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Report Lost Dog

The following suggestions are provided by a GRRH member who once lost a Golden and successfully recovered it!  We wish you the best of luck with your search.

  1. Call all of your immediate neighbors to let them know it is missing. Let all the children in the surrounding streets know as well. They are the ones playing outside and the most likely people your dog will approach. Most dogs are found within a few streets of its home. Also drive around and talk to the people in your neighborhood.
  2. Within the first 12-24 hours, post missing dog flyers everywhere. Print them in color with a current pictures of your pet and if possible offer a reward, even if it's just a small one. Make sure the text is large enough to be read from a car stopped on the corner. Attach your flyers to stop signs, mailboxes, light poles and bulletin boards in vet offices and grocery stores. Be sure to date your flyer and list the date your pet went missing. Also include your cellular number so that someone can get in contact with you 24/7 with news. If you still have not found your dog after a week, post new signs with an updated date stating that your dog is still missing. When posting signs outside in the elements, consider laminating them or placing them in an upside down sheet protector taped at the bottom. Use string to tie up your signs.
  3. Dogs tend to travel in the same direction that the wind blows. Check weather reports from the day/time your pet disappeared and post signs for several miles in this direction.
  4. Call all of the vets in your area. If you dog is picked up by Good Samaritan, a vet's office is a good place for people to check for microchips and lost pets.
  5. Immediately determine which animal control group responds to calls in your area of town and visit them immediately, returning every three (3) days to walk the kennels looking for your lost dog. Also call them everyday to ask about your pet. Ask them to check their computer system's records to be sure. If the shelter has the ability to post your dog's photo on their website, send them all the appropriate information. Also check with other shelters in the area in case someone who found your dog on the roadside turned it in to a facility closer to their home or work. Most shelters hold unclaimed dogs for a maximum period of three (3) days so act quickly!
  6. Check online bulletin boards and lost pet websites everyday as well. Aside from listings in your local community, also try www.petfinder.com and www.petharbor.com.
  7. Email your local rescue groups with a photo and description of your lost pet. There is a chance that we will recognize your dog as one from a previous email inquiry or shelter listing. 
  8. If you have recently moved, go back to your former address and check there at least once. If a dog is not settling in at a new place, they will often return to a place that is familiar to them.
  9. When you are reunited with your pet, please take it to your vet for a check-up to ensure that it is still in good health after being exposed to a strange new environment. There is a chance that the dog may have injuries that are recognizable to an experienced professional but not to you. Also consider microchipping your pet in case it opts to wander off again.
  10. If you retrieve your pet from a shelter, it is especially important to take it to the vet. Even a well-vaccinated dog can pick up a strain of kennel cough or respiratory illness.