loosing a pet
News Flash!!! You can now have
your pet microchipped, all shelters in Delaware now have the scanning
capabilities for microchips. If you are not familiar with a microchip
call your veterinarian or contact Delaware Humane in Wilmington
or you local shelter for more information. It is permanent identification.
If you have lost a pet:
simple steps to help recover your pet. Most of all DO NOT GIVE
about the tags your pet was wearing, and call the appropriate
agencies. For example, if your pet was wearing a tag with a shelter
phone number, call that shelter; if your pet was wearing a vaccination
tag, call the veterinarian that inoculated your pet; and call
& Found of Delmarva to notify us about your missing pet so that
I might be alerted if anyone calls who has found your pet.
- Second, call the local
animal shelters. Give the shelter a full description of your
pet. *IMPORTANT - keep calling; call every day to see
if your pet has been picked up. Most shelters do not log every
call and you are likely not to speak to the same person twice.
To be even more assured, go to the animal shelters in person.
Many pets can be mis-described and never identified by the owner
over the phone. Here is a list of the shelters you might try:
Sussex County - (302) 856-6361
Kent County - (302) 734-7029
Stanton Rt. 7
- (302) 998-2281
- Humane Society
of Worcester Co. - (410) 213-0146
- Humane Society
of Wicomico County
5130 Citation Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804
Ph: 410/749-7603 Fax: 410/543-0756
· E-Mail: HSWC
- or go to
the national directory of shelters at www.aspca.org
- Third, prepare a flyer giving only a physical
description of your pet. Do not give the name of the pet (it
may not answer to its name when it is lost and frightened); do
not give any behavioral information (behavior changes dramatically
when a pet is lost); do not give exact location lost (it is not
a question of how far your pet will travel on its own - what
often happens is that people who find a stray take it to their
home quite distance away, and then they either put it out again
or it gets out. Your pet can be anywhere!; also keep in mind
that 40% of pets recovered are lost with a collar and are found
with no collar or a different one.
- If you have a photo of your
pet, try making one copy. If the copy depicts your pet accurately,
then use it. If not, then using it can do more harm than good.
To get the best results have the photo scanned and put
it on a flyer. It will look alot more accurate than a photo copy.
& Found of Delmarva
has this capability, if you would like to have this done for
a nominal fee contact us via e-mail: [ firstname.lastname@example.org
] or phone: [ (302)
436-9471 ]. If you already
have the photo in digital format (.jpg or .pic or .gif file)
you upload the listing directly to Lost & Found of Delmarva.
- Write the word REWARD
on top of the flyer in large print, and your phone number on
the bottom. If you think your pet was stolen, do not indicate
that because the person a stolen pet is most often recovered
from, had nothing to do with theft, and you will scare them off.
DO NOT even say, "no questions asked."
- Make a list, using the yellow
pages of all veterinarians, animal hospitals, pet shops, grooming
shops, and any other facilities listed under pets. Visit each
facility, carry your own roll of masking tape, and ask permission
to hang up a flyer. Whenever possible do not leave it for them
to do. One flyer put up in one veterinary office, will be seen
by 30 to 40 animal owners a day - and it is animal owners that
will take in strays. Lost & Found of Delmarva offers a blast fax service for the
Sussex County, Delaware, Wicomico & Worcester Counties of
Maryland. We will fax a flyer regarding your pet for 50¢
- Other excellent places
to post flyers are
- Convenience stores and gas
- Food stores
- Post offices
- People who you should
give your flyer to:
- Trainers...both dog and horse trainers
may be willing to help.
- Farriers...if your dog is out in the
country with someone, farriers can help to keep open eyes on
farms and ranches that may have dogs not visible from the road.
- Schools...ask the principal of any
area schools if you can give a flyer to each teacher to show
the class. Kids are great at spotting dogs.
- Delivery people and agencies
- Gas and Oil Delivery
- Postal employees (post one in post
office lobbies too, and ask if one can be posted at the time
clocks of the employees)
- UPS offices and delivery employees
- Road crews and construction workers
- As you travel, look for community bulletin board
sin shopping enters, churches, synagogues, or anywhere else that
you can post a notice of general interest. Also put flyers on
the streets at busy intersections. (Be sure to remove these signs
once your pet is found.
- In the morning, go to the location your pet was
lost with a pen and pad. Write down the company name of services
making deliveries at that hour. Some examples are bread, milk
and newspaper delivery services. Call the dispatch offices for
those companies, give them a description of your pet and ask
that they alert their drivers. Most pets recovered while still
on the street, are found during the quiet early morning hours
and then hide when the tempo picks up. If possible, follow up
with a flyer.
- After you have done a through job of
postering, follow up your earlier phone call with a visit
to the municipal shelter for your area. Even if the shelter told
you they do not have any animal fitting the description of yours
right now, or that they well call your if one comes in, or even
that they did not pick up any strays since your pet was lost,
you must visit the facility. If you do not visit the shelter,
you are jeopardizing the life of your pet!!
- Don't be discouraged! If you follow these suggestions
we have given you, there is every reason to believe that your
pet will be recovered. But it often takes time, and almost always
takes hard work. When you do call back, let the Lost & Found
of Delmarva know
that you have read this information.
If you have found a pet:
- Follow the same general
guidelines for a lost pet.
- Call or e-mail Lost & Found
of Delmarva to give
a description of the pet you found. Call the S.P.C.A. and
fill out a "found dog report"
- Realize that SPCA shelters
will put to sleep many stray animals within 10 days if
the animal is not claimed. This window frame of time is even
shorter if the animal is not collared and does not have its vaccination
tags. Delaware shelters kill 15,000-20,000 animals per year.
So don't think they will hold the dog or cat indefinately. For
dogs or cats that might be pure bred I suggest trying this list
of breed rescues that may take the
dog or cat.
How to avoid loosing a pet:
- Make sure your pet has his/her
tags on at all times. If your pet is an escape artist, get him/her
a harness. they have to be Houdini to get out of one of those.
They are comfortable and safe for your pet. It may save their
of all pets that are lost without identification do not
return home. 95% of all pets that are lost with identification
do return home.
- If you move locations, make
sure your pet is well supervised outside during the first 3 months
of relocation. Many pets are strange to the surroundings and
may get confused by the new scents.
- If you are having someone
watch your pet while you are away, and it is not at your home.
Make sure the pet-sitter is extremely careful if the animal is
let outside. The animal is already confused by your absence and
can easily be led astray from strange surroundings.
- Never let your pet run loose
in an area that you are not familiar with.
Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered.
You can save thousands of lives by neutering just one animal.
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