In the immediate aftermath of discovering your pet is missing, you will need to get searching, checking out the local area and the region in which your pet went missing is crucial It is important to conduct your search as soon as possible and in the most productive way possible. The first thing to do is make sure that if your pet comes home on their own by choice, they are able to get back in. If your pet cannot get back into the house on their own, make sure someone is there to keep a lookout for them. Return home or check in regularly to see if your cat or dog has returned. On one hand, cats are curious creatures and can often sleep in unusual places make sure you have searched thoroughly around your home and garden first before panicking.
Be prepared for your search. Ask yourself these important questions, ff you do find your pet, are you equipped to take them home? Do you have a leash or cage for carrying? Be sure not to involve too many people in the search if your pet is nervous. If your pet is wary of strangers or actively avoids contact with people they do not know, having a group of strangers running about, calling their name is likely to frighten them off rather than encourage them to come out. If you do have people to help, ask them to keep noise to a minimum and be on the lookout for potential signs of your pet’s presence in order to alert you. Knock on doors and ask people if they can check their garages, sheds, our any structures I which your pet might have wandered into and inadvertently become trapped within.
Call to your pet regularly and give them the chance to respond. Stop and listen clearly for any reply from your pet before moving on. Constantly calling their name will drown out any sounds they might be making in reply. Maybe try shaking a box of their favorite food or treats. It is important to have a plan. Work out the areas you wish to cover, and a logical pattern for covering them. If searching by vehicle, remember to stop regularly, get out and look and listen.
Get posters printed out and post them generously in any area you suspect your pet might be and pass them out to other pet owners that you see. Make sure to give a few posters to the local animal shelters and rescues as well. Making a post on any social media platform can be beneficial as there may be pages and groups dedicated to finding lost pets. Contacting your local vet in case you pet is injured can be helpful as they may have been taken there to receive treatment. If your pet is missing, let your microchip database know as soon as possible so they can put a note on your pet’s record for when they are found. Have you moved recently, or possibly even months or years back? Pets seem to have a unique homing instinct for their previous address, even after settling into a new home or environment. Check out your old address and ask your old neighbors to keep an eye out.
Getting help if your pet is gone for more than a couple of days if your pet has not returned home or you cannot find them within a couple of days, you will need to widen your search. Besides physically searching for your pet on a daily basis, you should also search many different times of day as possible, you can also follow up again with any of the organizations you called in the first instance, such as the vet or any local animal shelters. If your pet is insured, contact your insurance company. They can often offer practical and financial support with finding your pet. It may be a trying time when your pet goes missing, but with persistence, luck, and a calm mind, hopefully your furry friend will be back safe and sound in no time.