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Lost Pet Information

Oh, no!  Did Fluffy or Fido give you the slip?!  Below are some tips on how to bring your beloved pet back home safe and sound.

  • call your local animal control office to report your lost pet
  • in the area where your pet ran away, put up attention-grabbing posters with a photo of your pet and your contact information
  • Take an article of clothing that belongs to one of your family members that has been worn at least all day, the longer the better, so the lost pet can pick up the scent.  Bring the clothing to the location where the pet was seen last and leave it there.  Also, if the pet has a crate he/she likes and/or familiar toy, those can be placed with the clothing (unless location is undesirable for a crate).  A note can be left with the item(s) stating that they should not be moved to help find the lost pet (be sure to include your contact information and/or one of those handy “Lost Pet” posters you’ve created).  Leave a bowl of water there too (if the weather is not freezing), as the pet may have not had any access to any.  Do not bring food to the site, as this could attract other animals that the pet might avoid.  Come back the next day or check intermittently if possible.  Hopefully, the dog will be there waiting!
  • notify LPC, be sure to include one of those posters with your pet’s photo; we’ll be able to post the flier in our lobby for other people to see
  • post a photo and contact info on these websites to spread the word:

facebook’s Lost Dogs – MN page OR Lost Cats – MN page
http://lostdogsmn.com/
http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/services/lostorfoundpets/lost

 

Even though it may be after-the-fact or if you just want to take precautions because your little pup or kitty is sneaky, here are a few suggested preventative measures you can take to keep your pet(s) safe at home:

  • microchip your pet(s) and keeping your information up-to-date.  LPC offers HomeAgain microchipping for a reasonable price; give us a call to schedule a microchip appointment or get more information!  http://public.homeagain.com/
  • always keep a collar with info tags on your pets (the tag should at least have your pet’s name and a current phone number)
  • training in a positive manner can teach your dog (and/or even your cat) to come when called or be calm on command
  • during times of greater risk (like moving, multiple guests coming/going, delivery people entering/exiting, etc), be sure to kennel and/or confine your pet in a safe, escape-proof room