A recent study by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) revealed the key factors in finding lost dogs. The ASPCA interviewed 1000 pet owners to find out if they had lost a dog (or cat) in the past five years. If they had, they asked whether or not they found their pet, where they looked, and the means they used to find them.
Their conclusion? Searching immediately when you discover your pet is lost, searching within the neighborhood first, putting up posters right away, and using the internet proved to be most successful means on finding a pet who goes missing. Checking local shelters from the first day onward was also important, as was having identification tags or microchips for a dog.
In addition, there were differences in the ways in which the lost dogs and cats were recovered:
As their report reveals, the Internet is also a powerful way to mobilize friends and the community to help find a lost dog, so while you're here, take a minute to sign up and create a profile for your dog.
With a dog profile on DogHeirs you can quickly switch your dog's profile to indicate that he/she is "Lost". You can update your description, photos and other details to aid in your search. And once you've swiched your dog's profile to "Lost", it will show up on the main "My Neighborhood" page, as well as the main "Lost Dogs" page for everyone in your area to see it.
We also provide:
We've done our best to provide you with free tools to help reunite you with your dog in the event he/she goes missing because we know that dogs are family.
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