These tips are for someone who has lost a dog and refers to the PetFBI flyer. If you did not complete their form, go to PetFBI.org to get your free flyer. There are many tips here. Pick and choose. Do what you can. Don’t be overwhelmed by all these tips. Pick one, do that, then pick another.
WE REALIZE YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DO THESE TIPS AS SUGGESTED BECAUSE OF THE CORONA VIRUS
· Start by downloading the UPDATED copy of your flyer from the link sent to you in our email. We often update your flyer by cleaning up the photo or correcting information at your request. You should check the link emailed from HelpingLostPets to make sure you have the latest version of your flyer.
· We are strongly against your offering a reward. Rewards can encourage people to keep quiet if they see your dog because they want to catch your dog and get the reward. It can encourage people to chase your dog. You want your dog to stay in one location and not be chased away or into traffic. Sometimes people take dogs to get rewards, so you don’t want to encourage that. Rewards are just NOT a good idea! Still, don’t believe us? Here is scientific proof rewards don’t work.
· There will be an option when you download your flyer to print a single flyer on the page or 4 to a page. You will want a few of both.
Take flyers to every business in the area and ask if they will put them in their window, such as fast food places, convenience stores, gas stations, groomers, hair salons, nail salons, any and every business. Take flyers to pizza delivery places and ask that all the drivers be given a couple of flyers and any other delivery businesses. Give flyers to the mail carrier, and any UPS driver you see in the area. Give flyers to the trash collection driver, and newspaper delivery person.
Take the smaller flyers and do driveway drops. A driveway drop is when you put a small flyer in a baggie with a few rocks and toss it on a driveway. No driveway? Attach the flyer to the doorknob with a rubberband.
DO NOT put anything inside a mailbox or attached to a cluster mail box, because that is illegal, and you could be charged First Class postage for every flyer; postage due. Instead, use the newspaper receptacle.
Keep a list of where you are leaving flyers. You may want it if you expand your search later.
· If your dog is chipped, call the microchip company and be sure all your contact information is current and correct. Report your dog as missing. If you don't have your chip number, contact the facility where the chip was implanted. They should be able to give that number to you. PetMicrochipLookUp.org might help you determine how to find and contact your dog’s microchip company.
· Instruct everyone that is helping you to DO NOT call or chase your dog. This will prolong your search. If they see your dog, sit or lie down (no eye contact) and gently toss out tasty treats to lure your dog in.
· Go WALKING, not driving, especially if your dog is small. Walking leaves a scent trail that can help them find their way back home. If you have another dog, take it walking with you to leave a stronger scent.
· Put your DIRTY laundry on the back porch. Your dog does not have to be able to get to it, just smell it. The scent can help them find their way back home. Put out food & water and the dog’s bed on the front porch.
· Even if your dog has a microchip, don't just call, but GO TO the shelters in your area AT LEAST every other day. Ask to see EVERY dog they have including the sick dogs that are sometimes in another area. GO TO the shelter SO OFTEN that every employee there knows your dog's name when you walk in the door. GO TO the shelter so often that every employee there would recognize you in a Walmart 50 miles away and know your dog's name! Many, many, lost dogs end up at shelters. Shelters sometimes get the gender, breed, age, or other details wrong in their online listings, so if the dog looks like your dog, go see the dog.
· Put ads on Craigslist in Lost & Found section and in Pets section every few days. Check those sections daily for a found ad. Also check ads for dogs that need to be rehomed. It is illegal to sell animals on Craig's List, so people get around this by calling it “rehoming” and charging hundreds of dollars.
· DO NOT CALL SOMEONE ON CRAIGSLIST WHO IS SELLING YOUR DOG BEFORE READING THE FOLLOWING.
If you see your dog for sale take a screen shot of the ad and be sure to include the web address of the ad and all the numbers at the bottom of the ad so that it can be traced, in case the ad is removed. DO NOT call that ad yourself. Get someone who can call and NOT be emotional about it, and who can pretend to want to buy the dog. They should ask no questions at all, just want to buy the dog. Do NOT tell them you are the owner. DO NOT go to meet anyone ALONE EVER. Take back up. Notify the police BEFORE you go. BE SAFE!! Sorry to sound like we are giving orders, but too many times we get contacted after the seller has removed the ad because the owner called to ask for the dog back.
· Put a sign in your front yard, like a for sale sign that says LOST DOG!
· Go to Google maps and type in "veterinarians near (your address)" Write down the names and phone numbers of all the vets /clinics in the area. Call them all and ask for an email address where you can send them a flyer. Make a note next to each one of the date you sent the flyer and keep that list. Go back and expand the area and do the same thing again. If your dog is not home in a week or so, send them all the flyer again and make a note of the date again. Keep doing that until your dog is home.