During the holiday season we get an uptick of listings for pets lost while traveling with their families.  To be safe and to help your dog get back to you quicker please try these easy tips:

  • Have proper identification on your pet.  A new collar with a new name tag that lists your cell phone number on it is key.
  • Verify that your microchip registration is up to date and readable.  Its as easy as having checked at your Vet. If not updated, be sure to update it.  Again, use your cell phone as the point of contact.  If not chipped, what are you waiting for?
  • Have your vet records with you.  You don’t want your pet to have to get vaccinations again if picked up by the shelter.
  • When you arrive at your new destination with your dog, walk your dog around the perimeter while on a leash so that they can have familiarity with the area you are visiting.  Knowing where he/she is can help them from being spooked.

Again, enjoy your travels, but be sure that you pack for your pet as you would pack for your self!  If leaving your pet home with a sitter, put in fresh batteries if you have an electric fence and make sure your pet has proper id.

As always, check out our listings and tips on http://www.lostandfoundhound.com

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Found Dog Lexington, SC

July 27, 2013

 

 

It is always so warming when I receive a call from a family that has found a dog and they are genuinely concerned.  I usually ask all the same questions, does the dog look fed?  Did you take to a vet to check for a microchip?  Did you call local vets?  And the answers are always a resounding yes.  Last week a gentleman in Durham, NC found a dog that he ended up keeping after spending $300 at the vet on vaccinations and deworming.  Yesterday I had a conversation with a couple in their sixties who found a brindle boxer.  They did all the things they should do in looking for an owner.  It just warmed my heart that they were not going to give that dog to anyone responded, saying that they required pictures and a copy of vet bills/records.  How refreshing as they really had bonded and cared for this pet and wanted the best for it.  Given that the dog had fresh clipped nails and is well trained, would tell me that someone is looking for it.  How as a site, does lostandfoundhound.com get our name out there to make sure we are hitting more people?  We are not a company that makes money, nor do we market so it is really our passing our name along and people generating word of mouth that will help us reunite lost pets.  

In the event that you have lost or found a pet such as a dog, cat or even another pet; be sure to use our site and pass the name along.  To the family in Lexington, SC, your found pet is so lucky to have walked into your lives and I hope his family finds him.  

Halloween is a fun time for the family.  Your family pet may not be feeling the same excitement as the kids.  Following are some tips to keep your pet safe during this Halloween.

  1. Your kids may come home with various types of candy.  Have a safe place out of the dogs reach for the candy as the sugar and CHOCOLATE are unsafe for your pet.  Also keep your bowl of treats for the trick or treaters out of your pets reach.   Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
  2. Constant ringing door bells may scare your pet.  If they are crate trained, let them relax in their crate because the crate gives them a sense of safety and security.
  3. If your dog must greet all trick-or-treaters at the door, make sure that they have proper identification on them including a name tag with a current phone number.  Also make sure that their microchip is registered.
  4. Costumes can be cute, but be sure that there are no parts of the costume that can be chewed off and eaten.
  5. If you have a black cat, make sure your cat is secure in your house.  Halloween does attract some sick people and a black cat may be subject to cruelty on this night.
  6. Keep your pet inside.
  7. Keep all candles and glow sticks out of reach of your pet.  If your child has a glow stick, explain safety and that they should not be given to the dog or cat.  The inside is non-toxic, but tastes bad and may make your pet salivate. If you want to light up your pumpkin, KMart or Target sell pumpkin lights that are more fun and much safer than candles.  Kittens especially are subject to burns.

Enjoy Halloween, but use some of these tips to keep your pets safe.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Thats right, 7500 pet listings later we can boast that we have had a web presence for one year!  I am thrilled to say that we have been instrumental in helping reunite lost pets with their homes.  It is a warm feeling to know that our tips along with the poster on the site have been helpful and a source of comfort for those searching for their loved ones.  Whether it is a lost dog, lost cat or even a lost or found bird, we have been there.

