to find a lost cat or dog
If your pet goes
missing, it is a horrible feeling. If you suspect your cat
has gone missing, here is what you should do.
Is it really
First check and make sure your dog isn't taking a cat nap
on your daughter's bed or that the cat isn't cosied up in
the laundry basket. Go room by room in the house (turning
off anything that makes noise so you can hear a meow or whine).
Then check all possible hiding spots in the yard.
Make sure your dog isn't at the neighbor's house playing with
their dog. Or they might have seen your dog walking down the
street, not realizing you weren't close behind.
Could it be
This is most often a problem with purebreds, especially sought
after pets. Does it appear someone snatched your pet from
a backyard you know is completely pet proofed? If you believe
your pet was stolen, contact the police.
Check the shelters
Check the pet shelters, the pound, the SPCA and any other
animal rescue organizations to see if they have your pet.
Visit the shelters
If it has been more than 24-48 hours, visit the shelters personally.
The cat you describe as charcoal could be listed as a black
cat and a worker didn't realize there was a match. There is
also the chance your pet might have been picked up in a completely
different area of town than where you live, so you need to
check all pets, not just ones picked up in your neighborhood.
Put flyers up in the neighborhood, preferably with a picture
and any identifying details. Advertise in the newspaper under
the pets lost and found section.
Don't lose hope
Pets have turned up weeks, months, and even years after they
go missing. So don't lose hope that your pet will be found.
Have a pet identification kit ready incase a pet ever does
go missing. This help provide valuable details for others
who are helping you look, as well as to send to shelters and
clinics so they can be on the lookout. Here is how
to create a pet ID kit.
Should you microchip your pet incase he or she gets lost?
Do you have a pet ID kit?