Your Dog is Lost... Now What?...
Well... You're A Nervous Wreck... You Don't Want To Read A Website Full Of Tips! So, Take A Breath, Call Us, and We Will Walk You Through What Needs To Be Done, and Help You Find Your Dog!
SCV Residents Missing Pet Help Hotline: (661)-402-2251
Please know that the outside links on this page are geared towards Santa Clarita Residents, however the tips will help anyone who is missing their dog have a greater chance at finding them!
- Grab a leash and start to canvas the area where he/she was lost from. Go on foot and in your car with windows down. If you are driving around, shout out the window to your dog (it works best if someone else is driving so you can look around). Use phrases and commands you would normally use with your dog "lets go for a ride", "come", nicknames and other soothing things you tell your dog and use a calm soothing voice!
- Make sure to bring a photo of your dog (on your phone will work).
- Ask anyone you see while you are out if they have seen your dog. This will help give you an idea of the direction your dog may have traveled.
- Call out to your dog while you are walking around.
- If your dog likes other dogs, take another dog on your canvas with you.
- If you still haven't found your dog after canvasing for a couple of hours... it's time to put up signs and start on the next steps... you'll be back to canvas more very soon!
Make Sure To Read our "If Your Dog is UNFRIENDLY or TIMID" & " MY FRIENDLY PIT BULL" Sections Too!
It's time to make LOST/MISSING flyers.
Call Us And We Can Create Signs For You
- Post a copy of the sign on social media: FACEBOOK! Make sure to post it to facebook.com/ScvLostPets we will get to cross-posting it as soon as we see it!
- Recruit friends and family for a SEARCH PARTY and to put up your SIGNS. Put up at least 50. Ask people you pass if they see your dog, DO NOT CHASE HIM/HER. Ask them to crouch down and turn to the side. Call with a happy voice. Leave them with a flyer, If they are unable to get your dog ask them to call you at the number on your flyer.
- Knock on neighbors doors and tell them your dog is missing. If no one is home, leave a copy of your sign on the porch. (Mailboxes are federal property it is against the law to put things in people's mailboxes.)
- Make sure your dog's registered microchip information is UP TO DATE!!! (Dog's who have microchips are legally required to be held longer by the shelters, but that doesn't help if the registered information doesn't lead them to you!)
- Call your local sheriffs department and report your dog missing. They patrol the whole valley and might have better luck seeing your dog. This is especially true for Friendly lost "bully breeds" because of the stigma that comes with the breeds. Alerting the Sheriffs department could help prevent a problem if they find your dog and know it is friendly.
- Make sure to post signs in the local 24-hr veterinary emergency centers in case someone finds your pet in the middle of the night.
- Check your local animal shelter website for your pet. For Santa Clarita it is Castaic Animal Care & Control. You want to make sure you check the lost and found section. All strays are considered "lost and found" for 4 days unless they have some form of identification. After the 4 days they become adoptable to the public. (I.E. if your dog has been missing for more than 4 days make sure to check both the "lost and found" and the "adoptable dogs" section!)
- Dogs are most active at dawn and dusk so make sure your search party is ACTIVE during this time! Make sure to cover the areas where you normally walk your dog.
- If your dog is not friendly towards people you can't go asking them to try and contain him/her for you.
- Give out your number and ask them to call you if they see him/her.
- If your dog is scared/timid, give out your number and ask people to call you if they see your dog!
- On your poster write FRIENDLY BUT SCARED, DO NOT APPROACH!
- Tell search party members if they see your dog, to crouch down and turn to the side. Sit down and wait for the dog to come to them. Tell them to call you immediately. If the dog runs, do not chase it, but keep an eye as the direction it takes, and then follow so they can still see the dog if possible.
- It's bad enough when your dog goes missing, it's even worse when your dog is a "bully breed". People who haven't owned a pit bull may disagree with this statement, but the problem with this is that when a pit bull is running loose on the street, the public is much less likely to be welcoming towards your dog because they've fallen prey to "breed discrimination" and are afraid.
