Steps to managing lost-and-found pets

Published Jul 29, 2018 at 9:00am

There seems to be a lot more lost and found cats and dogs lately.

I don’t think there are actually more lost pets, it’s just the fact that social media makes us more aware of them on a daily basis. if you’ve lost a pet you know how emotionally traumatizing it can be, you don’t always know where to start looking for them or if you found someone’s pet, you don’t know how to go about finding their owner. 

Here are some steps to help you to find your missing pet:

• Contact local animal control and animal shelters. File a lost pet report with every shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home, make sure they have your pet’s information and photo, as well as your contact information. Personally visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible.

• Search your neighborhood several times each day. Talk to your neighbors, letter carriers and delivery people and ask them if they have seen your pet.

• Put up missing/lost posters around your neighborhood as well as local businesses such as grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices and animal shelters.

• Use social media: post a notice on your Facebook page with a photo of your pet and your contact information. Post a lost pet notice on local lost and found pages on the internet and check them for found pet listings. Many of these pages will give you tips on what to do to find your pet or the owner of a lost pet.

• Don’t give up on your search. Animals who have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.

If you should find a lost pet some steps you should take to find the owners are:

• Notify local animal control and animal shelters so they will have a record of the found pet for when their owner checks there for them.

• Take the animal to a local shelter or veterinarian and have them scanned for a microchip.

• Talk to your neighbors, letter carriers and delivery people, show them a photo and ask them if they recognize the animal.

• Put up found animal posters around your neighborhood as well as local businesses such as grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices and animal shelters. 

• Use social media: post a notice on your Facebook page with a photo of the found pet and your contact information. Post a found pet notice on local lost and found pages on the internet and check them for lost pet listings.

• If and when you are contacted by someone who claims to be the owner, it is best to ask for some proof, such as a veterinary receipt or a photograph. 

If you are thinking about adopting a dog or cat, the Humane Society of Rome has some amazing animals waiting to find their own loving forever homes. Here are a couple that are waiting to meet you:

Dixie is a 6-year-old female German Shepherd mix. She likes treats and is on the look-out for what’s happening around her. She cries so she can get lots of attention. She likes to be around other cats and dogs. So if you have other pets, she’s the one for your home. She gets along with all the different people that have come in to visit. Make sure you come see her soon.

Dutchess is a 7-year-old female kitty. She is a dignified and quiet cat. She’d be OK with other cats and can be playful at times. She is waiting on her special someone to adopt her and give her a forever home.