It's something we hope never happens. Your best furry friend decides to play the role of escape artist and jumps the fence or makes a mad dash out the door. Suddenly they’re out of your sight.
Your dog’s sudden wanderlust goes just a bit too far and you need to take action to get her back. An estimated 93% of dogs are returned to their owners each year, which is a pretty amazing number, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
We’ve gathered some tips to help get them home safely...just in case!
It’s the oldest trick in the book, and has stuck around for a reason— it works.
You can always grab some paper and a permanent marker to make your very own lost poster, but with the powers of the Internet there are some resources to ensure this process is quick and easy while including the necessary information.
One source you can use is Animal Healings. They’ve got everything from tips on what you should place on the poster to a downloadable template to get back that time you could be spending searching.
In just a short form, 24PetWatch creates your poster for you. It’s super simple - all you need to do is fill out the form, upload a photo, and let them do the rest!
It’s kind of like a futuristic poster. Connect with the entire community by posting on a neighborhood group page, found on Nextdoor or Facebook. This opens up an opportunity for an even larger audience to get the word out for you.
The distance your pup may have covered since she’s disappeared can be covered too. Tack up posters in the neighborhood, but also expand that reach by adding signs in surrounding neighborhoods.
This is probably the easiest one, we all have pictures of our dogs living in our phones. It’s the equivalent of having pictures of your kids in your wallet.
Make sure you have a recent photo on-hand, you never know who you may come across that could have seen your missing pal around!
Identification tags or microchips are a simple way to make sure your dog has their up-to-date information at all times.
With just one look you know who to call and where to send the pup for a safe return. Make sure this ID is updated with any moves or phone number changes, and don’t forget to answer that unknown number when the phone rings!
Read More: What To Put on Your Pet ID Tag
Additionally, make sure your dog’s collar is fitted properly. The recommended amount of breathing room is space to fit 2 fingers between their neck and the collar. This is not loose enough to fall off at any given time, but not so tight that it causes discomfort.
It takes a village, right? Get to know the people living around you, even Bob who mows the grass way too early on Saturday mornings. With your neighbors being familiar with you and your pet, this can skip a lot of steps and have your best boy/girl back in your arms! They can also help distribute posters or share posts to get some extra eyes on the case.