How to Find Lost Pets - Using Craigslist to Find Your Dog or Cat

How  to use Craigslist for help find your lost pets. Cats and dogs both.
How to use Craigslist for help find your lost pets. Cats and dogs both. | Source

How to find a lost pet using Craigslist

Most people think of using Craigslist only for buying or selling things but they don't realize there are a myriad of other things you can do there. Posting a lost pet ad is one of those.

I'm a big advocate of using Craigslist for many things - and one of the best success stores I've had on Craigslist is using it to find my lost dog.

I have many animals, 4 cats and 3 dogs to be exact. I consider myself a good fur-baby mother and I make sure my pets are fed and exercised and have lots of attention. Even with the best of intentions, however, sometimes my animals lose track of me, or should I say I lose track of them? I try my best to be ever vigilant to watch where they are, but sometimes the little rascals fly under my radar.

One such day was when my my little chihuahua Hyphy decided to be adventurous and take a tour of the front of our business without me knowing it. She inadvertently slipped out the side door and before I realized it, little Hyphy was gone. Frantic, my husband and I searched high and low for her, and couldn't find tail nor trace of her, We knew she hadn't been hit, and that someone had probably took her. Adding insult to injury I had taken off her ID tag to give her a bath, so although she had her harness on, her ID tag was not on her.

Beside myself with panic, the first thing I thought of was to use the Craigslist function for lost pets . I immediately posted pictures of Hyphy, a description of her and where she had disappeared. I hoped for the best but honestly, I figured Hyphy might be gone for good because she is such a sweet little dog.

Miraculously, within an hour I got a call on my cell phone from a lady that said she had picked up a chihuahua on our street about an hour before. I described her, and I was shocked when I realized it was Hyphy. I really didn't think that this story was going to have a good ending.

Hyphy came home that night and as it turns out, the lady that brought her home was one of our customers. She described how she had been driving by our building and saw a little dog on the sidewalk , She said she was afraid that Hyphy was going to get hit by a car so she picked her up, took her home and immediately started looking on Craigslist to see if anyone had lost their dog.

Since then I have used Craigslist again to post a lost pet, this time for my cat Elvis. Sadly, the second time around has not been successful and Elvis has not returned. I still have hopes though that perhaps someone will see his pictures and call me. Elvis is a very independent and smart cat, so I pray that he will return home safely.

Craigslist as a resource for finding lost pets

Losing a precious cat or dog that is part of the family is a very traumatic experience, even devastating. Using every available source out there may help you find your lost friend, and using Craigslist is one of the services that can help you - I'm proof of that.

So if you are ever in the unfortunate situation of losing your dog or cat - don't forget to post an ad on Craigslist. When you post make sure you put some pictures up of your lost pet, along with as much information as you can - markings, size, color, weight, and where you last saw your pet. The more information the better. Also make sure you put a phone number where you can be reached- along with any other information you think might be helpful to be finding your lost fur-baby.

And if you know of someone who has lost a pet, make sure you let them know about Craigslist's free service, Who knows, maybe you might help them bring their precious fur-baby home! Let them now how to find a lost pet using Craigslist. Good luck and rapid speed to hopefully a happy reunion with your fur-baby!

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer who shares many stories about Craigslisting and other life stuff)

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Jenny30 7 years ago from Canada

Great tips! I was in a similar situation where I lost my cat. It was devastating. And it is true they are a huge part of the family! I am new to Hubpages and would love for you to check out my articles and love to get some feedback!

TIM 7 years ago


CALL 859-750-9470

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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Paula) Establish an account with Craigslist and just use your default size font that Craigslist uses. This will work out fine. No need to do a fancy ad with different size fonts.

SonnyandCher 6 years ago

Lost Tortie Cat on Sat. night at the Woods apts. She has a face with half black and half orange, is very friendly, about 6 lbs., very small for her age (3)

Please call Steve at 512-305-3143.

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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

SonnyandCher) Best of luck on finding Tortie. Let me know your progress.

Anita 6 years ago

Lost my Boxer fawn and white....Tampa/Land O Lakes 75 pounds. Please email at

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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Anita) Good luck on finding your pup

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Golfgal 5 years ago from McKinney, Texas

Wow I never thought of using craig's list for missing pets. Very smart idea. I called the local animal shelter and they gave me a great tip about a scent beacon. I just wrote a new hub about it and linked this hub to mine for additional interesting reading. I hope you like it. Thanks a bunch. Sorry about your cat....or did he come home???

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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Thank you Golfgal- we found our lost chi through Craigslist but our cat Rocky never came back. I'll have to swing by and check out your hub! Thanks for reading and commenting.

sandee 5 years ago

my daughter has lost her great dane puppy. His name is Duke. He is a fawn with a black mask. He was lost around Hardy Dam area. He is dear to her and would deeply appreciate it if he was returned to her. The number to call is 231-519-7620.

Amelia 5 years ago

Please listen 2 me. I lost my small white toy poodle named Copper.He is a male and is waring a purple colar. He is the world 2 me and i can't live without him!! My mom was half awake and put him in are porch. We both no he'll get out of his hole. He has been gone for a while now. I'm starting toget scared. We r in missississpairport rd.

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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Amelia) I'm sorry to hear that. Make sure you post Copper in a Craigslist ad with the details. Best of luck on finding him.

keller 5 years ago

cat found on 10-22-11--female/declawed/blk-torte-calico

Paula 5 years ago

Lost dog box fawn I'm around Giles his name is max.very missed

charlotte 5 years ago

i need my dog tiger

gail hoskins 4 years ago

i just lost my cat and my heart is broken we had this cat for 13 years almost he is our baby in the west hamilton area i sure could use some good advice to get him to come home we just moved here we been here 15 days and the door was open after we let the dogs out someone didn't shut it and he is an in door cat only how can i get him to come back call or text 513-410-7143

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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@gail) I'm so sorry. I hope he shows up. Make sure you contact all the animal shelters and post his disappearance on Craigslist.

Renita Harris 4 years ago

I lost my Yorkie . He got loose off the chain at my friends house he was in her care off of Bells Rd in Richmond,Va. He is a small dog. He has a tan face and black and gray body his hair is cut close.Please call me f u see him my kids miss him vey number is 8044829339 he is microchipped.Thanks

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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Renita) Good luck with finding your baby Renita.

cherie 4 years ago

i hope u find your baby,i lost my beloved flame point himilayan on thanksgiving day and life has not been the same.I am lost and Louie's sister Zellie and entire pride are grieving him.He got spoked cause someone left front door open,i have done all i can as i am disabled,please anyone who lives in so.Hill Puyallup,around 94th Ave. E.and 134th st.E.,please call me@253-283-9512,I am desperate and will never give up looking for my child-please anyone help me!

Paulette 3 years ago

Lost my wiener dog in the Fowler, Ca. area, please call me @ 559-470-8113.

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Dorsi 3 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Best of luck on finding your fur-baby Paulette.

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