Lost & Found: Resources for Finding or Reporting Lost/Found Dogs & Pets

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Resources for Finding or Reporting Lost/Found Dogs & Pets

Dog Detective Lost & Found Network for Pets
http://dogdetective.com

Dognamic.com
http://www.dognamic.com
set up amber alerts for pets

http://www.rescueink.org/ info@rescueink.org - (631) 7 3 7 - 2 8 3 4
they are getting lots of press…were on Ellen Degeneres’ show

Messages can be posted through K9Alert's web site at
http://www.K9Alert.com or via http://groups.yahoo.com/group/K9Alert.
For more info, please see K9Alert.com or read about K9Alert on Google.
Please note that K9Amber Alert is nation-wide, whereas K9Alert serves
primarily So. CA, because an alert for a lost dog in Los Angeles is not
going to do much good for someone reading about it in Chicago a day
later (K9Amber Alert is monitored, whereas alerts on K9Alert reaches the
public 24/7, as soon as they are posted). When K9Alert get alerts from
other states, we cross-post it on K9Amber Alert & to rescuers in those
states.

I am pleased to announce the formation of the "Finding Animals Stolen
Tipline" (FAST), a new clearinghouse for people in the New England Area
to post pictures and information about their animals who are believed to
be stolen.
It can be accessed at: www.fastnewengland.org
Notably, the FAST site includes a live message forum, FAST TALK, for
instantaneous reporting of sightings, or for those who wish to offer support.
I am a professional Animal Communicator and am providing FAST as a
free public service, through my consultancy practice, Animal Translations (www.AnimalTranslations.com).
Maureen Harmonay

Sterling, MALEASE CROSSPOST!
Losing a pet may be one of the most heartbreaking and anxiety-
producing situations anyone will ever experience. We are here to make
the search for your lost pet fast, easy and thorough. Getting your pet
home to you quickly and safely is what we're all about.
Dogs, cats and other household pets slip out of their homes and away
from their owners every day even in the most loving and pet-centric
homes. Now, for the first time, Lostandpound.com provides an
ABSOLUTELY FREE resource to help owners reunite with their lost pets.
Lostandpound.com allows pet owners to post pictures and descriptions
of their lost pets including the location where they were last seen. Upon
entering this information, a LOST PET ALERT is sent immediately via
email to a combination of participating veterinarians, animal shelters,
police stations, media outlets, pet service companies and "neighborhood
watch volunteers" within a 15-mile radius of where your pet was lost.
http://www.lostandpound.com/
http://www.lostandpound.com/index.php?ccsForm=volunteer_signup_form

Resources for Finding or Reporting Lost/Found Dogs & Pets:
An Alphabetized List.
American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery Program
http://www.akccar. org/
For animals with tattoos or microchips.
If the animal is enrolled in the program, the owner will be called
immediately.
To report a lost or found pet, contact:
AKC Companion Animal Recovery 24 hours a day by:
calling 800-252-7894,
faxing 919-233-1290,
or via email at found@akc.org

Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc
www.brooklinelabres cue.org

Dog Owner's Guide Lost Pet page
http://www.canismaj or.com/dog/ lostdog.html
Tips on how to get your dog back

Fido Finder
http://www.fidofind er.com/
By breed lists of Lost and Found Dogs

K9 Amber Alert:
http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/K9AmberAle rt/
Must join to post. This is a moderated list. Note the rules. Photos and
other attachments will be stripped so be prepared to narrate.

Lost Dog Search
http://www.lostdogs earch.com/
Based in southeastern Massachusetts, LostDogSearch is a one-person
volunteer operation that provides free information, guidance, and
support through this website, emails, and phone calls.

LOST IN OH
http://www.thepetre scue.com/ States/Oh/ gorescue. html

Lost Paws:
http://www.lostpaws .com/
A free service to help reunite owners with their lost animals. You can
report a lost or found pet or search the reports already in their database.

