to Find Your Four Legged Friend
It is a terrible feeling
to find out that your beloved companion animal is
missing. However, the best action is to be proactive
with your search. Here are some tips and ideas to
your house thoroughly from top to bottom.
- Check all closets,
cupboards and anywhere else where your animal
may have gotten trapped. Retrace your steps
and look in any place that he or she may have
followed you or other members of the family.
- Animals can get
into some pretty tight places- don't leave any
space unturned! Go in, under and behind washing
machines, closets, furniture, beds, crawl spaces,
cabinets...you get the idea! Take a flashlight
for dark spots.
- Move outside to
garages, sheds, barns, trees, vehicles, porches
or any other good hiding places for a frightened
animal with your flashlight for dark spots.
Don't assume he is not there just because he
is not responding to your voice. Most animals
in unfamiliar territory will try to make themselves
invisible and may not respond to you calling
around the neighborhood.
- Before you leave
the house, grab a leash or a carrier to contain
your animal and a flashlight. He might be too
afraid to come to you or he might try to run
away again. Take your cell phone and another
person, especially if it’s dark in case
you need help.
- Talk to neighbors-let
them know that your companion is missing.
- Make some noise.
Shake a bag of their favorite treats while calling
their name, squeak their favorite toy, or any
other familiar noises that they will know.
- Dogs are often
good at locating a lost animal. If you can take
a dog with you, it might be helpful.
- Post signs with
a photo of the animal and phone number; as many
as possible within a two mile radius. Make sure
you have your cell phone charged up at all times
or your phone has a working answering machine
to take messages when you are away. If you want
to offer a reward, don’t list the amount.
A reward is not essential, but it may motivate
someone to contact you instead of keeping the
animal. Always withhold at least one important
piece of information so that you can verify
that the animal is really yours if and when
you receive calls. Make sure you expressly state
that reward will only be given after the pet
is safely returned.
- When it
is time to meet someone to be reunited with
your animal, never go alone and suggest a place
where a lot of people congregate or a police
strong scented articles outside of your home to
attract your pet.
- Items such as
a cat's litter box, bedding or favorite toy.
- Smelly food such
as tuna, chicken, hot dogs (or lettuce and carrots
for herbivores) or other delicious treats.
Call Animal Control
Milwaukee County, be sure to report that your
animal is missing to Milwaukee Area Domestic
Animal Control as soon as possible. MADACC
is responsible for picking up and holding
stray animals. Visiting their facility is
the best way to find out if your animal is
there. They are located at 3839 W. Burnham
Street in West Milwaukee. You can also go
to their website at www.madacc.com
or call them at 414-649-8640.
Waukesha County, the Humane
Animal Welfare Society and Elmbrook
Humane Society takes in strays depending
on location. Click on their names to visit
their website for more information.
Ozaukee County, the Wisconsin
Humane Society: Ozaukee Campus works with stray animals.
Washington County, the Washington
Humane Society works with stray animals.
County residents should contact Countryside
Humane Society to report their animal
other city and county humane services, go
to look for an agency in your community.
off a flyer to your local animal control agency
an ad in the newspaper in the "Lost and Found" section.
- Also be sure to
check the "found" section of the newspaper each
- When it is time
to meet someone to be reunited with your animal,
never go alone and suggest a place where a lot
of people congregate or a police department.
If your fears are realized.
as it may be, lost animals sometimes get hit
by cars. To find out if your animal was picked
up in Milwaukee by the Dept. of Neighborhood
Services, call 414-286-8282.
8. Don't give
- Keep looking!
The best chance you have of finding your lost
animal is to continue your search in your neighborhood,
on-line and at animal control.
Remember, if you have
lost your companion animal, contact your local animal
control agency (see above information) immediately.
You can also fill out our L.O.S.T. (Locate Our Stray
Today) informational profile that will be sent to
volunteers in your neighborhood who will watch for
your lost animal. Click
here to use this service now.