Lost an animal?
Make sure your pet has identification tags on it at all times. They should also be microchipped for additional security. All information should be up-to-date.
Put up as many “Lost” posters as you can, in the area your animal was lost and beyond. Dogs especially can travel miles from home. Notify all public and private shelters as well as any veterinary clinics in your area. Your flyers should be clear, concise, and have your contact information. Post ads online. The more people see your information, the better of a chance you have of finding your lost animal.
Found an animal?
Always assume any found animal is lost, not stray. Even if an animal is underweight and dirty, there’s always a chance that they are a beloved pet that has been lost for some time. Check for identification like a tag, tattoo, or microchip. Any vet office should be willing to scan for a microchip for free.
Legally, you should notify your area animal shelter and provide them with a description of the found animal. The shelter can require you turn the animal over to them if you have it with you. Any pet owner looking for their lost pet will most likely check with area shelters first so you should provide a description to the shelter.
A good idea is to post flyers around the area you found the animal. You should also post online on craigslist and other classified ad boards. On flyers and online, you should post a general description of the animal, location, date and time of discovery. When people contact you, they should be able to describe the animal and provide proof of ownership.