Rescues have the responsibility to make sure that the dogs they are rehoming are truly homeless. If they aren’t, they are simply selling someone else’s property, a criminal offense in all fifty states.
If you are fostering or have recently adopted a dog and your dog goes missing here is a checklist to get you started.
Your missing dog has turned up at a rescue and is now available for adoption. How does this happen? A microchipped dog who is scanned may be backtracked to a rescue or may have a rescue as a secondary contact. If you were unable to be reached, the microchip company may have called the rescue […]
Print out copies of your flyer and hand deliver them to all of the local shelters and vet clinics in your community. Expand the radius as time goes on. Leave two at each clinic – one for the public bulletin board and one for the staff. DON’T rely on third party services who say they […]
According to the U.S. Census the average American will move 12 times in their life. This means that many people do not know where their local shelter is when their pet goes missing. Factor in that dogs and cats (unlike car keys) do not remain where they are lost. They have four legs and walk […]
Are smaller microchips better? Not necessarily. There has been a trend towards very small microchips in the animal sheltering and veterinary world. Smaller microchips can be easier to insert for very small dogs, puppies and kittens. The drawback? “Mini” microchips have a shorter copper antenna. The size of the microchip antenna impacts the read distance […]
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 […]
The good news: The found dog turned into your shelter, animal control facility or vet clinic has been scanned and he has a microchip! The bad news: The microchip reaches a dead end. Either it was never enrolled by the shelter, rescue, vet clinic or owner or it was not updated with current contact information. […]
The ASPCA has recently released a Position Statement on Responsibilities of Animal Shelters. We are very pleased that they have put a high emphasis on shelter transparency and proactively reuniting lost pets with their families. Below are some excerpts from this Position Statement. Does your local shelter or stray holding facility do these things? We […]
An old saying “like two ships that pass in the night” has been the biggest hurdle to increased return to owner rates for shelters and successful reunions of lost dogs and their owners. The popularity of internet and social media sites have been a wonderful resource for missing dogs but all too often, the finders […]