- On your poster write MISSING PIT BULL - VERY FRIENDLY LOVES PEOPLE & DOGS (as long as this is true)
- If your pit is friendly, but timid, follow the guidelines of our timid/scared of people section too!
- Once your pit is back, please consider a "FRIENDLY" Dog Collar so that if this happens again, people will know your dog is friendly and be more comfortable helping when they see him/her on the street.
- It's time to make POSTERS! Click Here for How To Make Posters! These are VITAL to bringing your pet home!
- TAG YOUR CAR! Click Here To See How & Why!
- Be sure to put flyers in all the local VETERINARY OFFICES, PET STORES, DOG PARKS & Local Stores. Tell local postal workers/UPS/FedEX, as well as garbage men that your dog is missing!
- Take a copy of your sign up to your local animal shelter. For Santa Clarita it is Castaic Animal Care & Control.
- Don't give up on foot and car searches. Dogs are most active at dawn and dusk so make sure your search party is ACTIVE during this time! Make sure to cover the areas where you normally walk your dog. Take a map of the local area. Use the spot where your dog went missing from as the center and draw a circle with the radius of a few miles out. Search in a grid pattern and split the search up with multiple groups of people. DON'T SEARCH ONE AREA AND NOT GO BACK TO IT! COMB BACK OVER AN AREA AGAIN AND AGAIN! Every time you walk though an area you are leaving a scent that your dog knows. Dogs use their noses don't forget that! If you lay your scent down in an area it might just attract them back!
- Search all the places you can think of where your dog might travel to: dog parks, fields with small animals to chase, garbage dumps that contain food, places with standing water, restaurant garbage fills, under bushes, under parked cars.
- Check your local animal shelter website for your pet EVERYDAY. For Santa Clarita it is Castaic Animal Care & Control. You want to make sure you check the lost and found section. All strays are considered "lost and found" for 4 days unless they have some form of identification. After the 4 days they become adoptable to the public. (I.E. if your dog has been missing for more than 4 days make sure to check both the "lost and found" and the "adoptable dogs" section!)
PHYSICALLY GO TO THE SHELTER EVERYDAY. There are computer glitches and
not everything always goes as planned... do not let your dog fall through
the cracks. For Santa Clarita it is
Animal Care & Control
- Place a lost and found ad in the local newspaper/classifieds/pennysaver
- Post a lost and found ad on Craigslist http://losangeles.craigslist.org/laf/
- Go to all the shelters within a 50- mile radius of where your pet was lost. Your dog may have traveled beyond your local shelter's service area and be sitting at a neighboring shelter.
- Alert local rescue groups too. Someone may turn your dog over to them instead of the shelter hoping to save them.
PLEASE DO NOT GIVE UP ON FINDING YOUR DOG!
IMPORTANT: Collecting Your Dog From A Shelter/Humane Society!
- It won't just be enough to have a picture of your dog (BUT YOU SHOULD TAKE ONE WITH YOU)!
- Make sure you have your identification and credit card with your name on it with you!
- Be ready to pay any fees associated with them having your dog.
- If your dog is licensed (as it should be) with the organization that has custody of your pet, the person who's name is in the system as owning the pet will be the one who has to come down and claim him/her. This means that if your dog has gone missing, but he/she is registered to your mom under the county paperwork, your mom will have to go down to the shelter (WITH HER IDENTIFICATION AND CREDIT CARD) to pick up your dog! You can avoid this issue by listing multiple owners with the county.
