Consider attaching a laminated poster on your vehicle with double sided tape.
PLACE FLYERS at all local businesses that will allow!
PLEASE answer all phone calls and INVESTIGATE all reported sightings. (Some people do not like to leave messages)
Keep a JOURNAL record all sightings include the person's name and phone number in case you need to contact them again.
ADVERTISE your lost pet: place a picture or best description, location lost and your best contact information on all possible social and media venues available. Newspapers, Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter etc. If you live in Volusia County and have a Facebook account post your dog on these pages as soon as possible:
ONCE YOUR FAMILY MEMBER IS HOME...
Your dog will most likely want to eat a lot
PLEASE DO NOT LET THEM!
Feed only small portions in intervals each hour and have your dog examined by a Veterinarian as soon as possible to make certain your dog is not suffering from dehydration, parasitic infections, bacterial infections or possible consumption of a foreign object.
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Call Veterinarians, Animal Emergency Hospitals, Rescue Organizations and pet related businesses within a 25-mile radius of the immediate area your dog went missing advising them of your lost dog. If possible provide each with a flyer by means of email, internet contact, fax, USPS or in person.
Call authorities responsible for deceased animal removal from roadways every other day. (This information can be obtained by calling Animal Control or Animal Shelters within your area.)
Consider using EVERY DOOR DIRECT MAIL a service provided by the U.S. Postal Service, designed to send mail directly to specific areas or locations, reaching every home in the area chosen.
Watch social media websites for “For Sale” posts consistently to make certain your pet is not being sold.
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When making posters, flyers or postings…keep 1 obvious identifier out of the information. When someone calls claiming to have your pet, ask questions pertaining to that particular identifier so you will know for sure it is your pet.
NEVER wire money to someone claiming to have your pet unless you are absolutely positive and have absolute proof they have your pet and it is not a scam.
Always have someone accompany you when meeting a stranger to pick up your pet and try to meet in a very public location.
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First Private Investigation agency in Florida specializing exclusively in reuniting lost cats and dogs with their loved ones
Please remember to take care of yourself!
Try to rest, think encouraging thoughts and regroup when needed. Jeopardizing your health will not help you or your pet!
Go DOOR TO DOOR: Visit each neighbor and business within a 5 block radius of the area your dog went missing. Provide each person your pet's flyer containing a really good color picture and the best contact number to reach you. If you do not find your dog or receive sighting information within 3 days expand radius outwards. Also provide a flyer to all Postal Carriers, Delivery personnel, garbage collectors and contractors working in the area. Please note: it is a Federal offense to place items in someone's mailbox.
IMMEDIATELY, look thoroughly within the neighborhood or area where your dog went missing.
Place food, water and an article of clothing containing the scent of the person most bonded with your dog close to the area last seen and areas of reported sightings.
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If your pet has a MICRO-CHIP, call the manufacturer to make certain your contact information is correct.
PHYSICALLY go to and walk throughout all Animal Shelters in your area. (Animal shelters in Volusia County have a stray hold policy of only 72 hours, after this 72 hour hold the animal becomes the property of the shelter allowing the animal to be adopted, transferred into a Rescue Organization or euthanized.) Ask your local animal shelter what their stray hold policy is and physically check the shelter accordingly. PLEASE, DO NOT rely on only calling the shelter or expect shelter staff to know whether your pet is located at the facility or not, most shelter staff answering phones are not aware of every animal located within the shelter at any given time and database information on incoming animals could be incorrect when running a data search.
CALL your local Animal Control agency to file a lost pet report.
POSTER-POSTER-POSTER: Place posters in the immediate area your dog went missing and work outwards. Place posters at all intersections, stop signs, entrances and exits of neighborhoods near the area your dog went missing. A small dog can easily travel 3 mph, if your dog is running or a larger breed they go travel further quicker. Keep this in mind while placing posters. Expand poster placement if there are no reported sightings within 3 days. Immediately place posters in areas of reported sightings.
Use the best available picture of your pet, crop picture to show ONLY your pet.
Limit the information you place on the Poster/flyer: “REWARD” if offering a reward. “LOST (Breed)",
Make your pets picture as BIG as possible and place your best contact number.
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