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:
- Contact your local humane society, municipal pound, and veterinary clinics in the area (especially the emergency vet clinics). If your pet is micro-chipped and/or licensed and you have kept your contact info up to date, they will contact you if they impound your pet. However, if your pet does not have identification, you will need to check back with them regularly.In Edmonton, click here to view found pets on the Edmonton Animal Care and Control website and here to view found pets on the Edmonton Humane Society website.
- Here are some websites that can help (post a lost pet ad and search found pet ads): www.petlynx.net, Kijiji Lost and Found Pets, Pet Search Party Edmonton, and the classifieds of local newspapers.
- Search tips for cats: Cats in the Bag
- Check and post on Facebook sites such as Alberta Lost Pet Locator Society | Alberta’s Angels for the Animals | Lost and Found Cats Alberta | Lost Pets Alberta | Lost Pets and Fosters in Alberta | Helping Lost Pets, Edmonton Lost Pets, Edmonton and Area Lost Pets
- Create a missing poster (you can use petlynx to create one) and distribute it to locations throughout the area where the pet was last seen. For example, post it at local businesses, grocery store bulletin boards, vet clinics, police stations, churches, community leagues, and give it to your neighbours and friends. The poster should include a photo, a description (breed, coat color, eye color, sex, collar, and any identifying marks), area lost, date lost, and your phone number.
- 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!