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Losing a pet can be extremely overwhelming and can cause you to feel helpless. When your pet’s name is called and they don’t come is a feeling every pet owner dreads. Knowing your pet could be anywhere but home with you is a scary feeling but remember not to panic. It is very important to stay calm and sane so it can help increase the chance of being reunited your pet. Follow the steps below to help bring home your furry friend safe and sound:

Search Your Neighborhood

A good place to start searching is in your neighborhood or wherever your pet was last seen. Ask around to the neighbors and make it known that you are missing a pet. Having more eyes open for your missing friend will maximize the chances of someone finding them.

Make Posters

If you have a picture of your pet, create a simple poster with a clear description and post it all over the area. Put notices in your local pet stores, doggy daycares, groomers, and even at your local coffee shop.This way, people other than your close neighbors will be searching too. Add your contact information and even reward a prize for whoever finds your pet.

Place a Lost Ad in the Local Newspaper

Posting an ad in the local newspaper is another way to get the word out. The more people that know the better.  However, if someone does respond to your ad, make sure to use caution! Do not have the caller come to your home and do not meet them alone!

Social Media is Key

Don’t forget how powerful social media is. Posting your lost pet on social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram will help increase the number of people searching for your pet. Ask your friends and family to share your post and even places like your pet’s groomer or vet.

Check with the Nearby Shelters

It is important that you visit the nearby animal shelters every day to look for your pet. it is possible that your pet has wandered far from home and someone may have turned them into the shelter. Keep checking back in with them because you will have a better chance of people remembering you and your lost pet if they have heard from you before.

Don’t Give Up

If days have passed and your pet has yet to come home, do not give up. Ever! Keep looking and posting daily and stay hopeful. Remember that many lost animals have found their way back home!

Search for your pet as often as you can and don’t be afraid to ask people for help. You never know who might get your pet home to you. If you want to avoid the hassle of having to search for your lost pet, contact Oceanside Veterinary Clinic to learn about microchipping your furry friend.