If your dog has ran away from home there is a good chance your pet has not made it too far away. Search your immediate area and gradually expand outwards. If possible ask friends and family members to help with the initial search. Do not hesitate to ask your acquaintances or your neighbors for their help in the search. If they are unwilling to help you, ask them if they can contact to if they happen to see your lost dog.

If you have recently moved in, your lost dog does not yet know the limits of their surroundings. In their eagerness to explore their surroundings your dog can end up lost. It is possible that your dog can return to where it was originally lost. If possible leave an object with your scent and come regularly. Dog’s have an amazing sense of smell and that could be use in your search for your lost dog. If you are lucky, your dog could be lingering by the object your placed. Also if you are able, try to leave him food and water with the object.


Create fliers and posters with the picture of your pet and your phone number. If you lost dog is chipped, be sure to explicitly state in the flier or poster that your dog has been chipped. Ensure that your contact information on the microchip is up to date!

Place the fliers and posters wherever and everywhere you can in your neighborhood. Try to put up fliers close to schools in your neighborhood. Children tend to be more aware of lost dogs and cats than adults.


Here are some places, organizations and people who could help you in your effort to find your lost dog:

  • Vets and Veterinarian Clinics: these are the best places to check regularly; especially if your lost dog is chipped because the veterinarian can scan the chip to retrieve the contact information from the chip. As stated in the previous step, its crucial to always have your contact information up to date
  • Animal Control Service, animal shelters and animal welfare associations.
  • Convenience Stores: Convenience stores can be a solid source of information since there is a steady flow of people coming and in out. It is likely that someone could have seen your lost dog. Also ask the staff of the convenience stores if you can put up posters!
  • Postal Worker, Landscaper, Pool Cleaner: It is possible that these workers could have some information on your lost dog since they tend to work outdoors. Be sure to ask them if they have seen your pet and if they can contact you if they happen to find your lost dog.



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