Social media is a great way to get the message out about your lost dog but it is only part of the equation. Hitting the ground and getting out to spread the word to the community is vital: Going door to door w/flyers; knocking on doors and talking to people; posting intersection signs (like yard sale signs); tagging your car; notifying and sending flyers to vet clinics, shelters, rescues, Animal Control Facilities, police; placing ads in newspapers and Craigs List. Remember, you are your dog’s advocate, he/she is depending on you!
Lost dog searchers need to tackle the job of putting up flyers and posters as quickly as possible when a dog goes missing. The more people that are aware you are looking for your lost pet, the better the chances of finding that lost pet. Knock on doors, talk to people- they may provide critical leads.
The leaves are changing and the fields are being harvested. If you have a missing pet this is a good time to reenergize the search. Wandering dogs who may have been hiding out in areas of heavy ground cover, or cornstalks will be more easily spotted. This is a good time to let everyone in the area know you are still searching. Reflyer and revisit, also update your Craigs list notice.
One of the most important things you can do to keep a lost dog in an area is to put out food. No bowl required. Stock up at the grocery store on the little pull top plastic containers of wet dog or cat food. They are inexpensive and easy to carry in your pocket. Beef is usually best. Chicken or fish may attract more cats and raccoons. Don’t use dry dog or cat food. It doesn’t have enough odor to attract the dog.
When there is a sighting of your dog – immediately go to the location and put down one container of food. Don’t call the dog or approach it. Leave the area and check the container in a few hours or the next day. If the food is gone, this is a good location for a trail camera and a trap. A steady source of small amounts of tasty food will keep a lost dog in one location, making him much easier to catch.