Lost your Dog?!!
Most pets are found within a 30-block range of their own house so keep looking! It is not uncommon for someone within your 30-block radius to have temporarily taken in your pet and care for him/her while trying to reach you.
It is recommended that you do them in the order listed or better yet, gather a search party and delegate each step.
SPEED AND THOROUGHNESS WITH WHICH YOU REACT CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
1. SEARCH HOUSE AND YARD
You would be amazed how many times people have found the front door open and assumed the worst. Look under the bed, in closets, basement, garage, etc. Walk the yard - is the fence broken? Is there a hole dug under the fence? (follow footprints)
2. CALL/TALK TO NEIGHBORS AND NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN
Maybe they saw which way the pet was walking or they are holding the pet for you.
3. VISIT SHELTERS/HUMANE SOCIETIES
It is better to go there - not call.
Many shelters will only hold them for three or four days - quick action is essential. Take a picture.
Franklin County Animal Shelter
1731 Alum Creek Dr. 462-4360
Citizens for Humane Action
5505 Westerville Rd. 891-5280
Capital Area Humane Society
3015 Scioto Darby Executive Ct. 777-7387
Humane Society of Delaware County
4920 State Rt. 37, Delaware, Oh 548-7387
4. MAKE FLYERS AND DISTRIBUTE
Make eye catching and colorful a large picture of pet. Include pet's size, color, identifying marks or tattoos. Give two or three phone numbers as contacts. Some suggest adding "needs medication" in case someone has found your pet and decides to keep it. You may consider the offer of a reward, but not state how much.
-Distribute flyers to: neighbor's mailbox, bulletin boards, school yards, grocery stores, mail to all vets, convenience stores, mail to all shelters, laundromat, telephone poles, boarding kennels/ groomers
5. TALK TO:
kids in neighborhood/school
6. VISIT SHELTER/HUMANE SOCIETY EVERY DAY
Drop off a flyer each time.
7. CHECK PET FBI WEB SITE FOR LOST PETS
8. CONTACT LOCAL VETERINARIANS
Your pet may have been injured and taken for treatment.
9. CHECK LOST AND FOUND SECTION OF NEWSPAPER EACH DAY
10. IF YOUR DOG WAS A PUREBRED
Call the Central Ohio Kennel Club (division of AKC) for local breed rescue clubs - 299-3647.
11. ADVERTISE IN NEWSPAPER Lost and found section.
Be specific in describing pet and where it was lost.
List several phone numbers as contacts.
Columbus Dispatch 461-5555 Columbus Messenger 272-0702 Eastside Messenger 272-0684 Reynoldsburg News 861-2400 Suburban News Publications 785-1200 (publish local papers all over central Ohio) This Week 841-0444
12. RADIO STATIONS
Some may offer free "missing bulletin"
13. NOTIFY POLICE
Even if your pet is lost but not stolen, they may spot him/her in their travels.
Gahanna PD 471-8080 New Albany PD 855-7547 Pataskala PD 224-2122 Westerville PD 882-7444
14. ARE THERE ANY CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MIGHT MAKE IT INTO A HUMAN INTEREST STORY?
DON'T GIVE UP. Keep checking the shelters and the papers for the next couple of months. Often someone will house your stray, hoping that you will find it. When he gets frustrated or can no longer keep the pet, he will turn it over to a local animal agency as a last resort. By this time, the shelter personnel will have forgotten about your lost pet unless you have kept up your search.
After you have found your pet, call us to set an examination to make sure there are no hidden wounds or injuries and at that time we can MICROCHIP your pet.
We hope this has been a help to you.