If you have stumbled upon this page in the search of your pet, please know that you are not alone and there are a number of people out there willing to help.  Use the tips on our site as well as those on missing pet partnership and follow up daily.  Keep us informed as we want to know your progress too.

Thank you for your faith in lostandfoundhound.  We appreciate the trust you have instilled in us.

 

Spencer, you came to us as a 9 week old happy puppy ready to seize the world 14 years ago.  I remember walking you on our daily 2 mile walk that we did just to wear you out. Passing people walking their dogs, I always knew you were the most beautiful and best out there.  The old ones always made me sad because I knew their time was near.  Spencer, now that you are at this particular crossroad and I am having to make the most difficult decision that a pet parent can make, one that hurts more than I can even explain.  Unfortunately this is happening at a time when I am in the process of grieving my 91 year old grandmother who passed away last week..she and my Aunt gave you to us as a wedding gift.  How will my kids understand the prospect of losing Nana and now you to heaven and how can I continue to tell them it is all ok, when I am so darn sad and I am not ok?  Just two months ago we had to put down your  litter mate Princess and my youngest tells me nightly how she misses her.  It is just so unfair that dogs can’t be with us longer and it is equally unfair that I am having to do this when the raw emotion of losing Nana is still stinging me daily.

My fourteen years with you, Spencer have been special.  To think that you are this big Labrador Retriever that has no interest in swimming, but would rather sit on the edge of the pool bug eyed with worry that we would throw you in.  To recall the years that you slept in the garden bath tub because it was cool..every night we would hear the clunk of your jumping in and in the morning you would jump out.  The party you had early on when you were a puppy and destroyed the first floor of anything that could be destroyed because we went shopping that day and left you alone out of the crate.  Our first few weeks of you, we had to come home at lunch time because your little bladder couldn’t hold it, you always greeted us with such happiness.  One time, we had a bad storm..it was the storm where Raleigh got 22-1/2 inches of snow.  Spencer, you went outside in the swirling wind and got lost under the deck.  I will never forget Steve having to go out in the snow in the midst of the storm to lead you in.  Your happiness when you saw us warmed me on that cold day.

After our first was born in 2003, people said that Spencer and Savannah (by that time we had gotten Spencer a friend) would take a back seat to the kids.  That never happened and you never lost your place in my heart, I just learned that ones heart is big enough to love all.  Spencer, you handled Sara and later Sydney well and never once made us fear that you would harm them out of jealousy.  You are indeed, a special friend to the girls.  Their piggy puppy.

When you were unable to take the stairs to sleep upstairs in our room at night, it tormented me more than it probably did you.  I felt such a hole in our room, not hearing your snore or claws hitting the wall in a dream when running in your sleep.  Watching you age has been so difficult.  You have done it with grace and now your grace is almost gone to where it isnt fair of me to let you live in pain.  Spencer, I am sorry that I have been the selfish one when you have been the most selfless.  Spencer, I also want you to know how much you are loved and how I will miss you more than I can ever put into words.  I am so glad that you have been able to share in my and Steves life as well as the lives of the girls.  I pray that they will take your memory with them as long as they will remember and know the true love of a pet as I have known and loved of you.

Spencer you are my Angel and now, knowing that you and Nana are my true angels, I will look into heaven and feel how blessed I am to have the both of you looking out for me.  I love you Spencer.  Thank you for the 14 years you have given me and know that you will be there in my everyday life.  I love you.

Love, Mommy

So many times we hear from those who have lost their pets that the search becomes all consuming.  That is normal, dont fret about it.  Knowing that you are doing a productive search is sometimes reassuring when all seems lost.  When the feelings begin to take you away from your family and friends, that is when it can be a problem and you should seek help. 

Know that your feelings are understood and keep your positive outlook up during the search. 

 

Follow our tips on http://www.lostandfoundhound.com and continue to look at listings in the newspaper, at the shelters and anywhere in your area that may alert those of lost or found hounds.