Lost Pets International
http://www.flealess .org/lostpets/
Provides links by state for posting notices of lost and missing pets

Lost Pet SOS
http://lostpetsos. org/
Provides a searchable database of lost and found pets

MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue
www.sibes.com

Missing Pet Network
www.missingpet. net
The MPN is a group of volunteers sponsored by the USDA Animal Care
Office, who help people find missing pet animals. They accept no money,
make no endorsements, and use no advertising.

Missing Pet Partnership
http://www.lostapet .org/
Provides information on the behavioral patterns of lost dogs and tips
on how to create giant, florescent poster-boards that have proven
highly effective in recovering lost dogs

National Dog Registry
http://www.national dogregistry. com/
Tracing of lost dogs with tattoos

Operation KONA
http://www.operatio nkona.org/
Lost and Found Pets across the U.S.

PA NJ DOG and PET EVENTS
http://pets. groups.yahoo. com/group/ PA_NJ_DOG_ and_PET_EVENTS/
Lost and found dogs and cats in the southeastern Pennsylvania and all
of New Jersey area may also be posted here:

Peanuts Friends
http://www.peanutsf riends.org/
A lost and found pets website exclusively for southwest georgia.

Pet Detectives, Inc.
http://www.petdetec tivesinc. com
Licensed PI Coaching by phone or on site search

Pet Hunters International
http://www.pethunte rs.com/
Maintains a national listing of certified pet detectives who offer lost
pet services Some resouces have MAR (missing animal response) cat
detection dogs and/or MAR trailing dogs trained to track the scent
trail of lost dogs while others offer consultations.

Petfinder
www.petfinder. com
Pet Finder is a site used by shelters and rescue groups to post adoptable
dogs. Many strays not claimed by their families end up being posted for
adoption at Pet Finder. This site should be checked routinely when
searching for any missing dog! Click on "Pet Search" (as if you were
looking to adopt a dog of a certin breed) and you can see photos of
various available dogs. It would be great if someone had the time to
simply research posts to the Amber Alert list and cross check them
to the Pet Finder web site-- even up to two weeks after a missing dog
is posted. You might just find lost dogs listed for adoption on this site! :)

Petzinjam
http://www.petznjam .com/
The information on this site is updated daily and goes to several
southeastern Michigan shelters where volunteers use it to match
up animals with owners.

Returnmypet. com
http://www.returnmy pet.com/
Offers advice and links to permit you to post an ad for a month.

Sherlock Bones
http://www.sherlock bones.com/
Commercial service for locating lost pets.

I have just started a new Yahoo group called MissingPetsNetwork.
interested in joining, please visit: http://groups.
yahoo.com/ group/missingpet snetwork/
Thank you for all that you do for the animal beings!
Shelter Buds
Grace Flynn
Bourbonnais, IL
Grace Flynn" shelterbuds@sbcglobal.net

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/USA_ALL_LOST_PETS/
Description
This site was made to post any and all pets lost anywhere in the USA.
I saw so many on rescue sites but they can get lost there. Maybe this
will help one find its way home.
Our featured pet is a Boston Terrier Strawberry, missing from Villawood
Ln. Garland Texas near Dallas Texas. I will update the photos from
time to time on the home page. If you have one you want posted just
contact me.
Maggie

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/missingfoundpets/
Description
This group is an extension of the Midwest Missing Pet Network,
BUT ALLOWS FOR THE POSTING OF LOST/FOUND PETS WORLDWIDE.
It is not a typical 'discussion' group in that the objectives of this
group are to facilitate communications between those working in
animal welfare related activities, pet owners, and other interested
parties, related SOLELY to Lost/Found Pets, Disasters and other
Urgent situations affecting pets in the Midwest.

1. Do not post ads for animals that are offered for sale.
2. Flaming, foul language, and/or rude postings are NOT allowed.
3. SPAMMING or commercial messages are NOT allowed.
4. Do not post solicitations or commercial messages.

