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Find Your Missing Dog

Updated on September 26, 2013

Losing your pet dog can be a very sad and heart-breaking experience. Our family dog, Boofy, went missing a few weeks ago, making us go through a whirlwind of emotions. Although it brought us sadness, the positive side is it helped us get in-touch with our community as well as identify the best and most effective ways to find him.

Below I have compiled some things you need to consider as well as the best ways to look for a lost dog.

Searching your Neighbourhood

The first point of action is to search your neighbourhood and areas where you usually take you dog for a walk. It may be that your dog just wanted to wander off for a little while. If your dog is male and it is during mating season, it may have left to temporarily find a breeding partner in your local area.


Visiting your neighbours is also a smart idea because they could have been the first to see your dog wandering around in the neighbourhood. They may be able to advise you on which direction your dog was heading.

Leaflets and Notice Boards

You can place leaflets in the letterboxes around your area to make sure your whole neighbourhood knows. An effective idea is to place posters on public noticeboards at supermarkets and local shop windows to increase the amount of publicity in your area.

Local Vets in Your Area

Local vets in your area will be more than happy to help you with your lost pet. They may also be willing to place your lost dog poster on their noticeboard so their pet-loving customers can help if they have any information.

Local Council

You can contact your local council and find out if they have found any dogs recently. They will also have details of local dog shelters and places in your area which give temporary homes to lost dogs.

Social Networks and Facebook

One of the most effective ways to publicise and create awareness amongst the community, family and friends is via social networks and facebook. You can list your lost dog poster and information instantly and notify a large amount of people. In our situation, we had a phone call within a few hours of placing our poster online, advising us on the exact whereabouts of our beloved dog.

Offering a Reward

Offering a reward is recommended but not compulsory. By offering a reward you attract the attention of people who would not initially have been willing to help you with finding your dog in the first place. Either way, your beloved dog is priceless so offering something to the person who helped you is a kind gesture and a great way to show your appreciation.

These are all important things to consider when your dog goes missing. You must do everything you can because losing your beloved dog is like losing a family member.


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