Lost cat and dogs Finding yours: returning other peoples

Barbara10Broek By Barbara10Broek, 23rd Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/ottym2bi/
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Discusses things you can do to keep your pets safe and help get them back if lost.

Protect your pets

To guard against losing a dog or cat equip it with a durable collar and attach a tag to it that gives your name and contact information. A collar should be snug, but not tight, to prevent it from slipping off the pet’s head. Even a pet that is kept indoors should have a collar and tag. Any pet can escape outside by darting out a window or open door.

If you do loose a pet work outward from the spot where you think the animal was lost, searching in widening circles. A dog may come at your call, but a cat may crouch in hiding (often inside, in closets, or under furniture). Use a flashlight when searching dark areas, the light reflecting from its eyes makes it easier to see.

If you cannot find the pet, inform the police or the local animal pound. Tell neighbors, post notices in stores and post offices, advertise in the local newspaper and offer a reward. Check the lost animal section in that paper. Also check with the mail deliverer and tradespeople who often see stray animals on their rounds, and with neighborhood veterinarians.

Returning a lost pet

If you find a pet that seems lost, first look for an identification tag, then phone the neighbors, it may be a local pet on the loose. If the animal looks thin or sickly, it is probably lost or abandoned, if you cannot determine its owners, contact the local humane society. Check the Yellow Pages under Animal Shelters, dog warden, or police headquarters for advice.

Be careful about handling a strange animal, particularly one that seems frightened or unfriendly. An animal that is salivating or twitching may have rabies. If you decide to adopt a pet whose owner cannot be found, first try making friends with it. A badly neglected animal may need feeding once or twice before it will trust you. Before taking a stray into your home, have it examined by a veterinarian for mange, ringworm, fleas, and other parasites and diseases.

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Care, Cat, Cats, Dog, Found, Lost, Owners, Pets

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

Its very important people are aware of this BEFORE it happens. Visiting a shelter every 2 days after a pet is missing is good also incase the staff are too busy to notice your pet has come in.
It is not unheard of for neighbors to pick up cats and dump them in far away parts of the city so people should look at all strays brought into the shelter no matter where they were picked up from.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

That is very valuable advice Mark.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

Barbara you've beat me to it this time. I had an article in the works on lost and stolen pets :-))

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author avatar Angelique Newman
17th Feb 2011 (#)

Wonderful article and great tips Barbara. Thanks for sharing :)

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