Every year dogs go missing. They vanish from their homes. They are taken from outside stores or removed from cars. This happens for any number of reasons. Sometimes, a person simply wants to own your dog. More commonly, a purebred is stolen for breeding purposes. Your cherished dog could end up in a puppy mill or, worse, being used as dog bait for dog fights. Even animal rights groups are guilty of “liberating” adored and well-cared-for canines.
Well preventive measures are best for ending or reducing this problem, there are certain steps you should undertake if your dog is stolen.
• Contact the local police authorities immediately. Do not hesitate. Make sure they know your pet is gone. Under the laws of most countries, your dog is classified as property. You have the duty to file a stolen-property report. They have the duty to try to find your missing property. Make sure you are calm. Insist they take your concern seriously.
• Notify all the shelters and the various animal control offices in the immediate are. After they are made aware of the situation, inform all such facilities within a larger circumference. Extend it to anywhere from a 50 to a 100-mile radius.
• In the process of notifying the shelters, establish a good relationship with the personnel. If you can do so, visit each one. Set up a rotating schedule. Check their website regularly. Phone periodically. Be insistent but do not make unreasonable demands. These institutions have a lot on their plate. Many care, but are both overworked and underfunded.
• If your animal is a purebred, get in touch with the state and national organizations. Contact the clubs and see what they can do to help you. If nothing else, it may prevent a similar loss.
• Absolutely blanket your neighborhood and the surrounding communities with flyers. Make sure they are clear and precise. They should contain a physical description in addition to a current picture. Offer a reward for any pertinent information leading to your dog’s return.
• Place the flyers on poles and at crosswalks. Post them in high traffic areas. Place them in retail stores and nearby schools. See if you can hang them in police and fire stations, veterinarian offices, shelters, pet stores and grooming facilities. Always ask first. Inform any person of your loss. They may prove to have some other supportive suggestions.
• See if you can provide flyers or at least relate whom you are looking for to anyone who has a route. This includes postal workers, sanitation employees, couriers and paper boys or girls.
• Spread the word and post information at local puppy parks.
• Pass on what has happened to friends and other fellow dog owners.
• Place your canine’s picture and pertinent information on any of several lost-dog websites.
• If you can and the media is co-operative, call, write, and visit your local newspaper, television station and radio.
• Place an ad in the paper.
These tips may help you become reunited with your faithful pet. During the process, be sure to watch out for scanners. Some individuals take advantage of your vulnerability at this time. Be on your guard. Take care to sift the useful items from both the well-intentioned ones and those false hopes offered by scam artists.