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How to Find a Lost Pet and Links to Help You Deal With Loss and Grief

Updated on May 24, 2017
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GalaxyRat is fond of rats and writing. And dark poetry. She knows that people don't like all these things together... but who cares?

These rats have one thing in their brain: how can we work together to bust outta here?
These rats have one thing in their brain: how can we work together to bust outta here?

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?

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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.

Scabbers (Currently 9 months old), has escaped many times, but thankfully he has never gotten outside!
Scabbers (Currently 9 months old), has escaped many times, but thankfully he has never gotten outside!

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!

Like his brother, Templeton has escaped countless times, but he has also not found a way outside!
Like his brother, Templeton has escaped countless times, but he has also not found a way outside!

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.

The two troublemakers together!
The two troublemakers together!

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.

Lola, a Jack Russel Terrier mix, has been taught not to escape her fenced mansion, but, when she's really sick of the place, she decides to take a little break and escape.
Lola, a Jack Russel Terrier mix, has been taught not to escape her fenced mansion, but, when she's really sick of the place, she decides to take a little break and escape.

Comments: Tell us if your pet escaped and if you found him/her

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      GalaxyRat 6 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Thanks for the suggestion!

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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      Forgot to mention that those pesky little rats of yours are gorgeous. So cute! I used to have hamsters (adopted an overly aggressive one and one with a hole in its ear from a pet store -- both considered unsellable and otherwise would've been snake food). You might consider a pet hub on the joys of owning a pet rat.

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      GalaxyRat 6 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Flourish:

      I am thankful you did those tactics. Thank so for checking out this Hub!

      And Louise:

      Good to know you found her! My dog Lola (whose picture is above) has escaped, but after we set out food she comes back. Usually, we have to pick her up and haul her home when we do find her,

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      Louise Powles 6 months ago from Norfolk, England

      My last dog did escape once, but thankfully I found her about an hour later. Thank goodness I did as I don't know what I would have done if I had never found her!

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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      When an old cat of mine went missing (he had kitty dementia), we put up posters and distributed flyers and specifically noted for people to please check sheds, crawl spaces, garages, etc. He was found trapped in a neighbor's crawl space where they had had work done on their house and he crawled in secretly then got trapped. This urging saved his life.

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      Epson 7 months ago

      I lost my guinea pig Tartar Sauce. I think he died somewhere in the apartments vents when he escaped. He was old and had health problems. Problem is I have to move out soon. Good article tho.

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      GalaxyRat 7 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Open to comments! Do you need help finding a lost pet?