lost & found

Many of us have lost a pet at one time or another, and we know the anguish and heartbreak we feel. Do you know what to do if your pet disappears?

LISTED BELOW ARE SEVERAL IDEAS TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR PET IF HE/SHE BECOMES LOST:

--Act fast!! Don't wait days hoping he will just come home. The longer you wait, the further away he could wander, or he could be hurt and in need of medical attention. Many animal shelters only wait about four days before placing healthy animals up for adoption.

--Thoroughly search the area. Call your pet, and check any places they could have become trapped, such as basements, garages, sheds, vehicles, etc. Find a good photograph of your pet and ask all neighbors and passer-bys if they've seen him.

--If your pet is capable of covering a lot of distance, get in your car or on a bicycle and begin looking and calling right away. Get help from family and neighbors if possible. Make sure someone is home to answer the phone. If someone finds your pet, they will call the number on his pet tag or simply bring him home.

--If your pet remains lost, check every animal shelter in the area EVERY DAYYou can reach the Washington County SPCA at 918-336-1577 and ARF at 918-766-0991.

--Put up "lost" signs in your neighborhood and in local post offices, libraries, grocery stores, pet stores, and vets. Inform your vet and groomer that your pet is lost in case someone brings him in. Consider offering a reward, in case someone may have stolen or kept your pet as a "stray."

--Use the radio. Many radio stations broadcast lost pet information for free. Be sure to call all your local radio stations.  Give them very detailed information on where the pet was lost, its description, and how to contact you.  Locally we have KWON Radio 1400, KYFM 100 and KRIG.  They all have a Dog Gone report that airs throughout the day.  You can send them your dog's information via fax - 918-336-6939 or visit their website:  DOG GONE  and submit the form at the bottom of the page.

--Place a Classified Ad  Call the Examiner Enterprise 918-335-8200 and/or run an ad on Cable One 918-333-9611.

--Check websites listing lost/found pets: LostMyDoggie    FidoFinder    ThePetRescue

HOPEFULLY, YOUR FAST ACTIONS WILL LEAD TO THE SAFE RETURN OF YOUR PET. IF YOUR PET IS PROPERLY IDENTIFIED WITH A PET TAG, FINDING YOUR PET SHOULD BE MUCH QUICKER. REMEMBER, 95% OF LOST PETS FOUND WITH A PET TAG DO GET HOME! PROTECT YOUR PET FROM GETTING LOST, STOLEN, OR HURT WITH A PET TAG