Is This a Match? Are Both Photos of the Same Dog? Yes!

When trying to match lost and found pets, be aware of potential problems when comparing photos. Lighting conditions, exposure, subject position, camera angles, the age of photos (of lost pets), the pet’s condition, the position of eyes or ears, etc. All can affect our perception and cause us to miss a match. An obvious difference […]

First Things First – How Did Your Dog Go Missing?

Determining how your dog went missing will help you plan your strategy for finding him safely.  The first question to ask yourself is “How Did My Dog Go Missing?”  Be honest.  In a panic, most people jump to the conclusion that their dog was “stolen” because they’ve never been lost before and because they couldn’t possibly […]

Is Your Dog Lost? Make it EASY for People to Contact You!

Are you missing your dog? Make sure that you make it EASY for people to reach you. Don’t rely on just one method of communication. Check your emails and phone messages frequently. When possible answer your phone in person. Don’t assume the person will leave a message. They often won’t and may only try ONCE […]

The Power of ONE – How a Centralized Database Can Get More Lost Dogs Home and Save Lives

Can you imagine if there was ONE place where every lost and found pet in North America was listed? Can you imagine if every shelter, vet clinic, police department and animal control facility listed all of their found pets in ONE database? Can you imagine if all of those places directed owners who had lost […]

MICROCHIPS – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  Micochips are a wonderful tool in the toolbox of lost pet recovery. BUT, we see time and time again, owners of microchipped dogs relying on the microchip to bring their dog home instead of getting out and doing the legwork of flyering and signs. Generating sightings through flyers and signs is the NUMBER ONE […]

Nextdoor and EveryBlock – Two Neighborhood Groups That Can Help You Find Your Lost Dog

  Generating sightings is the key to finding your missing dog.  Getting the word out through door-to-door delivery of printed flyers is the NUMBER ONE way that lost dogs are found.  But technology also offers some good opportunities to spread the word.  Of course, Facebook is wonderful, but you want to expand and use as many tools […]

Check Nearby Farms for Your Missing Dog

Scared lost dogs will often gravitate to a farm where there is a reliable food source like outdoor cat food or spilled grain. Farms provide a multitude of hiding places. Lost dogs will hide in sheds, old barns or under old farm machinery and creep out at dusk and dawn to eat. If the dog […]

Crying Wolf is a Bad Idea if Your Dog is Missing

We have seen some internet advice that suggests owners should create a sense of urgency about their missing dog by including a statement on the flyer that says the dog needs medicine for a serious medical condition (whether it is true or not). In our experience, this is very bad advice because: 1. If your […]