The types of posts appropriate for the list include: Lost or Found Pet
Information, Animal Welfare information related to disaster response
or other critical situations.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Amber_Alerts_Missing_People_AMW/
Description
This group is for posting and viewing missing CHILDREN, ADULTS,
PETS, and viewing AMERICAS MOST WANTED. Please post a picture of
the missing persons or pet with all the details, NO other post will
be allowed. NO advertising groups or you will be banned. You may
post as many times as you want.
IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE SEEN A MISSING CHILD, call The National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Amber_Alerts_Missing_people_AMW

LOST DOGS
K9 Amber Alert. This is a nationwide group and is to be used for posting
alerts for missing dogs throughout the United States but not limited to:
dogs escaped or suspected taken from backyards, dog shows, and
caretakers. Photos can be uploaded to the group.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/K9AmberAlert/

http://dogdetective.com/found-dog.cfm ;
http://www.k9alert.com lost dogs
www.HelpmefindMYPET.com Blair Ganske Dir. Shelter Outreach
866-699-3463 blair@helpmefindmypet.com;
http://newjersey.craigslist.org/about/cities.html post- City; State, Pets
www.lostapet.org
Camden County,NJ- LOST PETS- K-9 SAR Services- Julie Cimini- www.julielovespuppies.com 609-636-4650


LOST PET BEHAVIOR:
How to Provide Recovery Tips That Save Lives
By Kathy “Kat” Albrecht

There is a science to finding lost people. Professional trained
searchers don’t wander aimlessly in the woods when searching
for a missing hiker. Instead, an organized search plan is implemented
based on the knowledge of the behavioral patterns of lost people.
For example, backpackers behave differently when lost and travel
different distances than do hunters, berry pickers, and Alzheimer’s
patients. And because search-and-rescue mangers are so familiar
with these patterns of behavior, they can accurately predict where a
lost person will be found. Backpackers are typically found on or near
an established trail, hunters are typically found deep in the woods,
and Alzheimer’s patients are typically found within a ¼ mile radius of
where they became lost.

So what do we know about the behavioral patterns of lost pets? Thanks
to Missing Pet Partnership, a grassroots nonprofit organization, we know
that the three most common lost pet recovery tips that we give (place
a classified Ad in the paper, post flyers in your neighborhood, and visit
the local animal shelter every day) are not always the best pieces of
advice! That’s because dogs are much different than cats. The methods
that should be used to search for a lost dog, an outdoor-access cat that
has vanished from its territory, and an indoor-only cat that has escaped
outside are all entirely different methods. Dogs travel and are picked up
by rescuers who determine their fate, the disappearance of an outdoor-
access cat means that something has happened to interrupt that cat’s
behavior of coming home, and indoor-only cats that escape outdoors hide
in silence near their escape point. And it is not only the behaviors of lost
dogs and cats that have been overlooked – the behaviors of the people who
lose their pets and the behaviors of the people who find those lost pets
impact the chances that a lost pet will be returned home.

Understanding these human and animal behaviors will increase the
likelihood that lost pets will be found. Here is what we know so far:

LOST CAT BEHAVIOR

Outdoor-Access Cats:
Cats are territorial. When an outdoor-access cat suddenly vanishes,
it means that something has happened to that cat to interrupt its
normal behavior of returning home. The disappearance could mean
that the cat is injured, trapped, or deceased within its territory. It
could also mean that the cat was transported out of the area—either
intentionally (by an irate neighbor who trapped the cat) or
unintentionally (by the cat climbing into an opened parked van).
It could also mean that the cat was displaced into unfamiliar territory—
something as simple as being chased by a dog causing the cat to
hide under a deck a block from home. When this happens, the
temperament of the cat will influence how it behaves. When displaced
into unfamiliar territory, some cats will be so panicked and afraid
they will remain in the same hiding place for weeks and they will
never return home while others will break cover within hours and
return home. The investigative question to solve when an outdoor-
access cat disappears is: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAT?

