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 methods you can use to find your pet is to place fliers around the neighborhood or wherever you lost your pet. For this method to be truly effective, you need to keep a recent snapshot of your pet on hand. If your pet is lost, you'll need a couple of really good photos to put on the flier. A close up shot and one with full animal in it would be best. Also, with your photos, if you can, don't print out the snapshot and just have it lying around the house somewhere. Keep it in a safe place; the best place I can think of to store these photos would actually be on your computer. Just for safety's sake, have a couple of prints and keep them with some of your other valuable documents; you just want to make sure that you have a couple of different ways of accessing your photos.
On the flier, you should include some specific information. On the flier, 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. You can go to any copy store and get multiple copies of your flier printed up, and then you can proceed to go about placing them all around the neighborhood and area. Place them in areas where people will notice them like telephone poles, at stop lights, on bulletin boards at parks. You just need to get the name and image out there of your pet so you can have the best chance possible at retrieving it.
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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