Pet Search and Rescue
Online Organizations Who Help Get The Word Out
- Pet Amber Alert www.petamberalert.com Poster Alerts, Phone Alerts, Pet Amber Alert Options
- Find Toto - California www.findtoto.com/california-lost-pets.html Neighbor phone call alert system
- Lost My Doggie.com
Online Places To Post
- Lost and Found Pets LA lostpetsla.org
- Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals LA www.spcala.com/strays/
- Humane Society Ventura County www.humanesocietyvc.org
- Find Fido findfido.com
- K9 Alert http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9Alert/
- Los Angeles Craigslist http://losangeles.craigslist.org/laf/
- Helping Lost Pets http://www.helpinglostpets.com/#Search
- Center for Lost Pets http://www.thecenterforlostpets.com/
- Lost and Found Pets America http://lostandfoundpetsamerica.com/
- Pets Missing in Action http://petsmissinginaction.com/petads/164_California/
- Fido Finder http://www.fidofinder.com/
- Missing Pet Network http://www.missingpet.net/cgi-bin/search.pl?CA
- Dog Amber Alert http://dogamberalert.com/
- Blogs about Lost Pets http://en.wordpress.com/tag/lost-pets/
- Lost and Pound http://www.lostandpound.com/
- Akekee http://www.akekee.com/
- USA Penny Saver http://www.pennysaverusa.com/classifieds/usa/index.html
- Lost and Found US http://www.lostandfound.us/
- Help Lost Pet http://www.helplostpet.com/
Facebook Pages To Post To / Search
- Missing Pets USA https://www.facebook.com/missingpetsusa
- Lost and Found Dogs In LA County https://www.facebook.com/LostAndFoundDogsInLosAngelesCounty?ref=stream
- Lost and Found Paws In LA Metro Area http://on.fb.me/Hz0pQg
- Lost and Pets L.A. http://www.facebook.com/LostPetsLA?sk=wall
- Lost Dogs Ventura https://www.facebook.com/LostDogVentura
- Lost and Found Furry Friends of the High Desert https://www.facebook.com/LostAndFoundHighDesert?fref=ts
- Kern County's Missing-Pets https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kern-countys-missing-pets/422862874445883?fref=ts
- Rosamond and Mojave Lost and Found Pets https://www.facebook.com/groups/244587948990023/?fref=ts
- San Diego Lost Dogs https://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Diego-Lost-Dogs/143080305964
- Missing Small Dog Alert https://www.facebook.com/MSDAlert
- Helping Lost Pets http://www.facebook.com/pages/Helping-Lost-Pets/122576304467949
- Oliver Alert https://www.facebook.com/OliverAlert?ref=pb
- Missing Pet USA - http://www.facebook.com/missingpetsusa
- Missing Pet Partnership - http://www.facebook.com/missingpetpartnership?sk=wall&v=wall
- Lost Paws Finder https://www.facebook.com/LostPwsFinder
- Lost Pet Found Pet http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lost-Pet-Found-Pet/162625657117463?sk=wall
- California Pet Amber Alert - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Californias-Pet-Amber-Alert/182866565070480?sk=wall
- Lost Dog Search https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lost-Dog-Search/339346860334?sk=wall
- Lost and Found Pets America https://www.facebook.com/lostandfoundpetsamerica?ref=pb
- Pit Bulls Lost/Found/Missing/Stolen https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pit-Bulls-LostFoundMissingStolen/231981680213393?sk=wall
- Lost/Found Pitbulls San Diego, CA https://www.facebook.com/sdlostandfoundpitbulls
- Lost/Found Husky Dogs https://www.facebook.com/huskydogslostfound
- Lost and Found Hounds https://www.facebook.com/LostandFoundHound
- Charlie to the Rescue Crossposts http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=123615467679051
- Haute Dogs https://www.facebook.com/HauteDogs?fref=ts
Animal Shelter Websites
Angeles County Animal Care & Control Lost & Found
- Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control
- Pet Finder.com www.petfinder.com This website can help you check shelters nationwide.
- Adopt a Dog www.adoptadog.com This website can help you check shelters nationwide.
- Pet Harbor www.petharbor.com This website can help you check multiple shelters at once.
- This website is a comprehensive list of
county animals shelters in California...
It's helpful to have tips once your dog has gone missing. What is even better is making sure they don't go missing in the first place, or that if they get lost they have the proper ID so when someone finds them they can get back to you quickly.
- Always Have a COLLAR with IDENTIFICATION tags on your dog!
- Microchip your pet!
Please note our disclaimer: The information
contained on this site is not intended or delivered as medical advice, fact,
or opinion; nor is it in any way a recommendation to not follow the advice
of a trained veterinary professional.