 

 

So many times we hear from those who have lost their pets that the search becomes all consuming.  That is normal, dont fret about it.  Knowing that you are doing a productive search is sometimes reassuring when all seems lost.  When the feelings begin to take you away from your family and friends, that is when it can be a problem and you should seek help. 

Know that your feelings are understood and keep your positive outlook up during the search. 

 

Follow our tips on http://www.lostandfoundhound.com and continue to look at listings in the newspaper, at the shelters and anywhere in your area that may alert those of lost or found hounds.

 

 

We get a number of listings for lost or found dogs and or cats on the site http://www.lostandfoundhound.com and the listings do not tell us anything about the lost pet.  People are utilizing social media quite a bit in the search so be sure when posting your pet, you include identifying information.  When posting a listing to any site be sure to include the following to help in the search for your pet:

  • Sex of pet
  • Is the pet spayed or neutered
  • where was the pet last seen
  • color of pet and breed
  • include a picture
  • any distinct markings to help id the pet
  • Is the dog or cat microchipped-if so be sure the registration is up to date (check this out at http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org)
  • how long has the pet been missing?
  • do they wander or are they house cats or indoor pets?
  • are they current on shots
  • do they have a collar on? Any tags?
  • lastly, include contact information such as phone, email and be sure to check these frequently

Just listing this information when posting to social media sites can help you in your search.  Be sure to utilize http://www.lostandfoundhound.com in your search.  Good luck at finding your pet.  

Many People ask, what are some tips when I have lost or found a dog or cat or another kind of animal.  Here are some tips, we also have a comprehensive list of tips on our main site; http://www.lostandfoundhound.com

Lost and Found Tips

Tip 1:     Search your property thoroughly and the property of the homes on either side of your home. Cats, small dogs, and other types of small pets can get into some pretty strange places.

Tip 2:     Walk around your neighborhood, talk to everybody, and leave your phone number and a picture of your pet with everyone that you come into contact.  Many print places have bulk order discounts for flyers or posters.  Hand out flyers to everyone and anyone and get small business cards printed to have at area stores or to hand to anyone you see.  If people are not home, leave a flyer on their front door.

Caution – It is against Federal law to leave flyers or any other un-stamped or un-postmarked material in someone’s mailbox.

If your neighborhood has a Facebook site or a homeowners email group, send a copy of your flyer via email to the neighbors and post to the Facebook account.  You may also want to post for neighboring communities.  The school bus driver may be able to help you with a neighborhood contact.

Whenever you set out on foot to search for your pet, take someone with you.

Don’t ever give out your full name or address. Scam artists and other criminals in our society can and will use this information against you and your family. Remember, it is never a good idea to publicize this information no matter what the reason may be.  If offering a reward, do not publicize the amount.

Tip 3:     When walking around your neighborhood, call your pet.  Use their name.  Call their name anywhere you go.  If your pet has a favorite “toy” that has a bell or makes a sound, bring it along and use it to help you make familiar noises.

Use a “Dog Whistle” to get your pet’s attention. The high-pitched sound from these whistles can carry up to a mile or more. Cats are attracted to this sound as well as dogs. ( Note: this whistle is the “silent” ultrasonic type, but has a simple adjustment that lowers the tone into the human audible range. Use this audible tone when searching for your pet because the sound will carry farther).

Have meaty smelling food and a familiar pet toy with you while calling your pet’s name.   Also have a flashlight to look in dark places.

Tip 4:     Place strong-scented articles outside your home to attract your pet.  Animals find their way by scent as well as sound.

Strong smelling  food such as tuna, sardines, or warm, freshly cooked chicken, liver, or other meat.  Be sure to protect the food if you can, so that other animals don’t eat it!

