Looking to help your neighborhood’s lost dog or cat find its way home? PetMD raises the question: Is there anything a concerned finder can do to improve his/her chances of making a connection? Might there be a checklist somewhere to help guide the well-meaning pet finder in his/her worthy quest?
Even if you take in a lost pet, how would you be able to help him/her get back to their owner? No need to stress, here are a few tips from PetMD you can consider when returning the lost cat or dog back to their owner.
1. Use a Microchip for Your Dog or Cat
Have the animal scanned for a microchip. If micro-chipped, contact the registered owner. Microchips are a great way to keep track of your pet, no matter where they wind up.
2. Contact Local Authorities
Contact your local animal service to notify them you found a lost pet. E-mail them with the date and location where the animal was found, a complete description (species, gender, sterilization status if known, breed or breed mix if known, color, markings, and approximate age) and your contact information (e-mail and phone number). Request they send a reply acknowledgement.
Make a flyer, including a photo of the lost pet. You might not want to give too much information; you want the caller to be able to provide relevant details to help correctly identify the lost animal.
For more tips on how to help lost pets, visit PetMD.
For more information on lost pets and how to help them via tips listed above, check out Petside’s The Lost is Found: Microchip success story.
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