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 the Marin Humane Society and register your lost pet. Take a photo and record as much detail as possible describing your pet.
- Develop flyers and post them everywhere in your neighborhood, both residential and commercial areas.
- Contact local rescue groups; send them a copy of your flyer. You can locate local rescue groups through petfinder.com. 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.
- Put an ad on Craigslist under PETS.
- Recruit your friends to help you.
- 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.
- Be especially alert for your cat at dusk or sunrise.
- Pick up food at dark so as not to attract raccoons.
- Continue putting up flyers.
- Listen to the daily recording at MHS 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.