on with their own lives and avoid any animal issues.
Be mentally prepared for all of these responses to you while you search, and your efforts will be a little easier.
C. HOW LONG WILL YOU SEARCH? If you are like most people, you will not search for your pet long enough. You'll learn some of the reasons why as you study this document.
D. HOW AND WHERE PEOPLE SEARCH. Many people believe when they lose a pet they can simply go to their local pound, visit their local humane shelter, put an ad in their local paper, perhaps put up some posters in the area immediately around their residence or wherever the pet was lost, maybe put an ad up on Craig's list on the web, and then just sort of wait for the pet to come home.
For example, if you know 10 details, but there are actually 30 or more details you should know, you can see how you are immediately losing two-thirds of your opportunities to find your lost pet. It's important to know it all in order to make an adequate search plan, one where you know you've done the very best you can on behalf of your lost pet.
G. PUREBRED vs MIXED BREED. Pet owners tend to believe their pet will never be euthanized by a shelter or impoundment facility and that he would never be sold for research, simply because that pet is purebred, or very expensive, or so cute or so sweet, or way smarter than most pets, or whatever. This is not reality; you will find in-depth information later in this document.
H. YOUR PET -- SAFE OR NOT. People who lose a pet are typically convinced that some nice neighbor has taken the animal in and will love it and keep it forever. You will find many reasons in this document as to why this is awfully shaky ground. The truth is that i
I. FRIENDS, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS. Most people are kindly and caring, and would do nothing to harm a pet by causing its loss. But it is a fact that when it comes to pets, not all people are nice, including some members of some families, some neighbors, and some "friends". Don't indulge in the blame game, don't look at everyone with suspicion, but simply be aware, and put forth your own best search efforts. Also see related neighbor/friend/family examples at Section II-G-1.
J. PERSONAL SAFETY ISSUES. Please do not assume you are safe when out searching for your pet simply because you know the neighborhood. We live in an age of human predators, with others preying on people for many different reasons -- so caution is important for both men and women. Of course, not all of these tips will apply in all circumstances, but they are presented here with an eye towards due vigilance.
Always use good judgment; watch over your shoulder. If you are out walking and searching when the streets are quiet or dark, move across the street when you see a stranger approaching and keep an eye out to see where the person goes. Avoid walking near vans or similar vehicles. If you are the least bit suspicious about someone's behavior, get out of the area. Avoid giving out your full name, phone number, or address during your search. Never allow anyone to deliver "your" pet to your home; never meet in any other secluded area to view the found pet when you are alone. Always meet in a public place; if you cannot, have someone go with you to view the animal at the location of the finder. When you get to the person's location, however, again use good judgment before getting out of your vehicle. Once at their door, a
When out and about, don't forget to be more watchful and careful than usual to not walk into the path of vehicles while you're engrossed in your search efforts. If you must search at night, swing a flashlight as you walk, and/or wear reflective clothing or reflective strips. You may also want to carry an attack repellant.
While out searching, also be exceedingly cautious of unfriendly dogs; bring a source of protection with you when walking (visit your local pet store for options such as a spray repellant suitable against dog attack).
The chance of human or animal attack is very very slim. The trick with personal safety while searching is to simply assess such situations automatically, making instant safety decisions, so you can relax and concentrate on your search.
GOOD AND BAD.
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