Losing a pet is a traumatic experience. The following tips can increase the chances of your pet making it home safely.
File a Lost Report
If you have lost a pet in the Langley area, please fill out a lost report. Make sure you fill out the entire form. If you have a photo, email it to LAPS to attach to your file. Make sure you give an accurate description when you file your report. Details are key – include the size of your pet, ear shape, length of hair, color, and any special markings/scars. Check with neighboring communities and file a lost report with them, too. Look everywhere!
Don’t waste any time starting the search for your pet. Talk to your neighbors, your paper delivery person, local businesses and your garbage hauler. Contact local vet offices to see if any animals have been dropped off.
Spread the Word
Make a poster and put it up everywhere you can, such as vet offices, community centres, pet stores, telephone poles, etc. Post a message in the lost and found section on Craigslist. Be sure to include a good quality, recent photo, a detailed description, the date and location your pet went missing and your contact information. You can register a lost report with Petlynx, a database of lost and found pets.
You can also place ads in your local paper, on classified websites such as Craigslist or on the BC Veterinary Medical Association website. Check the found reports and call the ones whose description match your pet. If you’re advertising a reward leave the dollar amount off the poster.
An Ounce of Prevention…
Lost pets with current identification have a better chance of making it home. Visible ID, such as a name tag or a license, is an easy way for whoever finds your pet to locate you. In case your pet loses its collar, it’s a good idea to have a permanent form of ID as backup. Tattoos and microchips allow animal shelters and vets to trace your pet’s identity back to you. Visit your vet and ask about these options. Remember, ID only works if the information is current, so make sure you update your information if you move!