How to Find Your Lost Dog
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This site will help you
understand why and where they went and how to find them
Normally, pets run away from acute boredom or loneliness, to answer
sexual urges if they have not been neutered, in response to sudden and
unexpected events that frighten them, out of curiosity if doors, windows
or gates are left open, or if they are new to a home and are looking for
their former surroundings.
How far they run is just a function of how far their legs will carry
them. Big strong dogs, especially young ones, can run 5 miles or more.
Small dogs may be able to go half a mile at most. Most dogs are recovered
well within a two-mile circle of their home, especially because they
normally will never run for an extended length in a straight line no
matter how strong or fast they are.
If it is an outgoing dog, it will be looking for other dogs and for
other humans who are friendly and likely to comfort, feed and shelter it.
Neighbors' yards and public parks are spots it will like. If it is a shy
or older pet and not trusting of strangers, it will hide. Bushes and under
cars are good spots.
Most likely, your pet will have tried to return home, but it will have
failed. In a certain minority of cases, the dog has been in harm's way. A
car or a predator will have gotten to it. Odds are much greater that
someone has seen your pet and taken it in..
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Lost Dogs in Ocean County,N.J.
or Lost Dogs in the State of New Jersey
"We are not Animal
Control and occasionally we do
come across stray dogs but we do not have the facilities or money
to care for them. If you have a stray in your possession
we can advise you what to do. If you spot a stray and feel
it is in danger call us ASAP but If you just want to report a
loose dog please
call your local Animal Control Agent or your local police
and they will direct you to the proper
steps to take
to find your lost dog:
- * Check the immediate surroundings first,
such as your yard and neighboring yards.
- * Contact your local Police and
Animal Control, post your flyers at every dog friendly place
you can think of including veterinarian offices, local dog parks, Pet Smart, Petco,
supermarkets, Post Offices, Wa Wa's, Quick Check ETC. and let them know your situation
- * Enlist your friends and neighbors in the
search. The more people searching for your pet the better.
- * If your dog likes car rides, drive around
your neighborhood calling the dog's name, hoping that he
will run from where he is and jump into the car. Just be
sure that you don't call your dog into incoming traffic.
- * Tell everyone you see you are looking for
your dog and to induce the dog to enter an open garage or
fenced backyard. Give everyone your dog's poster.
- * Sometimes it's best to pursue the dog by
foot because you can go between homes and take unpredictable
routes...just as your dog is likely to have done. Again,
alert people as you go.
- * In a survival mode your dog may seek
shelter at night and forage for food early in the morning
and travel in daylight so It is wise to search around
day-break and while the sun is out.
- * If you spot your dog, DO NOT CHASE
HIM! your dog may be in a state of shock, he may not
recognize you at first and think you are trying to harm him
and will run from you, and you will never outrun a dog. The
best chance for you to safely get his attention is to drop
to the ground and call your dog. If you and your dog took
obedience classes and he responds to "sit/stay!",
you have the added advantage of potentially stopping his
escape because he remembers his training.
Tips for Finding a Lost or Missing Dog
#1 Search the Neighborhood
If your dog is lost in his own
neighborhood, ask family, friends, and neighbors to help scour the
streets. Call the dog's name and listen very carefully. If your
dog is locked in a garage, garden shed, or entangled in foliage,
he may be barking his location. After calling his name, stop and
listen for his response.
#2 Post Lost Dog Signs
Put one in front of your house and then get out and staple them to telephone poles. Ask
permission to post them at veterinary hospitals, pet supply shops,
grocery stores, grooming salons, doggie daycare centers, churches,
and community centers. Post them at parks where dogs and their
owners congregate. The signs should include a recent photo of your
dog along with the date and vicinity that he went missing, and
offer a reward if you wish. Police suggest avoiding contact from
unscrupulous individuals by refraining from including your full
name and street address, especially if you are offering a reward.
Download Free Lost Dog flyer
With Tear off or Free Color Lost
Dog Flyer Do not give out all the info you
have Example: if your dog has a distinguishing feature like a mole
Do Not put that in your posting. If someone calls and says
they have your dog ask them to describe him to make sure its not a
scam. if your pet has no distinguishing features but had a red
collar on when leave that color of the collar out of your flyer
and ask the caller what color was his collar. Leave a reach number
that if someone spots your dog you can respond immediately, acting
quickly is imperative in retrieving your pet
#2a While searching
information on your vehicle window, special markers can be
washed off with soap and water and will bring attention to
Place a Poster
in the front of your house so
if someone in the neighborhood finds your lost pet they will
know where to return them
#3 Collar Tags & Microchips May Not Bring Your
Contact local Police and Animal
Control. Phone animal shelters, check their websites, and visit in
person. Don't assume that your dog's collar tags or microchip
identification will automatically assure his ticket home. Collars
and tags can be lost, microchip scanners may be malfunctioning,
and administrative errors can occur.
Offer a Reward
If someone does find your dog, with
or without ID there is a chance that they will keep them or give
them or sell them to someone they know who is looking for a dog. A
reward will interest the monetary side of them. A dogs value has
gone up drastically over the years and for people who put a value
on money more then animals, this is a quick way to make some easy
money especially if your pet is a pure breed. Don't put the amount
of reward on your flyer, if some one has your dog this may peak
their interest enough to call you. please read about scams
in the "Beware of Scams" section below
#5 Call Local Police, Shelters
and Animal Control
#6 Use pet-friendly
resources to spread the word about your lost pet.
There are plenty of resources out
there that specialize in reuniting lost or missing pets with their
families. Try the following some are free:
dog is recovered PLEASE REMOVE or UPDATE
your lost pet posting*