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It’s every pet owner’s worst nightmare, a lost pet. Anyone would panic, here are the first steps you should take if you find yourself in this situation.

Canvas your own neighborhood. Let your neighbors know that your pet is missing and ask them to be on the lookout for them. Check your pet’s favorite spots in your neighborhood. Does your pet always stop to bark at the same dog in the yard a few streets over when you go for your daily walks? Check and see if he decided to stop there. Post your pet’s photo and your contact details on your neighborhood’s NextDoor page if you have one!

Contact your local animal shelters and agencies.

Take it public. Post a photo with a description of your pet to Facebook and ask your local friends to share. There are many organizations such as PetHub who utilize social media to assist in recovering lost pets.

Making sure that your pet has proper, up to date ID on a secure collar is the very best way to ensure that you will be reunited should they ever go missing. If your pet has a microchip, make certain that the contact information is current.

No pet owner ever hopes or expects to find themselves in this situation, but by being prepared and taking action the chances of being quickly reunited with their pet increase.

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