Find Your Pet Fast! How to use this poster
Posting "Lost Dog" posters for a dog increases the chances of that dogís return by over 200%
- IMMEDIATELY post this poster in your neighborhood and major cross streets, coffee shops, supermarkets,vets
- Email or post this poster to key locations like veterinary offices, pet shops, groomers, post offices, and outside supermarkets in your area. You'll want to leave a few with your local shelter and all of the local breed and non-breed rescue groups in your area
- Make sure someone is manning the phone line that is on the poster
The Poster includes critical information
- Dogís Name
- Phone Number (LARGE type)
- A picture of your dog Ė or his breed, a color description, and a phone number.
- Amount of the Reward
Dogs bring enormous joy and love into the lives of their owners. As every owner knows, the worst moments are when their dog is lost. In these stressed-out moments, itís hard to get organized and create a professional lost dog poster that includes all of the critical information leading to a dogís return.
To help dog owners quickly and professionally create a lost dog poster, KeepDoggieSafe.com has just rolled out a FREE Do-It-Yourself-lost dog poster to create a professional lost dog poster in seconds. Visit www.keepdoggiesafe.com/lostpetposter.com and upload the dogís picture and fill out the form. Users can then print out PDF posters to distribute around their neighborhoods and email the poster to local businesses, shelters, and neighbors to alert them that their dog is lost.
Many "Lost Dog" posters that individuals create are not optimally designed, as critical information is either too hard to read or missing. People must be able to read the "Lost Dog" poster while driving by. If someone has to get out of their car to see what kind of dog is missing then the poster is not doing its job. The KeepDoggieSafe.com dog poster is designed to ensure the poster is seen, readable and the message is communicated.
The reward field is optional but highly recommended. Adding a reward for a lost dog increases the chances that a dog is returned. Itís an incentive for people driving in the area to keep an eye out for the dog. It gives people an extra reason to remember what the breed / color of the dog was and to glance down streets as they pass by.
NOTE: This poster can also be used for lost cats!
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Get the word out -FAST
Hand out flyers to neighbors and place in key locations like veterinary offices, pet shops, groomers, post offices, and outside supermarkets in your area. You will need to make plenty of lost pet flyers (at least 75 to 100 initially). You'll want to leave a few with your local shelter and find out how to mail or fax them to all of the local breed and non-breed rescue groups in your area. If you're not sure how to contact the rescue groups in your area, ask the staff at your local animal shelter as they typically keep in touch with these nonprofit organizations.
Posting the Flyer
Taped poster Run at least 4 horizontal strips of duct tape (on the back of the poster), taking care to wrap the duct tape around the back of the pole and secure it to both back sides of the poster board. Taking these extra measures when posting will give your poster a much better chance of remaining in its spot for an adequate length of time.
Don't forget to examine your posters and flyers frequently and replace the ones that are missing or damaged.
Lost Dog Safety Hints
When creating flyers and placing ads in the local Classifieds section, it is important to withhold at least one identifying mark or characteristic of your lost pet, in case you need it later to verify that a person has actually found your pet and is not trying to scam you - it's unfortunate, but it does happen. For safety considerations, DO NOT include your name, your address, or a specific reward amount on your flyer! The type of people that you hope will call are animal lovers who don't care about the money - not folks looking to make a quick buck. Whenever you go to claim your pet, be sure to take someone with you - and do not pay any reward until you actually have your pet back. If someone asks you to wire money because h or she found your pet but is now in a different city, DO NOT BELIEVE IT, as this is a common scam.
How Else To Search for Lost Dogs
Be sure to routinely check with your local animal shelter and also with any local rescue groups in your area. Sometimes lost dogs end up being placed in dog rescue groups who end up placing them in temporary foster homes until they can be adopted out to a new family. Your local shelter should have a listing of the organized groups in your area. In addition, many large pet stores hold weekend pet adoption events where "homeless, stray" dogs are adopted out to new families. It is possible that your dog could end up at one of these events. Find out when and where these adoptions take place and hand deliver a flyer of your lost dog to the staff. Finally, many rescue groups that end up taking care of "homeless, stray" dogs will post these dogs on www.petfinder.com. Be sure to check this website often in case your dog is ultimately listed there as an adoptable dog who is looking for a new home.
Handing out lost cat flyers and posting giant fluorescent posters will not help you find your cat if he/she is trapped in a neighbor's shed or if he/she is injured and hiding under a neighbor's deck! Lost cat posters are simply a supplement to the primary method that you should be using to find your lost cat - conducting an aggressive, physical search of your cat's territory (for an outdoor-access cat) or launching an aggressive humane trapping campaign (for indoor-only cats that escape outdoors and other displaced cats).
Be sure to routinely check with your local animal shelter and also with any local rescue groups in your area. While some cats will end up in shelters the same day they vanished, others might not end up there for weeks or even months! Sometimes found cats end up being placed in feline rescue groups who place them in temporary foster homes until they can be adopted out to a new family. Your local shelter should have a listing of the organized feline groups in your area. In addition, many large pet stores hold weekend pet adoption events where "homeless" cats are adopted out to new families. It is possible that your cat could end up at one of these events. Find out when and where these adoptions take place and hand deliver a flyer of your lost cat to the staff. Also, contact any TNR (trap-neuter-return) groups or feral cat colony caretakers in your area (ask your shelter if they have a list) and send them a flyer of your cat. It is possible that your cat might show up at one of their "feeding stations" and they can be a great resource because they feed and care for stray cats on a routine basis.