Lost Pet


The first 24 hours are the most important! Please review our tips to the right to help find your lost pet.


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What to do if your pet gets lost – go to www.findtoto.com. For a reasonable price you can have your neighbors informed of your lost pet in no time flat. The service alerts thousands of neighbors within minutes of ordering using a location specific mapping system. You can also post your lost dog on the neighborhood forum, nextdoor.com.


  • Act fast! Don’t waste days hoping your pet will come home, the sooner you begin your search, the better the odds of finding him or her.
  • Be persistent! Often times, well meaning people will keep a lost pet at their house for an extended period before turning the dog or cat into the animal shelter.
  • Search your neighborhood or area where your pet was lost and let people know she’s missing. You may want to offer a reward. Call your pet’s name and check any places she could have become trapped, such as in garages or under vehicles. A lost pet often will hide during the day, so be sure to go out again at night with a flashlight and call for him or her. Sometimes a can of food can lure a hungry and scared pet.
  • Put a piece of your clothing outside that has your scent on it. Your scent could help lead him or her home.
  • Call all animal control agencies in your town and surrounding areas. Animal control officers work through the police department and pick up stray animals.
  • Check your local animal control every day. Unlicensed, stray dogs and cats are required to be held for five days.
  • Make “lost pet” signs using your pet’s description (include a picture if possible). List the sex, color, tags, collars or distinguishing characteristics, the area lost, and your information for someone to contact you. Post the signs in your neighborhood and in post offices, libraries, pet supply stores, veterinary offices, grocery stores, schools, and nearby neighbors.
  • Inform your veterinarian and groomer that your pet is lost in case they receive a call.
  • Place ads in local newspapers and offer a reward in case someone found your pet.
  • Watch the found ads. Respond to any that might be close to your pet’s description. A week of wandering the streets can make white pets look drab gray, and the ad’s description might not exactly fit.
  • If you have recently moved, leave notices with neighbors in both your old and new neighborhoods, and check with agencies in that area.
  • If you have lost a purebred dog, check with breed-specific rescue groups.
  • Make sure that all current and correct information is on file for your dog’s license and rabies tags.
  • If your animal has been microchipped, make sure the company has your current information and inform them that your dog has been lost.
  • Check your neighborhood frequently on foot, and be sure to check at night. If your pet is in an area it is not familiar with, it will only come out when it is quiet.