How To Find Your Lost Pet

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If every pet dog and cat in America had a microchip implant or collar, it would be a snap to find them if they became lost. But, most of the time, it just isn’t that way. Most pet animals go missing without the benefits of newer technology, so it’s up to the owner to find them the old fashioned way. Here are ways to slant the odds in your favor if your beloved mutt or feline takes off – and doesn’t come back.
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How To Find Your Lost Pet

Make sure to keep up to date photos of your pet as it matures, and detailed notes, including a complete description, distinctive body marks and whether its intact, neutered or spayed.
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How To Find Your Lost Pet

At an early age, fit your pet with an expandable, durable, comfortable and lifetime collar. Keep a record of its make, color and style, especially noting any ID tags that can distinguish one animal from any other.
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How To Find Your Lost Pet

Use the information to make a detailed Missing Poster to plaster around the neighborhood, as soon as you’re sure your dog or cat is not coming home as usual. Time is of the essence.
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How To Find Your Lost Pet

Take to the web and print out a map of the area your pet was known to be in the last time you saw them, making sure to pin down an approximate time frame.
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How To Find Your Lost Pet

Immediately contact your own Vet and any local animal clinics or hospitals in case your pet was involved in an accident.
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How To Find Your Lost Pet

Monitor any local community resource sites on the web immediately and regularly. Especially if there’s a separate Lost and Found animals section.
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How To Find Your Lost Pet

Contact or visit all the different types of Animal Services facilities in your area, not just shelters or pounds.
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How To Find Your Lost Pet

Send your info to local radio stations. They love to fill in extra airtime with short, but widely dispersed messages, which are of community service value and, best of all, sometimes make a good story with a (hopefully) happy ending.
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And, Finally…

Don’t give up too easily. Your stray dog or cat could be living a new life just blocks away, without the lucky finder ever knowing that a nearby neighbor’s old dog is teaching them new tricks…
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