Loss Prevention & Tips for Getting Your Family Friend Back
1. Spay or neuter your pet! Virginia law requires all adoptions from shelters and rescue organizations to ensure pets are spayed/neutered. There are also many resources online to help you find low cost spay/neuter clinics in your area. Animals that are "intact" are much more likely to roam and try to escape.
2. ALL pets should wear a collar with ID and rabies tags. Ask your vet or local shelter which collars are safest and least likely to come off.
3. Microchipping your pet. It's inexpensive and pets that are microchipped have a much greater chance of being returned to their owner. Ask your vet or local shelter about microchipping.
If You Lose Your Pet
1. Call all your local veterinarians and shelters to report the missing animal. Include your surrounding counties. Give a full description of the animal, including name, breed, age, size, coloring, whether the animal is spayed/neutered, type of collar and ID, and temperament (friendly, timid, etc.)
2. Hang posters up around where the animal was lost. The posters should be big, basic and bold. You can make more detailed flyers that include a photo and good description of the animal to hand out, but your main focus should be very plain bold posters in large print that are readable from a distance. Including a reward is always a good idea. On the right is a good poster example.
3. Facebook: Most areas have a lost & found page on which you can post. You can also post on other local town pages or create your own page.
Lost & Found Dogs-Virginia https://www.facebook.com/LostFoundDogs.VA
Virginia Cat Search https://www.facebook.com/pages/Virginia-Cat-Search
Virginia Lost & Found Cats https://www.facebook.com/Va.Lost.Found.Cats
4. There's a very good service called findtoto.com that has a great success rate. For a basic fee, their automated system will call your neighbors with a recorded message about your lost pet. They can call thousands of neighbors within minutes. If they don’t reach a live person, they try back or leave a message.
5. Dogs Finding Dogs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of highly trained handlers and dogs that can track and find a lost pet. Dogs Finding Dogs is a group of Canine Search Teams with years of experience in multi-surface tracking of people and animals. MD * DC * VA * PA *DE