- Visit your local animal shelter every day and ask to see the animals in processing, as well as in the kennels. Do not call and ask about a pet. Chances are the staff working the phones have no idea what has been brought in and they will not walk the kennels to look. In addition, the shelter may identify the pet as a different breed from what you refer to it as. No one can identify a pet like it's owner.
- If you have found a pet, take it to the nearest Veterinarian to have it scanned for a microchip.
- Print flyers and post them in the area where the pet was lost (if your local law allows). Make sure to include a photo of your pet and phone number where they can reach you.
- Search your neighborhood thoroughly and often. Ask neighbors if they have seen your pet.
- Put an ad in your local newspaper. Most publications offer Lost & Found Pet ads for free, or at a reduced cost.
- Contact local rescue organizations to see if someone has turned your pet in to them.
- Make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing a collar with tags containing current contact information!