Missing your pet?
If your pet is missing, here is a list of things that YOU as the owner should do in finding them:
- Your dog should ALWAYS have proper identification:
- License Tag (can be obtained through your Town Clerk or Shelter)
- Name Tag (make sure to have a current phone number on it!)
- Rabies Tag (which you get through your Vet)
Cats do not have to be licensed in NYS, however, they must be current on rabies vaccinations. A breakaway collar with a small name tag would help to identify your cat in case they ever went missing outdoors.
- Have your pet Microchipped. It is a quick way to have a permanent ID tag on your pet. No bigger than a grain of rice, it is safely inserted under the skin above your pet’s shoulder blades, and directly under the skin. If your pet is picked up by the Humane Society or brought to a vet clinic, your pet will be scanned by a special device, which will read the microchip’s number. With that number, they will be able to locate you! Contact your veterinarian to see if the microchipping service is available. If microchipping is not available, mention that you are very interested and they would be offering a great service if they had it available to their clients.
- Contact your local animal shelter immediately. Give them a photo and a complete description of your missing pet, where the pet went missing and what kind of identification your pet has. You can find local animal shelter phone numbers in the yellow pages of your phone book. In our area, shelters can be found in:
Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh, Peru, Westport, Malone, Massena, Potsdam and Watertown.
There are many more shelters found toward Albany, and further south in NY.
- Contact area newspapers, and place an ad (most of them are free) that your pet is missing. If you look in the yellow pages, under “N” (for newspapers!) you will find a list of papers. Contact as many as possible – the more area that is covered, the greater chance of finding your pet.
- Contact your veterinarian's office. Most of them will allow fliers to be posted to advertise your missing pet.
- Post a missing pet ad online. Websites like Petfinder.com offer free listings for people to post their lost or found pets.
- Call your local Radio station and ask if they can announce on-air that your pet is missing. Many stations will announce lost and found pets – so make sure to ask them if someone has contacted them already about finding a dog like yours.
- Create fliers that are brightly colored with a photo of your missing pet. Colored or black and white – as long as it is a clear photo of your pet. Post them everywhere. Most stores have bulletin boards that you can post fliers on. You can also put fliers between neighbor’s doors or under windshield blades of vehicles.
- Call your local Post Office, UPS or FedEx carriers to make them aware that your dog is missing, so he or she can keep an eye out while on their delivery route.
- Contact your local Cable Provider. Some local cable access stations offer the public a community bulletin board where they can place ads that run on the TV – usually for free!
- Call your local Police or State Police. At times, they receive calls from concerned motorists or pedestrians about dogs that are running loose in traffic or on sidewalks. They will be able to contact the local Dog Control/Animal Control Officer and make them aware that your dog is missing.
- If you believe your dog is lost in the woods, contact your local Department of Environmental Conservation office and notify them. The NYSDEC En.Con. Officers and NYS Rangers may be able to assist you in finding your lost dog if you are able to give them enough information about where the dog was lost. If you lost your dog while out hiking, post a notice at the trailhead with your contact information, that way any future hikers will be made aware of what your dog looks like if they find it.
Lost your pet? Please download this form, fill it out and put it everywhere all over town and neighboring towns. Most business will allow posters to be put in their windows or bulletin boards. You can also put posters between your neighbors doors or under wiperblades.