How to Find a Lost Pet

Updated on July 11, 2019
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I've done a fair amount of research on finding lost pets and hope to help more people bring their beloved pets home.


Step 1: Try Not to Panic

Try not to panic. It won’t be easy given the situation, but do your best not to panic. Call everyone that you know and enlist their help to search with you. It may be easier for people who aren’t as close to your pet to think with a clear head during this challenging time.

Step 2: Have a Good Photo and Description of Your Pet

Get the best photo of your pet and come up with a good description. In this case, a picture really is worth a thousand words. It is important to note if your pet is shy, any birthmarks or scars that might help identify them, and any other important information that might find them. If they have a chip or a collar, then it is important to note this too.


Step 3: Share a Photo and Description of Your Pet Widely

Share this photo and description with everyone.

  • Post it all around your neighborhood.
  • Share on any local lost pet pages on Facebook.
  • Share it with every local veterinarian, groomer, and pet shop that you can think of.

Your pet may be taken to a vet if injured or a groomer if they get dirty. The veterinarian or groomer will let you know if someone brings in your lost pet.

Step 4: Do a Foot Search

Walk around the area where your pet was last seen. Search the blocks around this area as well. It may be best not to call your pet while searching as it can confuse your pet as to which way home is. Stand outside your home and call your pet at night. Animals have much better hearing than humans, and they are likely to hear you calling them.


Step 5: Leave Your Laundry Out

Leave out your dirty laundry. Put some of your dirty laundry out on the porch. Your pet may be able to pick up the scent from where they are located, and it could help them find their way home. You may also consider having a barbecue and cooking some of your pet’s favorite meat. They can smell the meal from miles away and might be able to follow the scent home.

Step 6: Search in Shifts

Take shifts. Have some of your party search by day while the other half searches by night. This can help to make sure that there is no time lost while looking for your precious pet.


Step 7: Enlist Another Pet's Help

Take another pet with you. Your pet may recognize her buddy when she sees him. Your other pet may also be able to sniff out your lost pet if they are hidden and injured.

Step 8: Never Give Up

It can be difficult to lose a pet. Consider all the ways that you can prevent losing your pet in the future. The best options are chipping your pet and making sure that your pet is wearing some form of ID at all times. Try to reflect on the good times you had with your pet and all the good memories that you have shared with them. Never give up on the possibility that your pet may return.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Teddy O'Malley


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