The Lost Pet Wrap

To wrap up this four-part series on tips for finding a lost pet, one of the more important tips I would like to emphasize is to not give up searching too quickly. Pet parents who succumb too soon to thoughts that their pets were stolen or killed may miss an opportunity to find their pet. I encourage you to instead tailor your search to the situation and apply the tips and techniques of this Pet Column series to increase the chances of finding your lost pet.

 Another pertinent point I would like to make is to those who find lost pets. Please do not assume that cowering, fearful behavior means that the pet was "abused," and know that some pets are simply born with a fearful temperament despite always having been treated well. These pets deserve a chance to find their homes again.

Remember too that tactics for looking for a lost pet vary depending on the characteristics of the pet (skittish or friendly) and the species (dogs run and cats hide).  Also keep in mind that how people perceive loose dogs is very different from how people perceive loose cats. People pull over and rescue dogs, but typically ignore cats. Thus the search for a lost cat truly involves physically searching for the cat while the search for a lost dog involves searching for person who last saw your dog.  

Keep in mind to not chase the lost anxious pet as this will only make them run further.  Rather, offer a yummy treat making sure not to look directly in the pet’s eye or attempt to approach it. Remaining calm and nonthreatening is critical if the skittish pet is to approach you.  Most importantly, call to report that the animal was sighted. If the animal was reported as missing this will be the best way for its owner to find it.   

My name is Smokey and although I have never been lost I am homeless. I was rescued from a puppy mill and will probably continue to feel a bit lost until I find a family. I am a very handsome boy with striking blue eyes. I am only about 9 months young and quite outgoing and curious. I get along great with other dogs, although sometimes feel nervous when meeting new dogs. Although I have never had one I really think I would flourish in a loving home. Wags.

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View our shelter pets and services online:

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 970-626-2273 to report a lost pet or to learn about adopting a homeless pet and the SCHS spay/neuter, volunteer, feral cat or other programs. View our shelter pets and services at

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