FIVE THINGS TO DO IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR DOG
- Immediately put out food, water, and your dog’s bed or an article of your clothing at the location where your dog was last seen. There is a good chance that your dog may return.
- Get the word out by using flyers and signs (like yard sales signs) with a picture of your dog and your phone number. Go door-to-door with your fliers in the neighborhood where your dog was last seen.
- Contact Wakulla Animal Services at (850) 926-0902 and your local vet to report your dog missing. Email then a photo of your dog and your contact information. They may ask your permission to post on Facebook. Also, contact the microchip company if your dog has a microchip, and report your dog as lost.
- Instruct everyone who is not helping you to NOT call or chase your dog. This will prolong your search. If they see your dog, tell them to sit or lay down (no eye contact) and gently toss out tasty treats to lure your dog in.
- Post your dog on your local lost and found section of Craigslist, and other lost and found Internet/Facebook sites.
FIVE THINGS TO DO IF YOU HAVE FOUND A DOG
- Check for a license or ID tag. Ask around your neighborhood in case the dog lives nearby.
- Take the dog to the nearest veterinarian to have the dog scanned for a microchip and checked for a tattoo.
- Notify Wakulla Animal Services at (850) 926-0902 to complete a found dog report or bring the dog to them if you are unable to keep the dog while searching for his/her owner.
- Create “found dog” fliers and post them around the neighborhood and at animal service businesses.
- Post the dog on your local lost and found section of Craigslist, and other lost and found Internet/Facebook sites.
Information provided by Lost Dogs of America