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In years of helping to find lost dogs, (Kelsy and I started in 2008) I have identified at least seventeen ways that these hundreds of dogs have been found. The point is that you want to address as many of these avenues to recovery as possible. If your dog is at the shelter at this moment, a search dog would be less useful than a shelter check. If your dog is hiding in a ravine near your house, and not barking for some reason, then a shelter check won't find him. The more pathways to success you create, the better your chances of finding your dog. If you skip a step, you are gambling that it won’t be the key technique that brings your dog home. Expect to spend eight to twelve hours a day actively taking steps to find your dog. If you absolutely can’t take the time off work, or if you are physically unable to do these tasks, enlist friends and family, or hire someone to do these things for you. If you only hire a search dog, and do none of the other steps, you are severely reducing your odds of success.
Dogs are family, in my house. Dogs have lived with humans for at least 15,000 years, and more than 400 million dogs currently live with or near humans. Dogs also work alongside people, as they have for centuries. My dog Kelsy and I spent four years volunteering for Missing Pet Partnership (MPP), where we specialized in following the scent trails of missing dogs, and then we started Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue in 2012. My dog Komu, who joined our pack in 2010, is trained to find lost cats. If you are reading this, you are only concerned about one dog right now—that member of your family who is missing. Many years ago, I lost my dogs, Porter and Tess, for a short time, and I didn’t quite know what to do. While assisting with hundreds of cases of missing dogs, I have learned what works, what doesn’t work, and what makes things worse. Hopefully, this is the first time your dog has disappeared, and you don’t have much experience with finding lost dogs. My experience with all those searches for missing dogs is available to you here, so you don’t have to start from scratch.
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Be sure you take a picture of your dog with you so that you can show the people who you encounter what your dog looks like. If you don't have a picture of your dog, bring a picture of a dog that looks similar to yours. You can find dog breed pictures online and print them out to take with you. Many people don't know the difference between a Golden Retriever and a Labrador Retriever so it can be a great tool to have a picture and simply ask, "Have you seen a dog that looks like this?" If you don't have a picture of your dog or a similar dog to take with you, try to describe your dog to people as what you guess they would think his breed is. If your dog is not a well-known breed it is actually best to simply describe him as looking like the most common breed of dog that is similar. Your Whippet, for example, should be described as looking like a Greyhound. Don't get caught up in the pride you have for your dog's pure-bred originality and focus on what information you need to reveal to get your dog returned to you.If you absolutely must find your pet another home, remember that your animal has only you to depend on to make sure that he/she lives in a safe and healthy environment. Your loyalty to your pet and willingness to put forth some effort will make it possible for your animal to live a happy and healthy life. Surrender to a public shelter? It is greatly preferable to find your pet a home yourself rather than taking him/her to a shelter. Even the best shelter is stressful for the animal, and you have only one animal to focus on while a shelter may have hundreds. Publicly run animal shelters are already overcrowded and, in many cities, a majority of the pets are not adopted, but instead are euthanized. Even purebred and friendly pets are routinely destroyed at public shelters to make space for new pets coming in. The extent of the overpopulation problem varies from area to area. For a list of shelters and rescues in your area, . Surrender to a rescue or no-kill shelter? There are privately-run shelters and rescue organizations that do not kill pets. But because they keep the pets for as long as it takes to find a new home, they are usually filled to capacity, so it can take weeks to get an appointment. If you do find a "no-kill" organization than might take your animal, offering as big a tax-deductible donation as possible will help. Remember, in the case of private shelters and rescue groups, they are just people who are doing their best because they care about pets, most are volunteers spending significant amounts of their own money to cover vet bills, and they all get far more legitimate hard luck cases than they can possibly handle each day. For a list of shelters and rescues in your area, . Find your pet a new home yourself More than likely, you will need to do the work yourself to find your pet a good home. If you cannot keep the pet in your home, ask friends and family to help, or look for a boarding facility or veterinary office where you can pay to house the pet. Don't house the pet too far away or it will be hard to show him/her to potential adopters. Screen any potential new home If you are considering giving your pet to someone you don't know, you will want to screen them to ensure the match is a good one. Let your pet's personality be a guide for what questions to ask. Is your pet good with cats, dogs, and kids? Does she have any characteristics that warrant a more experienced pet owner?