Indoor-Only Cats:
The territory for an indoor-only cat is the inside of the home where
it lives. When an indoor-only cat escapes outdoors, it is “displaced”
into unfamiliar territory. Usually they will look for the first place
that will offer concealment and protection. Their instinctive response
is to HIDE IN SILENCE because that is their primary protection from
predators. How long they remain in that hiding place and what they
do from there is dependant upon their temperament. Using baited
humane traps as a recovery tool is a highly effective method for
recovering displaced, panicked cats that are hiding. The investigative
question to solve when an indoor-only cat escapes outdoors is:
WHERE IS THE CAT HIDING?

Temperaments That Influence Distances Traveled:
Temperament influences actions. How a cat behaves when in its
normal territory will influence how it behaves when it becomes
“lost” or displaced into unfamiliar territory. Encourage cat owners
to develop a search strategy based on the specific behavior of their
cat. Here are guidelines to use:

CURIOUS/CLOWN CAT – These are gregarious cats that get into trouble
easily, run to the door to greet a stranger, and are not easily afraid of
anything. When displaced, these cats might initially hide but then they
will most likely TRAVEL. Strategy for recovery should be to place
florescent posters within at least a five block radius. Also, interview
neighbors in a door-to-door search, thoroughly searching possible
hiding places in yards of houses and other areas within a close
proximity to the escape point. Do not assume that the cat will
come when you call!

CARE-LESS CAT – These aloof cats don’t seem to care much about
people. When a stranger comes in, they stand back and watch.
When displaced they will likely initially hide, but eventually they will
break cover and come back to the door, meow, or possibly travel.
Strategy should be to search hiding places nearby, interview neighbors
door-to-door and search their yards. If these efforts do not produce
results, consider setting a baited humane trap.

CAUTIOUS CAT – These cats are generally stable but they show
occasional shyness. They like people but when a stranger comes to
the door, they dart and hide. Some of these cats peek around the
corner and eventually come out to investigate. When displaced,
they will likely immediately hide in fear. If not pushed (scared off)
from their hiding place, they will typically return to the point where
they escaped from or they will meow when the owner comes to look
for them. This behavior typically is observed either within the first
two days (after the cat has built up confidence) or not until seven to
ten days later when their hunger or thirst has reached a point where
they will respond. Strategy would be to conduct a tightly focused
search in neighbors’ yards and to set baited humane traps.

CATATONIC/XENOPHOBIC CAT – Xenophobia means “fear or hatred of
things strange or foreign.” Xenophobic cats are afraid of EVERYTHING
that is new or unfamiliar. Their fearful behavior is hardwired into their
character; it is caused by genetics and/or kittenhood experiences
(nature or nurture). These cats will hide when a stranger comes into
their home, and they typically will not come out until well after the
company has left. They do not do well with human contact (being
held, petted, etc.) and they are easily disturbed by any change in their
environment. When displaced, they bolt and then HIDE IN SILENCE.
They tend to remain in the same hiding place and become almost
catatonic, immobilized with fear. If they are found by someone other
than their owners, they are typically mistaken as being untamed or
“feral.” The primary strategy to recover these cats would be to set
baited humane traps. Xenophobic cats that become “lost” are routinely
absorbed into the feral cat population.

LOST DOG BEHAVIOR

Dogs are much more difficult to recover than lost cats because they travel
farther and they are picked up by rescuers who determine their fate. There
are six major factors that influence the distances that lost dogs travel:
Temperament, Circumstances, Weather, Terrain, Appearance, and
Population Density.

Temperament of the Dog
How a dog behaves towards strangers influences how far it will travel
(when lost) before someone intervenes and rescues it. There are three
primary behavioral categories that lost dogs are classified into:
Gregarious Dogs, Aloof Dogs, and Xenophobic Dogs.

