The First Five Things to Do When You Realize Your Dog Is Lost
1) Put out a personal item your dog will recognize.
Immediately put out food, water, your dog’s bed or an article of your clothing at the location where your dog was last seen. There is a good chance that your dog may return to that spot.
2) Spread the word
Get the word out by using flyers and signs (like yard sale signs) with a picture of your dog and your phone number (check your phone often!). Go door-to-door with your flyer in the neighborhood where your dog was last seen.
Here are tips on making posters from the Missing Pet Partnership.
3) Contact relevant community organizations
Contact your local animal shelters and animal control facilities, vet clinics, and police departments to report your dog missing. Fax or email them a photo of your dog and your contact information.
4) Instruct everyone that is helping you to NOT call or chase your dog
Your dog will already be extremely stressed and will likely run if anyone, including you, calls its name or chases it. Tell people that if they see your dog, they should sit or lay down (no eye contact) and gently toss out tasty treats to the side of the dog to lure it to them.
5) Post your lost dog online
Post your dog in the lost and found section of Craigslist at www.craigslist.com and send a notice to Seattle DogSpot so we can put up a post about your dog.
Note: Craigslist erases posts every couple of days so you’ll have to repost your listing periodically.
Many thanks to Lost Dogs Illinois for providing these tips.