What should you do if you've misplaced your pet?
(WSAV) – Savannah, Georgia – Losing a pet can be frightening, but following these guidelines will help you find your furry friend sooner rather than later.
Keep your cool.
According to a 2012 poll by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 85 percent of missing dogs and cats were finally found. The animal had returned to its house on its own, according to 59% of cat owners who located their cats. It's likely that you'll find your pet. So take a deep breath and concentrate on what you can do to assist.
Make a search in your area.
This will be the most obvious step, but it may also be the most difficult to take without panicking. According to the report, 49 percent of dog owners who had misplaced their pets were able to locate them by checking their neighborhood. One of the first things you should do is look around your neighborhood.
How can you help the Humane Society?
Use social media to your advantage.
There are various Facebook groups where you can post to aid in your quest as well. Here's the group for Savannah's lost and found pets, and here's the one for Bulloch County.
Make sure you include a clear and recent photo of your pet, as well as what names they react to, anytime you write a post for them. You should also explain if your pet is easily frightened or uneasy among humans. You'll also want to make sure that your Facebook post is shareable so that it can reach as many people as possible
Make sure the information on your microchip is up to date.
If your pet has a microchip, check sure the information on it is up to date. Make sure you have the correct address, phone number, and email on file by checking online. If your pet isn't already microchipped, you should consider obtaining one once you've found them. A great FAQ regarding the advantages of microchipping your dogs can be found at this page.
Make contact with your local animal shelter.
Try contacting local animal shelters and humane organisations to alert them to the situation. Make sure you have a detailed description of your pet. It can be beneficial to inquire whether the shelter or humane society would be willing to share your missing pet's Facebook posts.