GREGARIOUS DOGS:
Wiggly-butt, friendly dogs are more inclined to go directly up to the
first person who calls them. Depending on the terrain and population
density where the dog was lost, these dogs will generally be found
fairly close to home or will be picked up by someone close to the
escape point. Gregarious dogs are often “adopted” by individuals
(not shelter or rescue workers) who find them.

ALOOF DOGS: Dogs with aloof temperaments are wary of strangers
and will initially avoid human contact. Eventually, they will be inclined
to accept human contact once they have overcome fear issues and
become hungry enough. While these dogs can travel a great distance,
aloof dogs eventually can be enticed with food and patience, typically
by experienced rescuers who know how to approach and capture a
wary dog. These dogs are often recovered by rescue group volunteers,
and their wariness can be easily misinterpreted as “abused.” In addition,
these dogs are often not recovered for weeks or months after their
escape, giving them the physical appearance (thinness, injuries,
stickers, ticks, etc.) that they are homeless, abused, and unloved.

XENOPHOBIC (FEARFUL) DOGS: Xenophobia means “fear or hatred of
things strange or foreign”. Dogs with xenophobic temperaments (due
to genetics and/or puppyhood experiences) are more inclined to travel
farther and are at a higher risk of being hit by cars. Due to their
cowering, fearful behavior, people assume these dogs were “abused”,
and even if the dog has ID tags, they will refuse to contact the previous
owner. Some of these panic-stricken dogs will even run from their
owners! It may be necessary to use other dogs to get close enough to
capture them or to use baited dog traps.

Circumstances Surrounding the Disappearance
A dog that digs out from a yard to explore a scent will tend to travel
a short distance before it is found—meandering and doubling back as
it explores a scent. On the other hand, a dog that bolts in panic due
to fireworks or thunder will take off at a blind run and can run for
several miles.

Weather
A dog that escapes on a beautiful spring day may travel farther than
one that escapes in a snow storm. Extreme weather conditions (snow,
hail, rain, sweltering heat) will decrease the distances that lost dogs travel.

Terrain
A dog that escapes in a residential area will not travel as far as a dog
that escapes in a mountainous area. Fences that create barriers will
influence a dog’s travel since a dog will tend to take the “path of least
resistance” when traveling. Cactus, heavy brush, and steep cliffs can
be barriers that influence whether or dog continues on a path or
changes directions.

Appearance of the Dog
What a dog looks like can influence how quickly it will be picked up by
a rescuer. In general, most people are less inclined to pull over and
attempt to grab a loose Pit bull they perceive as being “aggressive” than
they would a “friendly” wiggly Labrador Retriever. Also, size matters:
people are more inclined to pick up small dogs - they look vulnerable
and are easier to transport and house than large dogs. In addition, people
are more likely to attempt to rescue a purebred dog that they perceive to
have value than a mixed breed dog. When average motorists see a mixed
breed dog trotting down the sidewalk, their impression is often that the
dog belongs in the neighborhood or that it is a homeless stray. But
when those same people see a Boston Terrier, they are inclined to believe
that, because it is a “valuable purebred dog”, it must be a lost pet.

Population Density
A dog that escapes in Manhattan will travel a shorter distance than will
a dog that escapes in the Rocky Mountains or in rural farmland. When
dogs escape into areas with a high number of people, their chances of
being found close to the escape point are increased. But in areas with
an extremely low number of people, they tend to travel further and their
chances of being found close to the escape point are decreased. A dog
that escapes in the middle of the night will travel farther before being
seen than a dog that escapes during rush hour traffic.

