Lost a dog or cat? Let us help you with a game plan! We have succeeded in bringing pets home who have been gone for months. Below are tips, tricks and tactics that have worked for us.
Even if you don't live in Arizona, we'd love to help you! We are animal lovers and we know how it feels to lose a furry family member. Most of our methods can be applied universally.
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Locating your furry friend will be a part-time job, and you've GOT to be willing to go the distance - this means NOT giving up! According to pet detective Kim Freeman, the biggest mistake people make when looking for lost pets is giving up too soon! She points out in her book, "How to Find a Lost Cat," that this explains why thousands of friendly pets show up at shelters each year - people simply stop looking. Don't let that be you!
Here are the Cool Cat Top Ten Tactics for Locating Lost Pets:
This will be a very up-and-down journey. You'll get some kind souls who will contact you, saying they think they have seen your pet. Take every call or text! And be sure to thank each person who reaches out. (Write their numbers down as well - we'll tell you why, shortly.)
Unfortunately, you'll also get a few soulless meat suits who will try to scam you or mess with you. Prepare yourself ahead of time, so that when this happens you will be ready. Remind yourself that most people are well-meaning and helpful. Don't let a few miserable trolls derail you.
Also, don't be discouraged if sightings don't turn out to be your pet. -Because you will get a good amount of false starts. This just means that people are looking! And that they care! The important thing is to NEVER GIVE UP!
If and when you do get your happy reunion, reach out via text or call to everyone who took the time to contact you about your lost pet. They've got some emotion invested too, and they will be very happy to hear your good news. This will also encourage them to help others who are looking for lost pets!
Finally, be very patient with your newly-found pet! Be prepared to see some PTSD for a while (we're very serious). Their personality may seem different and they may need lots of sleep. It might help to keep them in a quiet place away from other pets/family for a few days or so. Take a worn t-shirt of yours and rub it on them to transfer your scent; this will help them adjust to being home, and will also minimize any non-recognition aggression that any other family pets may experience. (This comes from them not recognizing the lost pet's scent.) Your newly-found pet may even get weird about food. If so, make food and water available at various feeding stations around their area of the house. Let them know that they're safe and won't have to worry about resources again.
And of course, when your pet is recovered, make sure to contact all involved shelters/agencies/groups/microchip companies. Remove all posters & tape, and if your pet has a website, share the good news on the home page! You'll be surprised at how many people will be watching and cheering you on.
We hope this helps! We've thrown a lot of info at you, but don't be overwhelmed. Pick what tactics you feel will work for you, and add as needed. It's just important to start somewhere! Best wishes in your search and feel free to call us with any questions AND Happy Tail Stories!
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