Lost and Found
The first thing you should do if your dog or puppy is lost is to visit all local animal services as soon as possible. Most animal departments will only keep a dog or puppy for a few days before they euthanize. You may also want to take a printout that includes a photo and description of your dog and follow up with them frequently. The information you provide to one person may not always be shared with other employees. Keep checking in with them, and don't assume that they will call you cause they don't if a pet matching your dog or puppy's description shows up at the shelter. You must pay a personal visit and look for your dog or puppy.
It cannot be stressed enough, you must visit ALL local shelters as often as you possibly can. It is not uncommon that a dog or puppy is registered as the wrong sex or breed and a verbal check over the phone will not suffice. Residents of Nevad should also note that a Clark County dog or puppy can be put in any shelter within Clark County, Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas, etc. People living outside city limits are at a very high risk of not getting their dogs or puppies returned.
Post flyers around your neighborhood. Click here to download your own lost pet flyer.
This is one of the most effective ways to locate your missing dog or puppy. Please remember to remove them after your dog is found.
Check the local lost and found section of your local newspaper, and post an ad.
Check your dog's or puppies' collar and make sure that it's not so loose that it will slip off. Take a look at your ID tag and make sure that it is legible. The text on many ID tags often wears away.
Get you dog or puppy chipped. A small silicon chip can be embedded in your dogs or puppies' skin by your vet. Please do not do this yourself. These "chips" are not computer chips and won't give away any personal information. The chip can be read by a scanner at the shelter to reveal a serial number. That number can then be traced back to you on a central databank. It might save your dog's or puppy's life.
Make it a habit to regularly check your fence perimeter, gate latches, and any tie out devices you may have.
To see our 10 Lost and Found Hints & Tips, Click here
Nevada Rescue Groups Click here
National Pet locator
Pet Finder - A national pet location service. Use the lost and found service located in the classified section.
Pets 911 - A national pet location service. Lost & Found link on the main page.
Missing Pet Network - The MPN is a group of volunteers sponsored by the USDA Animal Care Office, who help people find missing pet animals.
Internet Lost and Found - A national Internet lost and found service that includes pets.