Protocols for Finding a Lost Pet

Protocols for Finding a Lost Pet

Whether your pet managed to get out the front door, the yard fence was open, or whatever the reason, a runaway pet can soon become a lost pet. Where do you start? What do you do? Who do you call? Here is what you can do to hopefully bring your pet safe and sound.

At Home

  • Before you start combing the neighborhood, check the rooms of your home, underneath furniture or tables closets, garage, yard, or any outside buildings on your property.
  • Make sure you close off any of the rooms to prevent them from moving from room to room.
  • Do NOT leave food out or outside the home.
    • You can leave water, but avoid putting food out as your pet has less of a reason to come to you.

Have Photos and Information Ready

  • Having as many multiple angles and current photos of your pet, particularly if your pet has any unique markings or traits.
  • Where Pet was lost, last seen and/or what direction it ran off too.
    • Update this Information with any leads and sightings.
  • Consider offering a Cash Reward.
  • Use this Pet Identification Flier, it can be used on Social Media or as a paper Flier:

Who to Inform and Where to Share Fliers

  • Animal Services
    • Orange County Animal Services: (407) 836-3111 or 311
  • Community Boards
  • Local Businesses and Dog Parks
  • Social Media
    • In this day and age chances are VERY good that your Community has or is on:
      • Facebook Group or Page
        • You can post the information on fliers and Social Media.
        • Make sure on Social Media that your post is “SHARAEABLE”
      • Nextdoor
        • Nextdoor also allows you to have access to communities and neighborhoods that surround yours.
  • Your Neighbors/Subdivision/HOA
    • You Can post Fliers at the Entry Points of the Neighborhood and Parks.
      • If possible print the poster on colorful paper or brightly colored fonts.
      • Wrap or cover your posters in aplastic so they don’t disintegrate and fall to the ground if they become wet.
  • Your Personal Veterinarian and Local Veterinarians Nearby
  • Non-Emergency Services
    • Police Department
      • Orange County: (407)-254-700
      • Winter Garden: (407)-656-3636
      • Windermere: (407) 905-6333

Additional Websites and Facebook Pages

Visit the Shelters and Check-In with Rescue groups

File a lost pet report with every shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible.

Orange County Animal Services
2769 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32839

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