Is your pet missing?
Please act QUICKLY and follow the steps below. After you have read through the steps, please submit your pet's information in the form below. Having information about your missing pet will help us know if your pet is brought into Appalachian Animal Rescue Center.
- It’s vitally important that you contact and visit all area shelters, to include surrounding Counties, to look for your missing pet, because animals can wander far from home, or be picked up by a concerned citizen from another community who is visiting or working in your community. If you don’t find your pet at a particular shelter, be sure to check back daily and don't give up, keep looking.
- It’s necessary for you to personally look for your pet, because the description you give over the phone may not be the same as another person would provide for that same animal. (For example: you might refer to your pet as a boxer mix while someone else might recognize it as a Labrador mix)
- A current color photo is one of the most beneficial tools to help locate your missing pet. When visiting shelter's make sure you have a full color up to date photo of your pet.
- If you have registered your pet by an ID Tag or Microchip, contact the registering agency and alert them that your pet is missing. Be sure your contact information is up to date. If you know your pet's microchip number (your Veterinarian may have this) you may look your pet's microchip record up here: http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org. However, do not assume the ID Tag will remain on the pet until it is found, or that just because your missing pet has a microchip that you can be located.
- Notify friends, neighbors and even local businesses in your neighborhood and/or the area where your pet went missing. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and other community blogs can prove helpful in the search as well.
- Contact veterinary practices, groomers and pet supply stores in the area. They may have a Lost and Found bulletin board in their businesses and finders of lost pets frequently inquire here looking for an owner.
- Post flyers in your neighborhood and/or the area where you lost your pet, as well as, nearby high traffic locations like schools, drug stores, gas stations and grocery stores. Include a photo of your pet and a cell phone number so you can be reached immediately, especially while you are out searching for your pet. Here is a helpful link to make a lost pet flyer: http://www.petbond.com/flyerentry.php.
- Look for your pet in the area where he or she went missing as well as near your home. The quiet early morning hours are a good time to search for your pet. If a neighbor's dog is barking during the search politely ask them to keep the dog inside while you look for your missing pet.
- Oftentimes cats are not faraway and are found in small crawl spaces under sheds, garages and under or in places you may not think to look. Get low to the ground and get your missing pet's perspective, to help you locate those difficult to find hiding spots.