Losing a pet is a heart-wrenching experience. Tips for finding a lost dog include: 

Ensure Microchip is Registered and Up to Date

If your dog is microchipped, the first step is to ensure the microchip has been registered and the contact information is up to date.  If you have not activated the microchip, your contact information will not be stored in the microchip registry, rendering your dog’s microchip useless.  

Post Flyers

Create flyers of your pet to post around town and in visible areas, such as veterinarian’s offices and pet stores.  Include high-quality pictures of your dog as well as a thorough description.  Don’t forget to include your contact information!

Post in Social Media Groups

Search for lost pet groups in your town or region and post as many photos as possible. Be sure to include whether your dog is microchipped to make a reunion easier as some finders require proof of ownership, which a microchip registry can provide. 

Contact Veterinarians, Rescues, and Shelters

Contact all veterinarians, rescues, and shelters within a 50-mile radius and provide a description of your pet. If you have your pet’s microchip number handy you can provide this information to save them time searching through the microchip registry database if your pet is found.  

Go Door to Door

Finally, knock on doors and ask your neighbors if they have seen your pet.  Sometimes a well-intentioned neighbor brings a lost dog inside not knowing they have a loving home.