Here are some tips to help get your dog back faster…
*One of the most important steps – Immediately VISIT your local Animal Control/Humane Societies in an approximately 10-20 mile range to look for him/her and to file a LOST report so they can be on the lookout for him/her. Keep visiting regularly to check as well. It is especially helpful to take a flyer that has his/her pictures on it. Indianapolis Animal Care Services at 2600 S. Harding St. has a stray hold of only 4 days. Link to listing of all shelters – http://www.indylostpetalert.com/shelters/
*Have flyers copied (can use the posting we have created for your pet) to distribute. Not all folks use social media!
*If your dog is microchipped, please make sure to update any outdated info throughout the chip company ASAP! You can always contact the place that put the chip in for the number/chip company info. Visit http://www.indylostpetalert.com/microchipping/ for more information.
*Search your neighborhood, knock on doors and talk to all your neighbors. Leave a paper flyer with them in case they find your pet at a later time. Walk or drive slowly through your neighborhood and make some noise while you go around the neighborhood (call the pet’s name also). Animals can hear you from very long distances. Bring your pets favorite things with you, a “squeaky” toy or favorite treats and rattle them loudly while calling your pet’s name. It’s also important to stop regularly, be quiet, and listen to see if your pet is making any noise. Sometimes they may make a noise in reply or they may be hiding somewhere whimpering or barking.
*Please share his/her alert on your FB page and ask others to share. If you have a neighborhood or town FB page or email list, please get the word out about him/her using these methods also. Many neighborhoods have the nextdoor.com website that you can post your pet to as well.
*Post lots of signs in the area and within a 2 mile radius of where he/she went missing, especially entrances/exits of your neighborhood. Neon signs are great! If you need examples of signs, just ask and we can provide some. Clear contact paper or clear packaging tape can help to make them waterproof.
*Please share your pet’s flyer with your mail/UPS/FedEx person. They usually spend a lot of time in your neighborhood and often know where pets live and contact any local veterinarians to let them know your dog is missing. Giving them a color flyer is even better so they know exactly what your dog looks like.
Don’t give up your search. Animals who have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.
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