Lost Pet Information
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PET IS MISSING
• Contact all neighbors and have them check closed garages or sheds. Ask them if they’ve had any deliveries, landscapers, etc. Could your cat have gone into their vehicle?
• Go to your local shelter and register your lost pet. Take a photo and record as much detail as possible describing your pet.
• Create flyers and post them everywhere in your neighborhood, preferably under door mats not just on telephone poles.
• Contact local rescue groups; send them a copy of your flyer. You can locate local rescue groups through Petfinder Enter your zip code to obtain a listing of local rescue groups.
• Is your cat micro-chipped? If so, contact the micro-chip company, they will notify all local vets. If not, make a note to have your cat micro-chipped as soon as he/she is found.
• Post your missing cat flyer at all local vets and pet stores.
• Recruit your friends to help you.
Flyers should contain the following information:
• Exact date cat went missing.
• OFFER A REWARD.
• Name of the cat in BIG LETTERS.
• DESCRIPTION OF CAT – color, shy/friendly, gender, breed, age, include
health issues, especially if cat is deaf.
• Picture of cat.
• Location of where cat was last known to be, include nearest cross streets.
• Your phone number in BIG NUMBERS (include area code).
• Once reunited with your cat, take down all flyers and let everyone
know the outcome.
• If your kitty is shy, he/she will hide for a few days. Keep putting food and water outside your door.
• Put out an article of your clothing or bedding from your kitty so he/she recognizes that familiar scent.
• Obtain a trap or have a local rescue group help you with trapping. A shy cat might need to be trapped.
• Continue putting out flyers everywhere. DO NOT GIVE UP.
• Kitty will be hungry and a lost cat normally does not go far.
• Use tuna or sardines with oil or roasted chicken, as the scent carries.
• Be especially alert for your cat at dusk or sunrise.
• Normally we suggest removing the food at dark so as not to attract wildlife but if your cat is hiding during the day,
he/she will be looking for food at night, so leave it out 24/7 until you catch your cat.
• Continue putting up flyers.
• If you live in Marin, listen to the daily recording at Marin Humane to see if your kitty was found.
• Continue putting out food; repeat day 3.
• Contact local children in your neighborhood or at the near-by school. Show them your poster and ask that they watch for your cat.
• Talk to everyone. Contact neighbors who might have been away or who have housekeepers and have them check
under decks, garages, sheds.
Day 5 and ongoing:
• Continue providing food in a familiar spot.
• Check that flyers are still posted around the neighborhood.
• Walk the neighborhood, calling your cat’s name, rattle a treat can if he/she is familiar with that sound.
• Keep a trap set at your home when you’ll be there (never set a trap when you aren’t present).
• Ensure that local feral cat groups know about your missing cat, as they can be on the look-out at their feral cat colonies.
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