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Procedures for Lost and Found Pets

1. Distribute flyers all over the area that the pet was lost or found.
Photos on flyers are helpful if possible
Distribute flyers to: Schools
Shopping Centers
Pet Stores
Animal Clinics, Vets, Emergency Animal Clinics
Inform mail carriers, meter readers, delivery drivers and school children!

2. Check Arizona Humane Society & BOTH Maricopa County Animal Care & Control locations EVERY DAY!
         – Arizona Humane Society*               9226 N 13th Ave., Phoenix
         – East Side Animal Care and Control    2360 W 8th St., Mesa
– West Side Animal Care and Control   2500 S 27th Avenue, Phoenix
   * We urge anyone who has lost a pet to visit the Second Chance Animal Hospital™ Our staff will also direct people to visit other areas of our shelter where the lost pet could be; and, we recommend that people visit us at least every 72 hours.

3. Keep going to the locations EVERY DAY!
* Bring proof of ownership (photos/license/rabies/spay or neuter certificate, adoption records)

4. Report your animal Lost or Found to:
-Your local Craigslist in the pet section. Post an ad and check back online frequently as people don’t always see your ad when putting their own lost/found notice up.

   – Missing Mutts   480.898.8914
– AZ Republic (to place a free ad)   602.444.2424
– Scottsdale Tribune   480.970.2330
– The Shopper   602.444.4444
– AZ Central
– AZ Family

   – (Online creation of Lost, Found and Adopt Me flyers)

5. Place an ad in the lost/found section of your local newspapers.
– Most papers offer these ads for lost and found free of charge
– Weekend ads work best
– If a FOUND animal is not claimed, work with a rescue group to help place it into a loving home
– NEVER offer “free to a good home.” The pets can end up as laboratory test animals or as bait animals in dog fighting rings no matter how promising the adopter looks. Those who do this are skilled at conning the naive public.

6. Once you find your lost pet, Microchip or Tattoo them ASAP.

Pet Finding Assistance – does the legwork for you! AND boasts a 68% pet finding rate.

If your pet is lost, you can contact the company, choose a pricing plan that suites your needs, and they’ll get to working contacting shelters, neighbors, vet clinics for you.

Pricing structure (as of 11/11):
$40.00   Mail “amber alert” lost pet posters to vets, shelters, pet stores, animal control, etc.
$75.00   Telephone an amber alert lost pet message to your neighbor’s home.
$115.00  Combine both packages to get the word out to both neighbors and concerned pet businesses.

Pet Assistance

The Crime Prevention Unit, together with Gilbert Police Department volunteer’s are now assisting pet owners find their missing pets – by photographing and posting onto Phoenix Craig’s List (Lost and Found) and Pets911 websites with information on some of the animals that have been picked up by our officers. Gilbert PD now also has the capability of scanning your pet for an identification chip! Should your pet be found running free in Gilbert and a Gilbert police officer picks him or her up, (pending staff availability) we will scan the animal, photograph the animal and post the information onto the above websites prior to sending them to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCCACC). If you have question or would like to speak with a Crime Prevention team member about your missing pet please call 480-635-7522.


Helpful Article:  How to find your lost dog

Finding a Lost Dog from The BehavioRx Series of 32 canine and 4 feline behavior problem-solving brochures.

Most of us panic when we lose our dogs. However, this plan usually finds a wanderer or runaway in a matter of hours. The only exceptions are, sadly, when someone steals or finds your pet and is determined to keep him, or when the dog has been killed.

The following program is based on experience that started decades ago. Formulating it started in the 1950s with a case that bears repeating.

A hyperkinetic Spaniel mix with an insatiable “call to the wild” caused no less than 20 suddessful searches. His 21st adventure was never solved. He caught the scent of, and frantically pursued, a herd of elk in the Idaho wilderness. Despite 20 days of searching over a two-month period, he could not be located. He must have caught up with the elk in deep cover somewhere. This program is dedicated to his memory. “Ami;” this one’s for you.

The Plan
Try to determine the time, as closely as possible, when the animal left. Then, even if you have to call the weather bureau, determine the direction of the prevailing wind at that time. Most dogs proceed into the wind, unless they have a favorite direction of running away, such as towards a school, store, etc., in which case you should make that place your first search target.

If you have another family dog, be sure to take him along with you. Keep the dog on leash, in case he gets the other dog’s scent and tries to bolt. As you cruise around, keep repeating the lost dog’s name. If you see him getting highly excited about a scent, (he will be sniffing the air) park the car and let the dog take you along. If he starts to follow a ground scent, this may mean the wandering dog is close at hand. Trust the dog and let him lead until you either find the lost dog or the trail runs out. In the latter case, go back to the car and continue the search.

If the escape was within half an hour, go to the favorite place (if one exists), or go upwind initially. However if several hours have passed since the animal left, call the local pound and humane authorities with a description. You may find the animal has already been found. It is also helpful to notify the police, local ambulance and taxi companies; leave teh description and your phone number, plus a friend’s number in the event somebody calls while you are out searching.

If there is no wind, it is best to start your search in the direction the dog usually sees family members go when they leave home; or take the direction he travels with you in the car on a regular basis.

Take a picture of the dog with you, even if it is not a recent photograph. Show it to everyone with whom you speak and give them your phone numbers. Canvass your neighborhood thoroughly. Investigate the following types of places very carefully:
– Grocery stores, restaurants and anywhere else food is available. Dogs are often found happily munching on garbage behind such places!
– Parks, school yards and other places that children frequent. Even check the area around the local zoo or farm.
– Check out houses and neighborhoods where you see other dogs or cats, in yards or loose. Canvass these areas with your photo, even if they are miles from your home.

Take your photo to a quick-copy store and print 100 copies of an 8.5 x 11 inch poster with 1/2 inch high letters, as follows:

Distribute copies of your poster to schools, playgrounds, parks, fast-food places, markets, restaurants, zoos, pounds, humane societies, beterinary clinics, police stations, taxi companies, ambulance and fire companies, TV and radio stations, churches and all other places with bulletin boards. Do not limit distribution to a single area. Place your posters in all these places withina 5-mile radius from the place of escape.

Place an ad in the classified sections of your newspapers, especially local shopping news publications. If you suspect the dog may have been takein into a car with someone, widen your search and area of advertising to towns within 20 miles.

* KEEP your posters “fresh”. That is, if they get wet or tattered, replace them.

* DON’T give up. Keep searching for at least 6 months before resigning yourself to the fact that the dog is, indeed, gone from your life.

If this plan doesn’t find your pet, rest assured you have done your utmost.