What To Do When You Lose Your Pet

Losing your pet can be an extremely scary situation. An animal can escape in only a matter of seconds. Being prepared and having your pet microchipped and wearing an ID tag, can often times make the difference between a successful reunion with your pet, and losing your pet for good. The staff at Acoma Animal Clinic and your Tucson Veterinarian, Dr. Livingston strongly recommend the following steps to increase the likelyhood of finding your pets.

  1. Act Quickly, Waiting a few days to see if your animal return is a recipe for disaster.
  2. Leave out food and water.
  3. Search during the day, and at night as sometimes pets rest during the day when they are lost.
  4. Call animal control, Humane Society, veterinary clinics and animal shelters in your area to see if a pet has been reported found.
  5. Check your local shelters DAILY. Most do not have the staffing to check to see if your pet is there. Don’t rely on shelter workers when your pets life may be at stake.
  6. Make flyers with the pet’s picture to post in your area. If your pet needs medication list that on the flyer.
  7. Place an ad in the Classified section of local newspapers. These ads are sometimes free.
  8. Place an ad on Craigslist.
  9. Send an email to neighbors and friends and ask them to pass it on.

Once you have been reunited with your pet

  1. If your pet is not microchipped, have it micro-chipped and don’t forget to keep this information current.
  2. Email friends that your pet has been found.
  3. Take down flyers.