How to Find a Lost Pet and Links to Help You Deal With Loss and Grief
First Things First: How Did Your Pet Escape?
Hold on. How did Fido get out? Did you open the door and Fido thought, "Freedom!" and hauled his butt as quickly as he could go? Scout around and check for any open doors in the house, any broken fences in the yard, etc.
Same goes for your cat. How did Ms.FluffyPants manage to escape? Any open windows? Look everywhere; a cat can fit places where you or your dog can't.
For other animals, like rats or gerbils, look for the same things. But first, make sure Fido, Ms.FluffyPants, and Rattle aren't inside the house. Call their name or have your spouse and kids search for the "lost" pets.
Has Your Pet Ever Escaped and Did You Find Him/Her?
Missing Posters: What to Put On Them
Once you are sure your pet is missing, call a newspaper and animal shelter. Ask the newspaper to print off a missing poster. The poster should have when the pet went missing, where you live, your phone number, the pet's age, description, species, breed (optional, only for species who have breeds), and health status, if the pet has an ID, etc. All this information is crucial that Fido, Ms.FluffyPants and Rattle get home safely.
Does Your Pet Have Forms of ID?
Does Fido have a collar, ear tag, or tattoo? You need to give your pet some form of ID so he can be returned safely to you if he gets lost. The tattoo is best overall, because it cannot be removed, unlike collars and ear tags can. A shelter can scan the tattoo to know who the pet belongs to. The service is not available to small animals like rats or hamsters, so don't let Rattle escape at all!
Other Tactics: When All Else Fails
Another tactic includes lying food on the doorstep or water in the patio to encourage the pet the come home. But most the time, this fail. It best to keep trying with posters, and get your pet an ID tattoo if you find him or her. There are miraclous instances of pets coming back home after years, but this is not usually the case. If you find Fido, Ms.FluffyPants, or Rattle, then immeaditely vacinate and check your pet for illnesses. Also fix any openings in your house to prevent another escape.
When Your Pet Never Comes Back: How to Cope
So, your pet hasn't come back.
The world falls out of your grasp, and you go spirling into nothingness. How do you cope...? It's as bad as losing a pet because he's died. But the pet, healthy maybe, young even, lost, dead in your eyes, and you never got to say goodbye?
Look below for some links to help you.
Here Are a Few Links About How to Cope With Your Pet's Death
- When a Pet Dies: How to Cope
I have read countless articles in the last year about people's pets dying. It is something all pet lovers have to experience and is always a sad time. This article and poems relate to how I cope.
- How to Deal with the Death of a Pet
A pet's death is a difficult but inevitable part of being a pet owner. Learn useful tips for coping with the loss of your pet, and for supporting your friends in their time of grief.