Urgent Steps to Take to Find A Missing Pet

As animal lovers, pets are like our furry children. They are our babies and when one of them goes missing, our world basically comes to screeching halt. While your first instinct might be to panic it’s important to stay calm and collected. What you do in the first 24 hours are imperative to finding your pet and getting them back home safe and sound.

Here are some essential steps to take that will help give you the best chance at finding your missing pet.

Check in and all around the house

We know this sounds obvious but you’d be surprised how many pets are found under the porch or hiding under the bed. Furthermore, some pets are forgotten in cars or get trapped in parts of the house such as closets or bathrooms. So, first and foremost, thoroughly check in and all around your home before concluding that your pet is lost. Ask friends or family living in the house if they have seen or heard your pet and if not, when was the last time they did?

Notify your microchip company

Microchips are small computer chips (no bigger than a grain of rice) that are implanted under the skin of your pet, typically at the nape of the neck. These chips contain all the pertinent information to identify both pet and owner such as name, address, and phone number. Microchips are very inexpensive, usually averaging around $45 and can be injected into cats, dogs, horses, birds, exotic animals and even fish. Investing in a microchip for your pet is the most effective way to find a lost pet.

According to Petfinder,  “Only about 22 percent of lost dogs that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. However, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent… Less than 2 percent of lost cats that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. The return-to-owner rate for microchipped cats was dramatically higher at over 38 percent (more than 2000 percent better).”