by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
We never had our own pets growing up, but were able to vicariously own a dog through my grandparents. My grandparents lived really close, and so I got to see them all the time. They've had a couple of dogs throughout my life, and so, as a child, it was always great to play and spend time with their dog. I remember a couple of times when the dog would get out and run down the street and we'd have to chase it and sometimes we couldn't find the dog immediately. I was so scared that the dog was lost and as a little girl, all these scary thoughts ran through my mind at the prospect of the dog being lost. If your pet ever runs away or gets lost, you will probably experience some of the same feelings, and you'll want to know some of the methods available to you when you're trying to find your pet.
One of the searching techniques you can try is to contact your local animal shelters. If your pet does get lost, rest assured that there are good people out there, who if they find your dog, will take the appropriate measures to place it in a place where it can be found. Right now, before your pet even gets lost in the first place, collect the numbers of some of the local animal shelters and keep them in a place you'll remember, so if you need them you can easily access them.
If you can't find your pet within the first few hours of searching, go home and call the shelters. Probably within the first few hours of your pet being lost, it won't show up in any animal shelters, but by giving the shelters a heads up you will give them the chance to keep an eye out for your particular pet. Losing pets is no fun, and so you definitely want to cover all your bases. The best thing to do to prevent permanent loss if your pet suddenly runs away, is to get tags for your pet before the running away even happens. If you tag your pets, and put the needed information (like vet's information, etc.) on the tags, then your pet will be much easier to find.
Losing a pet is never fun and if that happens to you, then you should take all the necessary steps. You shouldn't stop looking for your pet, and you should try every option available for locating your pet. Pets become loved and almost like a part of the family, and so you need to look into every avenue of recovery.
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