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Locating lost cats and dogs

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o matter how much you believe that your pet will not get lost, accidents do happen. Storms can blow gates open or fences down; visitors may leave a gate open. Your pet may take fright when being transported in the car or out walking. Dogs and cats should be registered as required by your local council and wear a collar and identification tag at all times. Be sure that the information on the tag is current. It is best to have only your telephone number and the pet’s name on the tag rather than your full address. A microchip offers an additional and permanent method of identification. If your pet appears to be missing from your yard thoroughly check first to make sure it isn’t asleep somewhere in the corner, or accidentally locked in a shed. Cats are very clever at hiding away and ignoring your calls. Once you are sure your pet is missing, speak to your neighbours and ask them to check their yard, shed, garage and under their house. Also phone your local council, the animal welfare shelters and your local veterinarians and provide details of your missing pet. Having taken these initial steps, you should widen the search if your pet hasn’t been found. A flyer with a description of the pet, and a photo if possible, should be taken to local shops, veterinary clinics in your area, animal welfare shelters, local pet stores and the council pound. Dogs can walk quite a distance in a few hours, so include neighbouring suburbs and place an advertisement in the local newspapers. Visit all the animal welfare shelters and council pounds for surrounding areas every few days and ask to look through the pens. Depending on your state laws, your animal may only have to be kept for four to eight days before being classed as unclaimed and may then be rehoused or euthanased. Do not depend on phone calls to ascertain whether your pet is in the shelter or pound. Your description of the pet may be quite different to how someone else views it. Losing a pet is a very traumatic for both the owner and pet but in most cases the reunion takes place within a few days. Remember, getting information about your lost pet to as many people as possible as quickly as possible is the best way to ensure a happy ending. ®

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Your Pet Magazine issue 10  

YPM issue 10 2007. Devoted to pets and their owners.

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