Tip 5:     Call local veterinarian offices during the day. After 5 PM, call veterinarian emergency clinics.  If an office has taken in or treated any animal that even remotely resembles your pet, VISIT THE OFFICE IN PERSON. Your description of your pet and their description of the same pet rarely match. YOU MUST GO SEE FOR YOURSELF!

Also ask them for the phone numbers of local rescue organizations. They generally keep a list and may even work with them.

Call each of the rescue organizations and ask for their help and find out if they have your pet. These groups generally network with each other and will pass the word about your lost pet.

Be sure to leave a flyer with each of the veterinary offices you visit.

Post your lost or found pet to Facebook on area Veterinarian Facebook sites as well as local animal rescue sites. 

Tip 6:     Visit  your local Animal Control, humane societies, and animal shelters, including the ones in surrounding areas.   Many shelters have only a 72 hour hold period so it is imperative that you or someone who knows the pet well check shelters out.  Your description and that of someone answering the phone may be enitirely different.

Leave a flyer at the area shelter and post to their Facebook site if they maintain one.

Tip 7:     It is extremely important to post as MANY flyers as you can about your lost pet. From the point where your pet was last seen, place your posters within a 6-mile radius for cats and a 20-mile radius for dogs.   Flyers and posters are the fastest way to get the word out.  In addition, bandit signs and small business cards with a picture can help.

A flouroscent border poster board with a white poster inset with five main points..lost dog, beagle, picture, call phone, identifying mark to look for.  Tape these to a telephone pole with duct tape and do not be shy about how many you put up as well as where.  Put anywhere people will see and will call.

Don’t ever give up! Pets have been known to find their way back home after being lost for several months. Good luck!  Respond to All Sightings if at all possible, respond to every sighting in person.

In the event of PET THEFT, physical characteristics are often altered on purpose. If someone has stolen your pet, the thief may very well alter certain physical characteristics so the animal is less likely to resemble it original appearance in the hopes that if people should see the cat or dog, they will not be as quick to associate the animal’s description with a description seen on a “Lost Cat” or “Lost Dog” flyer they may have seen posted in the area.

Pet thieves will also make every attempt to tear down your “Lost Cat” or “Lost Dog” posters, so pay attention to posters that are repeatedly torn down or removed. If this does occur, enlist the aid of homeowner nearby, who can see the flyer from their place of residence. Ask them to keep an eye on your poster and tell them to call you immediately if they see someone removing your poster. Ask them to jot down the following things; a description of the person or persons, a description of the vehicle and if at possible, to get the license plate number, the time of day the poster was torn down, and anything else that strikes them as being unusual or peculiar about the person(s) or vehicle. If they happen to get a license plate number, immediately call your local law enforcement and report the incident.

Do not call the police unless you are able to get the vehicle license plate number, they cannot provide any assistance to you without this information.

TIP 8:     TAG YOUR CAR.  Take window paint and advertise your lost pet on your car.  It’s amazing how many people will see this and that this may trigger a memory of seeing your pet.

Tip 9:     Create a Facebook Page for your lost pet.  This will help get the word out and you will be amazed as to how many people will look for your updates.

Tip 10:   DON’T EVER GIVE UP.

A Few Words Of Caution

There are dangerous people in our society who prey upon victims by using “found” pets as a ploy.

NEVER respond to a “found” pet contact alone. Take a friend or two along with you.

Arrange to meet in a public place.

NEVER invite the person to your home unless you happen to know him or her well.

Beware of money scams. A common one is a person calls you claiming to be a long-haul trucker. He says he picked up your pet and is out of state now. He heard about your ad, flyer, etc. and says he will return your pet if you will pay to ship it home. This person does not have your pet, he is only trying to take your money. Don’t wander around looking for your pet alone, either during the day or at night. Always bring a friend or relative. This is especially important in unfamiliar neighborhoods. Use the identifying information you have withheld about your pet. Please remember that you should never give out all of the identifying features of your lost pet. If the person who claims to have found your pet cannot describe these features to you, he or she does not have your pet!  Beware of recent scams offering scent dogs to help you locate your pet.  There are very few groups like these and your local SPCA would be able to recommend to you a pet search service.

