They are at a loss as to how to find their precious companion.
Well I am here to help.
The following is a step by step guide as to how to search for your lost pet.
The Search Begin by searching the inside of the house in such places as storerooms, cupboards, closets, clothes baskets, under beds, and in the garage.
Next search the outside of the home.
Look for your lost pet on your block.
Start looking in the last place your pet was seen.
Use a light so you can peer into pipes, under porches or homes, and any other place it may be apt to hide.
It is common for a pet to hide when found in unfamiliar surroundings.
Always check beneath bushes, call on your nearby neighbors and ask if they have seen your pet.
Get neighbors to check their garages and sheds to ensure your pet did not wander in when the door was open.
Be sure to call the name of your missing pet and make any sound that is familiar to it such as: whistling or smacking.
Place a notice in your local newspaper with a number you can be reached at day or night.
Put up posters in your subdivision and other nearby locations within the first 24 hours Make sure you have the correct contact information, a good picture (if available), and any reward you may be offering for the recovery of your pet.
Also put any information about your pet that may be pertinent such as: may runaway or bite if approached by strangers, any distinguishing markings, and what name to call it by.
Write in large readable letters on a bright background and insure that your home phone and cell phone numbers are included.
Print "CALL ANYTIME" in bold.
Place your posters in plain view at eye level to passing cars, as well as to walkers.
Secure the posters well so that they do not blow away.
Check the City Pound, ASPCA shelters, and any other shelters which may be in your area of town.
Leave a picture and contact information so that you can be notified immediately if a pet matches the description you left.
Plan to go again every few days and check the current boarders to see if yours is among them.
Leave food and water out for your pet just in case it returns home.
A pet is inclined to stay where it is familiar and safe.
Make a habit out of calling for your pet every time you go out of the house and at night before you go to bed.
Inform your vet and others in the surrounding area.
Take them posters to place in their offices and to keep in case your pet is brought in for treatment.
Prevention is the best medicine Always place a tag on your pet and ensure their required vaccinations are current.
If your city requires a license then make sure you have one.
Many city pounds and shelters now place microchips in lost pets.
These only work if you register the chip and pay a fee.
So be sure to get the correct information for the type of microchip they use.
There are three major companies which register microchips for pets.
You can also get a microchip for your pet at many local pet stores and veterinarian offices.
I hope the information here helps if you ever lose your special friend.
Keep in mind that you can take action immediately so there is no need to panic.