Have you lost a pet? Found a Pet?
Don’t know where to start? Head to this facebook page that’s open to everyone and will provide a free and powerful way to locate your lost family pet.
SIX THINGS TO DO RIGHT AWAY!
Act fast! Colorado shelters are, by law, only required to keep lost pets for 5 days. (If over crowded.. some keep them for less)
SIX WAYS TO HELP YOU GET YOUR PET HOME IN COLORADO!: Whether you have lost a pet or found one, there are high tech & low tech tasks you should do right away
- HelpingLostPets.com Click this link and fill out the form. This puts your pet in a nationwide database and map, provides you with a flyer for printing to post in your neighborhood (old school still works!) and one to share online. Colorado Lost & Found pets will be emailed with that information and will post it to the Facebook page, added to the appropriate album. It will go out through both HeLP & the CO L&F Twitter feed. The posters also have a QR code.
- File a report with the Humane Society/Local Shelter. Some shelters allows this to be done online, but YOU should also go to the shelter. The shelters will often keep a list of animals not for public view. It also give you a chance to go through their found/lost reports that are not usually online. Contact veterinary clinics in your area. Use their “Lost and Found” bulletin boards.
Other Colorado Rescues by City
City and State Roads (deceased animals): This will vary by city and county. Check with your shelter for how your area handles deceased pets.
2. ONLINE! On Facebook, watch for your post yourself in your Colorado Lost & Found Pets Album post. Use that SAME file every time you share all over Facebook! This is SO IMPORTANT! The more that one image gets “liked and shared” the more powerful it is. Put that poster on YOUR facebook page.. Your friends might not know you are missing your dog.. Change your top banner & Profile photo to your LOST PET Photo!! Have more photos? add them in the comments of your pets album post. RESPOND to people’s questions and follow up on ALL leads ASAP
Check & register with www.fidofinder.com – www.petharbor.com & Helping Lost Pets. (If you didn’t do this in step 1)
Fido Finder has a $5 fee to upload a photo of your pet which makes your ad much more effective.
ADD YOURSELF TO THE PETHARBOR EMAIL LIST: CHECK AREA SHELTER by going to Petharbor.com Pet harbor will allow you to search at shelters within a 200 mile radius of your zip code. You can request to get notification on new pets coming in.
(They also offer a service to send out postcard flyers to a certain zip code for a fee)
3. CRAIGSLIST! This is a place a lot of people go to when a pet is lost/found.
Craigslist can be tricky when looking for or post a lost or found pet
WHEN POSTING: Be clear if you have FOUND a dog. Post in Lost and Found OR in Pets, or both. Include a picture. We know there is concern about someone claiming a dog that is not theirs, but leaving a picture out makes it tough for the people who are sincerely trying to find their pet. There are other ways to confirm ownership.
WHEN SEARCHING: Some people will post “LOST DOG” when they FOUND a lost dog. The breeds can be wrong — we have seen a cattle dog listed as an American Bulldog before. They can also leave very vague posts– e.g. “i found a dog-call to describe” Same with cats.. you might not even know what “kind” of alley cat you own which is why I wrote this post: Guide to Alley Cats / Mixed Breeds by Color
NOTE: There have been some cases where dogs have been found being rehomed on Craigslist, so please keep an eye on all areas of Craigslist.
4. MICROCHIP! If you have found a pet…Have it Scanned for a Microchip at the local vet, shelter or Petsmart. If you have lost your pet, contact the company as they can often send out alert (there might be a fee).
There are a few companies that do this.. Most common is HomeAgainhttp://public.homeagain.com My favorite service is Petlink. They email me every quarter to remind me to update my information and it was a small one time fee. www.petlink.net Not sure if your pet’s chip is registered? Enter the number here to check: http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/
Some good insight from someone who lost their pet: “One problem we had that we didn’t know we had: Home Again never put our contact information in their system. When I called to alert them that we had a missing dog, they couldn’t help. I didn’t have the ID number. Check to see that the chip is registered! And make certain the second point of contact has the ID number.” Your Vet can check your chip for you to make sure it’s got the correct information on it.
5. FLYER FLYERS AND MORE FLYERS!!!!! OLD SCHOOL!
MOST Important!!! Post Flyers. Big Flyers. Let people know you are missing you pet. Unfortunately, some people will not call the Humane Society, and may not actively look for you, but if they see a flyer they may think twice about keeping your pet. Additionally, if one person in the family has decided to keep you pet, but someone else see the sign they might act on getting your pet back. ( Remember, you got flyers in step #1)
Print Color Flyers with LARGE Letters a great Photo and your phone number.. Make them easy to read! People will be driving by so if they can’t tell what it is then it’s not going to help you. Put the flyers in a sheet protector upside down and tape the bottom shut with duct tape. That way if Colorado weather happens, your posters wont be soaked.