Things you can do if your dog goes missing for fast results.
Here are some suggestions on what to do if your dog goes missing. Having your dog microchipped will make it easier to find your dog, through vet clinics and the local Humane Societies and SPCA.
- Don’t Panic
- Immediately contact your local lost pets search and rescue
- Call the local Humane Society
- Call your local vet offices
- After you have done these walk around the neighborhood close to home. They may pick up your scent and find their way back.
- Create a missing poster
- Check any security footage from your home or the neighbors
- Ask everyone you meet if they have seen your dog.
- Don’t give up
- Contact other rescue resources in your area and send them a picture of your dog.
Find some of the fastest-acting groups on Facebook to post your picture of your lost pet. Fortunately, I have had numerous occasions that I have found a dog and was able to reunite them with their owners this way. So please use their services. Kijiji Lost and Found Pets can be a very good source to post information as well. Also, feel free to post in our comments. We would be more than happy to direct you to the right resources.
Next Door App
If anyone isn’t familiar with the Next Door app, it’s a great network that can connect you to all your neighbors in a certain radius. I would highly recommend joining them if you have pets or want to know what is going on in your community. This way if your dog goes missing put an urgent post on your pet and a picture and everyone in the neighborhood can help or provide and security footage if needed.
Facebook Groups That Can Help You Find Your Pet
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland Labrador
- Nova Scotia
YYC Pet Recovery – Calgary and Area
Southern Alberta Pet Connection – Calgary and Southern Alberta
Lethbridge and Area -Lost and Found Pets
Lost & Found Pets Calgary and Surrounding Areas
Lost/Found Pet in Blackfalds, Lacombe, and Red Deer surrounding areas
Alberta SPCA – You can get the local SPCA for your area by contacting them directly.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Ground Search And Rescue Kitchener Waterloo Area – Very Fast response.
Lost and Found Pets Guelph and area
Lost and Found Pets in Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge Guelph
Lost Pets In Niagra Region of Ontario (In honor of Cleo)
Tips To Help Find A Missing Dog
If you have a missing pet nothing can feel worse than not knowing where they are. I hope this article on what to do if your dog goes missing can help you organize a search. Also, remember you can post to every group and page you can.
Microchip Your Pet
Make sure you Microchip your pet. If for some reason the dog loses its collar, You can rest assured that if found the microchip will help organizations or vet clinics locate you. Make sure you keep this information up to date.
If Your Dog Was Stolen
Contact your local RCMP and News. You will want to post on the social media sites in yours and other areas. Contact your local Humane Society to help. They can provide support and guidance. Call the Animal Abuse Hotline and report the incident. Stolen Pets Canada has a Facebook page you can contact. Some others that may be able to help are:
Sign the petition for harsher penalties for those that steal family pets. You can always reach out to local pages on Facebook to see if they can share your information on any lost pet. If you see something suspicious such as a lot of dogs tied up outside on heavy chains. Know how to spot dog fighting rings and how to stop them. In Ontario Please Contact OSPCA.
Another great resource from Your Dog Advisor. How to break up a dog fight safely. You never know when you may need to stop a fight in its tracks. It is a great post on what to look for and what to do.