HUMAN BEHAVIORS

Guardian Behaviors
Guardians often behave in ways that actually inhibit their chances
of recovering their lost pets. Some develop a “wait and see” approach
(believing their pet will return home like Lassie) and by the time they
start actively looking, the vital first few hours to locate their pet (or
witnesses who saw the pet) are gone. Others develop “tunnel vision”
and fail to find their dog or cat because they focus on wrong theories.
They assume their dog was “stolen and sold to research” when in fact
their dog might have been rescued and put up for adoption through a
local adoption event. They experience “grief avoidance” and quickly
give up their search effort because they really believe they will never
see their cat again. They feel helpless and alone, often discouraged by
others who rebuke them and tell them “it was just a dog” and “you’ll
never find your cat.” In addition, the level of human animal bond (HAB)
will influence the recovery efforts of a lost pet. People with a strong
HAB will go to extremes to find their lost pet. They will accomplish
the “impossible” task of visiting all shelters, posting flyers, and
contacting rescue groups while maintaining a full-time job and other
family commitments.

One of the primary reasons why so many lost cats are never found is
that cat guardians focus their entire search efforts by posting lost cat
flyers and by searching the cages at the local shelter. Although these
techniques are important and should not be overlooked, the primary
technique to recover a missing cat should be to obtain permission
from all neighbors to enter their yards and conduct an aggressive,
physical search for the missing cat (and to set baited humane traps
there when necessary). Simply asking a neighbor to “look” for the lost
cat is not sufficient! Neighbors are not going to crawl around on their
bellies under their decks or houses to search for someone else’s lost
cat! It is up to the guardians to do this! In addition, the failure to
microchip and place a collar with an ID tag are a major contributing
factor to lost dogs and cats never finding their way back home. Indoor-
only cats and dogs that seldom go places are all at risk of escaping
when a burglar breaks into a home or when a natural disaster strikes.
The amount of dogs and cats that were displaced from their homes
and unidentifiable during Hurricane Katrina is staggering. Thousands
of these animals were transported to animal shelters and sanctuaries
all across the country, making a reunion with the family who might be
searching for them nearly impossible. Losing a pet is like cancer – most
people don’t give it much thought and most never believe it will happen
to them. If you haven’t done so already, make sure all of your animals
have collars, ID tags, and microchips.

Rescuer Behaviors
The behaviors of people who find stray dogs differ from the behaviors
of people who find lost cats. People who find stray dogs with skittish
temperaments often misinterpret the dog’s behavior. They assume
that the cowering, fearful dog was “abused” when in fact the dog has
a xenophobic temperament and has been shy and fearful since it was
a puppy, due to genetics and puppyhood experiences. For this reason,
it is recommended that dogs with xenophobic temperaments should
wear an additional tag on their collar that says, “I’M AFRAID, NOT
ABUSED!” Dogs found in rural areas are often assumed to be “dumped”
and homeless; many rescuers never think this could be a dog that was
lost. Some people who find a stray dog that does not have a collar
automatically assume it is “homeless” and therefore they immediately
work to place the dog rather than attempt to find the dog’s owner. In
addition, the first place where the owner of a lost dog will search for
their dog – the local shelter – is typically the last place that someone
who finds a loose dog will take it (due to the fear of euthanasia)!

When people find stray cats, they also misinterpret behaviors. When
rescuers observe a cat with a xenophobic temperament they assume,
based on the cowering and skittish behavior, that the cat is an untamed
“feral.” For this reason, it is recommended that cats with xenophobic
temperaments should wear an additional tag on their break-away
collars that says, “I’M FEARFUL, NOT FERAL!” While it is true that feral,
untamed cats that are unaccustomed to human contact will hiss, spit,
twirl, lunge, and urinate when humanely trapped, this “wild animal”
behavior is also common in cats who have xenophobic temperaments!
We know this because we have talked to owners of lost xenophobic
cats that had to be humanely trapped in order to be recovered; the
owners verified that their cats exhibited wild behavior while in the
humane trap. These behaviors are a reflection of a fearful
TEMPERAMENT, not a lack of TAMENESS. Shelter and TNR workers
should scan all “feral” cats for microchips and conduct research
(check Classifieds, lost cat reports, etc.) to determine if the new
“feral” is actually someone’s xenophobic pet cat that escaped outdoors,
perhaps several weeks or months before it was found.

