lost dog check list

Start with the house and garden - and don’t forget the garden and sheds next door.

  • Every room on every floor - with those where the door is closed - leave it open.
  • Every cupboard / closet / understairs cupboard - even those that are too small.
  • Every shed / outhouse / garage / conservatory -  holes in the fence / open gate.
  • Within 30 minutes ....
  • Person 1 - with mobile “on” - starts searching those likely places ...
  • Person 2 - starts ‘phoning - giving name, description - when / where last seen.
    Dog owning neighbour 1 .............................................
    Dog owning neighbour 2 .............................................
    Dog owning neighbour 3 .............................................
    Local Police Station ....................................................
    Local Dog Warden .......................................................
    Local Animal Refuge ...................................................
    Nearest Labrador Rescue ............................................
    Local Garage / Gas station .........................................
    Local Dog Breeder .......................................................
    Local Post Office .........................................................
    Local School ................................................................
    Local Newsagent ...........................................................

From experience, this is usually enough to receive a call within an hour or two, reporting the dog at “such and such” address. In order to get this call, You need to keep the ‘phone free.
Having been told the whereabouts - get Person 1 to confirm it - then ‘phone all those numbers again - to tell them the good news.

  • No news? - then start preparing to print those “Lost” posters - fill in the details of when and where it was last seen, check the ‘phone numbers.
  • Getting dark?  - evening and early morning are the most likely times for a stray dog to be found outside someone’s back door - possibly a house similar to yours
  • Before bed - get a good torch and calling its name - take a turn around your usual late night walking area. Things are  quieter at night -  your voice will carry much further.
  • Leave at least one outside light on all night.
  • If you have a shed that you can safely leave open - do so - with the light on.
  • Leave a bowl of fresh water in the usual outside place.
  • Put your mobile “on charge”.
  • Try to get some sleep - don’t worry - your dog’s probably under cover by now.
  • The following morning - ‘phone again - remind all that your dog’s still missing
  • Start printing those posters - for those that are going to be displayed outside, protect them in a clear plastic food/ freezer bag.
  • With your mobile switched on - a pocket full of biscuits - and a lead .........
  • Get out and circulate those posters - to dog walkers, houses, shops, schools, pubs, bus-stops, letter boxes, telephone boxes, pet-food shops, doctor’s / dentist’s / vet’s surgery, local radio stations and newspapers - the wider you cast the net, the better your chances.
  • Don’t underestimate the goodwill of children, paperboys, delivery men, cab drivers, school bus drivers and policemen - give them each a poster!
  • End of “Day 2” and still no dog - and you’re getting downhearted - please don’t. Remember the story of the hunting hounds - and remember too - if your dog has a microchip, then sooner or later it’ll be found and identified as “yours”!

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