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Help for Westchester and Putnam Lost Pets

Animal-Link.org wants to help reunite you with your lost pet. This is a free service! First & foremost, remember to stay calm and:

 1  Search
 
  • Start the search immediately. Visit these web sites for excellent information to help you locate your lost pet:
    1. Missing Pet Parnership-excellent advice!
    2. Lost cat behavior-a must read!
    3. Recovery Tips - Lost Dog Behavior
    4. Lost dog advice
  • Search your house, property and surrounding neighborhood thoroughly with a flashlight and especially checking locked closets, crawl spaces, cars, garages, sheds, basements, drain pipes ect...Your pet may be trapped inside or caught by their collar.
  • Call 877-738-8686 or visit findtoto.com . This service will call up to 10,000 people in the area where your pet was last seen with a message: "This is a lost-pet alert from your neighbor [your name] who lost her pet..." Prices start at $85 for 250 calls.
  • Call delivery people such as FedEx, UPS, the mail carrier and anyone who works outside such as landscapers and pool cleaners.
  • Don't hesitate to ask for help from family, friends, neighbors, etc.
  • Distribute pictures of your animal and with a detailed description.
  • Remember, children on bikes can cover a large area.
  • Cell phones will help to communicate with others in search.
  • Try different times of day or night. Cats are more active early morning and at night. Dogs may be active anytime and may tend to run farther. Dogs may burrow into self made dens and cats may climb trees.
  • Do not chase and never yell at the animal! Establish contact by calling and whistling. Never call your pet across a busy road. Stay calm. Attempt to stop or slow traffic keeping your own safety in mind.
  • Carry a flashlight and leash and collar with you.
  • Extend the search and continue to distribute posters to surrounding areas in an ever-widening circle. Drive through neighborhoods while calmly calling.
  • Bring canned pet food warmed in microwave to entice pet. The warming intensifies the aroma.
  • Place Hav-a-Hart traps in areas where your pet may have been spotted or regularly visits. Dcykman's Animal Control may be able to assist you in the trapping of your pet. Call them for information at 1-800-696-7803. They serve Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and New York City and charge a fee.
 2  Search far and wide
 

Although many times pets-especially displaced cats-are very close by in the neighborhood (read lost cat behavior), do not underestimate how far an animal can travel in a short period of time. Your pet's appearance may change through weight loss or matted and dirty coat. Also, someone else's interpretation of your description may vary greatly. Collars can be broken off and your pet may no longer be wearing tags. Everyone who knows the animal should help visit animal shelters in person, repeatedly.

 3 Post Flyers
 

Prepare flyers (excellent poster tips) with a photo, a detailed description and when and where animal was lost. After getting permission, post them at vet's offices, animal hospitals, feed stores, kennels, groomers, pet shops, community bulletin boards, shopping centers, places of worship, schools, grocery stores, gas stations, post offices, laundromats, and tree & telephone poles in highly trafficked areas. Distributing posters is one of the most effective things you can do to locate your lost pet. Distribute your posters freely.

 4  Contact and/or visit daily:
  Contact them immediately as some facilities euthanize within 5 days.
 5  Place Ads and Search Listings
  Place ads on/in the web sites and publications below and search their lost and found listings at least once a week.
 6  KEEP SEARCHING!
 

Many pets can disappear for months and still turn up. Once your pet is found, notify everyone of that fact and remove all flyers previously posted.

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