A Final Word
Missing Pet Partnership’s web site (www.lostapet.org) lists lost pet
recovery tips based on the analysis of lost pet behavior. With the
knowledge of these human and animal behaviors and new suggested
methods on how to recover a lost pet, we can better guide guardians
and increase the probability that they will bring the lost animal that
they love back home.

Kathy “Kat” Albrecht is a former police detective-turned-pet detective
and author of “THE LOST PET CHRONICLES: ADVENTURES OF A K-9 COP
TURNED PET DETECTIVE.” Kat is the founder of Missing Pet Partnership
(www.lostapet.org) a national nonprofit organization working to conduct
research into the behavioral patterns of lost pets while providing seminars
and educational materials for shelter workers and volunteers. Kat is also
the CEO of Pet Hunters International (www.pethunters.com) the first-ever
pet detective academy that trains and certifies technicians and search
dogs to track lost pets.

The Tragedy of Stolen Dogs
Please cross post these homegrown tips and ask folks to add to them
as they see fit. We must keep our dogs safe! Big dogs are vulnerable
too, maybe not as much as the little ones, but all dogs are vulnerable
to evil people.

1. Microchip your dog.
2. Train your dog to take treats only from you. When your best friend
comes over with a treat, give it to your dog in your hand.
3. Do not leave your dog unattended in a fenced yard, no matter how
secure, no matter how short a time. Escort your dog out to do his
business and bring him back in. Or sit with him/her, enjoying the fine
weather.Besides stealing dogs, people can and do throw poisoned
meat over the fence, lure ANY size dog away (100 pound German
Shepherd!) with raw meat, tease it, torment it, shoot it with bee bee
guns and more, throw things at it. When you leave the house, bring
the dog in. If the dog must be secured, there are kennels, puppy
playpens for inside. Better safe even if there is a bit of pee or
poop on the floor or an eaten pillow to greet you upon your return.
4. If the dog acts nervous around someone, there is a reason for it. Do
not chastise the dog for this behavior. Trust his/her instincts.
5. Lock your doors! In my neighborhood, a small dog was stolen by a
salesman who acted as if he were leaving. The homeowner shut the
door, left it unlocked, and walked away. The dog remained by the door,
barking. The salesman quickly opened the door, reached for the
dog, and it was never seen again.
6. More and more states are implementing an animal abuse hotline. It's
great because it doesn't involve local law enforcement or animal control
who are frequently overwhelmed. Check with your particular state's
government.
• Report your dog missing as soon as you realize he/ she is gone. Don't wait.
• Enlist your neighbors help.
• Keep pictures of your dog for identification.
• Check the areas closest to your house, first, like arroyos, behind bushes,
where a dog may be hiding, too frightened and lost to make it's way back home
• 7. Handicapped (hearing or sight impaired, for example) dogs and
elderly dogs SHOULD NEVER go into a yard alone or be chained for any
period of time. If you have more than one dog, they should go together
and come back in quickly. Dogs need their humans more than
they need blue sky and green grass. Let them look out the windows if
they just have to see what's going on in the neighborhood.
8. If your dog needs socialization and exercise take him/her to the
local dog park. Do not turn your door over to an acquaintance or
"professional" dog walker or sitter without substantial background
checking and references. Such a person can always say, "Oh, the dog
ran away from me!" and you may never know what happened.
9. Teach your dog to come on command! Dog whistles are great!

The most unfriendly of dogs, the least trusting of dogs, can still be
bested by a vile human intent on taking advantage of it, hurting it,
selling it into medical research. Don't let this happen!

Please add to this list! Let's work to keep our animals safe.

Posted on SHARE Yahoo group - Dec. 29, 2009