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If you find that your pet is LOST:

Written by Jackie Kelum

  • As soon as you notice your pet is gone, do NOT wait several hours in hopes your pet will return - start the search process immediately.
  • Hopefully your pet wears a collar and ID tag at all times , and you have a recent picture of your pet. This will help with the recovery process.

  • Your frightened pet may hide from people, run away if he sees a person; he may even run away from you.

  • Call your pet's name, and talk in normal tones. The best time to call for your pet is at sundown/ night time , and at dawn. When searching, bring his favorite food treat or squeaky toy.

  • Spread the word! Walk in your neighborhood, at least daily. Stop and speak with every person you encounter. The more people that know about your lost pet, the more likely the one person who spots him will call you. Check with children in your neighborhood – they are great resources and see things that adults may not see.

  • Make sure people know there is a reward for the return of your lost pet, and pay the reward when your pet is returned by the person who has found your pet.

  • Make posters and flyers. Keep it simple: " LOST DOG (or cat)! " Info on flyer should include: (A) a recent photograph, (B) where last seen [ cross streets & 'city' - not your address ] and © when [date] the dog was last seen, (D) contact phone number and "Reward!" . This same info should also be included on any web boards postings.

  • Visit and distribute flyers to all your neighbors, post them on your local street corners, veterinary clinics, animal shelters, grooming places, large stores with bulletin boards, and pet supply stores. Post a lost dog notice on local web boards.

  • Give stacks of flyers to friends and family and have them go door to door. Provide flyers to local people like the gas delivery man, the garbage pick-up men, water delivery men, and anyone else you know who moves around your neighborhood in their daily routines. Even distribute at a school that may be near your house – children are great searchers.

  • On an on-going basis check local web boards , and other social media options, to see if anyone has posted a notice that they have found a dog that might possibly match your pet. Your messages may have crossed paths.

  • Keep visiting your local shelters with a current pictures of your dog. You might find someone you haven't talked to before who has information.

  • Also, check where you posted your lost flyers to make sure they're still there and haven't been covered over. Keep a few flyers in your car or purse when you are out, in case you have the opportunity to talk with someone else.

Do not give up hope - some recoveries have taken a few weeks before the return of a lost pet.

When you have found your lost pet, remove "lost" posters, let your neighbors know, update the web boards, and celebrate your reunion.

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I hope people will keep adding to these suggestions with ideas that have been helpful.

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there are lots of GPS tags available now, especially for luggage. I bet they would work on a dog collar. All you need is a smart phone and they are under $20 US.

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You may want to include on your poster that your dog takes daily medication. If an unscrupulous person has your dog and thinks it might be sick, they will oft times return it for the reward.  This worked for someone I know, otherwise she would have never gotten her dog back.  He was lost in Riberas and a person had him in west Ajijic.

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We have found a lost pup, well behaved and cute as a button.  We want him to find his family.  Could you tell me where is the proper place to post please.  Female and found in West Ajijic.  We are not looking for people to adopt her..yet.. We believe she has had a haircut recently although perhaps not by an experienced groomer.

thanks 766-5601 Erin

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It is very possible you have dognapped someone's pet, Mexicans allow their dogs to run free. They let them out in the AM and bring them in in the PM. She is in good shape and apparently has a collar, you should bring her back where you found her, she is not a street dog.

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21 hours ago, Keya said:

We have found a lost pup, well behaved and cute as a button.  We want him to find his family.  Could you tell me where is the proper place to post please.  Female and found in West Ajijic.  We are not looking for people to adopt her..yet.. We believe she has had a haircut recently although perhaps not by an experienced groomer.

thanks 766-5601 Erin

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Take the dog to the vet at La Huerta Plaza to start. See if he knows her. luvsdawgs is right. She looks to be in good condition and probably belongs to someone. Take her back to where you found her and see if she finds her way home. Ask everyone you see in the area near there if they know who she belongs to. She is someone's pet. 

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Lovely happy ending!

I have a question: My cat has a microchip with AKC Reunite. I am guessing this will be relatively useless in Chapala yet I heard that Mexico has a microchip program. Does anyone know about this?

Thanks.

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On 8/18/2015 at 1:15 PM, Dogdaze said:

Keep visiting your local shelters

:lol:

Put up flyers with a large reward.

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I have read that a good way to retrieve a lost cat is to place their litter box outside. Apparently they can smell it from great distances. If they are lost this can be a great help.

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Help please my 9 month old black cat was lost at lower floresta on Wednesday 13th of March 2019. He is friendly and loving. call me if you see him 3313213947 has no collar.

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