Protecting your pet now

Safeguard your pets before they are lost by following the common-sense tips below. Pet-proof your yard fence so your cat or dog will be safely confined. Be sure to check your fence regularly for new escape routes. Keep fence gates securely locked. This is for the safety of both your pet and any visitors (wanted or unwanted). Never allow your pets to roam free in the neighborhood. Leash them at all times. Always transport a cat in a carrier. Never take your cat to the vet or anywhere else unless it is secured. A carried cat can bolt and hide if frightened by loud noises. When a cat is frightened in strange surroundings, especially with traffic noise around, it will hide and will not come to you. The same goes for dogs. Always leash them when taking them anywhere. If a dog gets loose in an unfamiliar area its chances of ever finding its way home are practically impossible.

Get some good photos of your pet now, before it’s too late.   Take close-up shots so that details show up well.  Keep taking shots until you get a few good ones that really look like your pet. Most snapshots of pets look like any other cat or dog.

These photos will be invaluable to you later if your pet is ever lost.

Train your pet (cat or dog) to associate a “Dog Whistle” with pleasant things. Blow the whistle each time just before you feed them. They will then be more likely to come running to you when you use the whistle to find them when they are lost.

Ensure that YOU can be located if your pet is found.   Always keep a collar on your pet with a tag that has your CURRENT PHONE NUMBER on it.   If you have moved, be sure to update the info on the microchip as well as on their tag.  Always have a CURRENT rabies tag and pet license tag attached to your pet’s collar. You can be found by the number on the tags.

MICROCHIP YOUR PET AND BE SURE THAT THE MICROCHIP IS REGISTERED.

A collar and phone tag are the most important form of ID you can have for your pet.  Microchip too.

It is absolutely vital that your pet have a CURRENT rabies tag on it at all times!  If a county happens to be under a “Rabies Alert” or a “Rabies Quarantine” and your pet is picked up without a current rabies tag, they WILL kill your loved one! It’s a public health issue, so you will have no recourse.

FOUND PET TIPS

  • If the pet you have found has a rabies tag, you can call an area vet and they should be able to help you identify the veterinarian practice that immunized the pet.  Their home Dr. should be able to help you locate the owners.
  • Many pets are now microchipped.  Take the pet to an area Vet and they can scan the pet for a microchip which will provide the owner info.
  • Many shelters are overcrowded and have a 72 hour hold period and then they can euthanize the pet.  Prior to calling animal control, check out their policy.  There are several no kill shelters that may be willing to take the pet if you are unable to.  If the pet is a specific breed, contact the local rescue for that particular breed.
  • Post signs that you have found a pet.  The person who lost a pet may not be as tech savvy as you.
  • Thank you for looking for the owner.  Many find pets and do little, the fact that you are here says a lot about your care and compassion for animals.

I remember the saying, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. I remember all the pictures we drew in grade-school and hung up on the walls in my old classroom in Buffalo, NY. I also remember thinking that it was always a Lion in Buffalo in March…wind and snow. In several parts of the US the weather has been unstable with warm and cold air prompting storms. When these storms happen, we see an uptick in lost and found dogs and cats. Some of these animals have traveled far in their fear. What can be done if this is your pet? ID them via a microchip as well as a tag with current name, number and contact information on the tags. Also, something as simple as changing the battery in the electric fence collar can keep the dog in-bounds. If your pet indeed does go missing during a storm, post the ad everywhere and everywhere and use the good old fashioned newspaper. Signs posted outside are always important and post online where people in your area and others may see. Use http://www.lostandfoundhound.com as a resource too. Just keep in mind that you should keep your pet in during a storm to keep your pet protected. Last year, a tornado struck Raleigh where we live and flying debris was a culprit in a lot of injured pets, don’t let this happen to you!! Keep your lionshare inside! :)

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