LOST & FOUND
What to do if your pet is lost:
local "Lost & Found" agency or pet registry for assistance.
|In the first 72
hours, conduct foot or bicycle searches in the AM and PM hours and / or during the pet's
regular feeding times. Conduct at least two daytime & two nighttime searches.
cats may be hiding hearby; they don't usually wander far away. Unfrightened dogs range
farther. In any case, walk in your neighborhood calling for your pet.
|Take your pet's
favorite toy and edible treat; take a collar & leash for dogs and a pillowcase for
cats; do this each time you conduct your search.
posters throughout the neighborhood and community within 72 hours. Post them and
distribute them door-to-door. Use a photo on the poster if you have one.
(You will need at least 100 in urban areas; 200 for rural areas.)
|Place an ad in
a daily, area-wide newspaper with a lost & found classified section. Also consider an
ad in a free community, specialty newspaper.
radio station program managers to see if they will announce a message about your pet's
Visit each humane society and animal shelter in your community; contact animal control authorities, veterinarian hospitals & clinics, and police departments..
What to do if you find a lost pet:
call 205-969-2241 or 800-993-4404 to list a description of the pet with Alabama Pet
|Call all area
veterinarian hospitals and animal shelters within a 5-mile radius to report the pet as
found and to see if the owner has already reported it missing.
fliers in the community, one-half mile all around for cats and one mile around for dogs;
list the type pet (cat, dog, etc.) breed (if known), age, sex, size (weight or small,
medium, large), and color(s), and where and when the pet was found. Post fliers to utility
poles at hearest intersections and grocery stores.
"Found" pet ads in daily and / or weekly newspapers. (Locally, try the The
Birmingham News and The Thrifty Nickel.
|When / if
claims of ownership are made, make sure owners have described their pet satisfactorily and
that they can produce proof of ownership. In Alabama, contact Alabama Pet Registry for
assistance if necessary.
Alabama Pet Registry