Post and distribute flyers and pictures at vets’ offices, with neighbors, and at local adoption agencies.
Post on all social media pages; various face book groups, craigslist, Instagram.
Post on the Maricopa county Lost & Found website
Check the two local county shelters daily
Check the interactive map on their website
Pets on the loose can be frightened, bored, or exploring when they escape from home.
Always get out into the surrounding neighborhoods and keep an eye out for your pooch!
If you are offering a reward, never give money until you have your pet back in your possession.
Have the pet scanned for a microchip at a vet’s office. There’s usually no charge for this service.
Post "Found dog" flyers in the neighborhood
Post on social media, Maricopa county website & with local vets office
Check for lost dog posts
Provide some identifying marks on the animal so that the owner would recognize their pet, leaving out some details, such as a unusual marking, the color of the collar, etc., that only the owner would know.
BE WARY of people too eager to either claim a pet, or to take in a pet if the owner is not found.
Ask the owner for pictures and vet records of the pet.
Register the dog as a found dog through Maricopa County Website, this is one of the first places owners will look.
Training is a great bonding exercise between you & your family member.
A solid foundation of training is essential for so many reasons. If your dog is well-trained (especially teaching an emergency recall command) you are more likely to be able to stop them as they start to wander away. Additionally, commands like stay or wait can help you keep your dog from taking off in the first place.
Dogs crave companionship and become easily bored if left alone. They may find a weak spot in the fence, jump or climb the fence, or dig out from under the fence. Additionally, a dog left alone can easily be stolen.
Secure your fence and supervise your dog. Do not let your dog run off leash in an unfenced area.
Your dog should wear a collar at all times, and that collar should always have current identification. Unfortunately, too many dogs are picked up by animal control that have no ID. Some of these dogs are never found by their owners. Take the time to find the best collar and ID tag for your dog and keep them on her, just in case. If your dog is found, the ID will help her to be safely returned. Also, make sure to collar fits well so it will not slip off.
Sometimes it can be tempting to let your dog run off-leash. Maybe you are going from the house to the car and just know your dog will follow you. Perhaps you are at an empty park and think your dog will stay.
The truth is that every time your dog is off-leash in an unfenced area you are taking a risk. Even many well-trained dogs can run off. A small animal can evoke the predatory instinct or a loud noise can scare a dog into running away. If your dog gets out of your sight, she might not find her way home. A wandering dog may be injured or even stolen. Using a leash is your best bet at keeping your dog in sight.
Microchips are as small as a grain of rice and are implanted under the skin between your dog's shoulder blades. This is a great way to permanently identify your dog, as the chip can be read by a special scanner. They cannot fall off like collars and last the life of your dog.
If your dog is scanned and a chip is found, it can traced back to you. This not only makes it easier for you to get your lost dog back, it also proves that your dog belongs to you in the event she is stolen. Just make sure to keep your contact information current with the microchip company. Additionally, it is still important to keep a collar with ID on your dog, just in case your dog ends up in a place where no scanner is available.
Contact us if you need help microchipping your dog.
Proper exercise will help the dog not get bored and try to escape the yard. This mixed with everything listed above is a great way to help prevent your family member from getting lost.