Written 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 paper and put a classified ad in.. 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. And if answering a newspaper ad is the way for them to go, then you are in lots of luck! When you are sure that your pet is lost, then write up an ad immediately. In the ad, you should describe your pet's breed or mix, coloring, weight, and where and when you saw them last. You should also put the pet's name in the ad so that if someone sees it, they'll know what to call it. Also, you should include your contact information
Regardless of whether or not you place a newspaper ad, you should regularly scan the newspaper for any ads about a found pet. Many people who find pets take the route of newspaper notification. Look through the classifieds and search for any ads that say anything about a found pet. Especially if you placed an ad about a lost pet, the person who finds your pet might reciprocate your method and place a newspaper ad back.
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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