Lost Pet

If you lose your pet, here are some of the things you can do to bring him/her home again. These resources are also useful if you find a lost pet:

  • Canvass your neighbourhood as often as you can (talk to dog walkers, joggers, construction workers, bus drivers) and give your poster to as many people as possible.
  • Pets have an amazing sense of smell. Lost dogs and cats can sometimes find their way home again by following a familiar scent – theirs and yours. If possible, consider leaving your pet’s food, bed and something of yours outside your door. For cats, their litter box can be put outside as well.
  • If you know where your pet may be hiding, consider setting a humane cage trap. If you do this, you need to get permission from the land owner and you need to monitor the cage every few hours.

I hope the anguish of a lost pet never happens to you, but remember that it could. Please do what you can right now to protect your pet: license, spay/neuter, and microchip. If you lose your pet, start looking right away and don’t stop. Get in your car, get on your bike, talk to your neighbours, talk to strangers, talk to construction workers, put up posters, place ads, do whatever you can – but don’t lose heart, your pet is out there somewhere and you are not alone in your search. Never give up!

For more information on finding lost pets, visit www.edmontonhumanesociety.com and City of Edmonton.