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The back door is open, the back gate is open,
your pet is lost — panic time, right?

Wrong.

Now is the time for action, not panic.

Here are 10 things to do if your pet is lost, to make it easier for your lost pet to be returned to you:

  1. File a lost pet report with every shelter and animal control office within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible.
  2. Get the word out to all veterinarians in the area. Sometimes people pick up a stray and drive it to a distant clinic.
  3. Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Enlist friends and family to help. Hand out a recent photograph of your pet with your contact information.
  4. Speak with your neighbors. The more people who know you have lost a pet and that you are desperately trying to find your pet, the more people will call you if they see a loose animal.
  5. Place flyers in the neighborhood and public places. To avoid scams, when describing your pet, leave out one characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.
  6. Post about your pet on all pet recovery websites (like PawBoost.com) and services. Sites such as Craigslist.org, TheCenterForLostPets.com and FidoFinder.com broadcast your missing pet quickly.
  7. Consider a lost pet recovery service. There are numerous lost pet alert services that will contact homes, veterinarians, shelters and animal control organizations for a reasonable fee.
  8. Place food and water outside your home [warning: this may attract strays and wildlife.] Your pets may return to your home when they get hungry or thirsty. Consider placing food in a humane pet trap to capture them.
  9. Tell everyone you see about your pet and ask them to keep their eyes open. The more people you alert, the greater the chance someone will recollect seeing your pet in their area.
  10. Don’t give up. Be aggressive in your search, get lots of help and get the word out right away. You need those early hours to put up posters and start your search.

Bonus Tip: Protect your pet before it goes missing with a permanent microchip ID, like HomeAgain. A microchip ID helps to prove ownership and increases the chance that your pet will be returned to you. And be sure to keep your contact information updated in the microchip ID manufacturer’s database.

Ready? Contact Us at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic to schedule your pet’s ‘chip appointment.

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Article above originally produced by dvm360.

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A news story published today in the Virginian-Pilot tells the story of an Australian Shepherd that ran off into the woods in Suffolk several months ago, breaking her owner’s heart.

Mrs. Conroy has been searching for Angel since Mother’s Day. Though Angel has been spotted on occasion, she has run when approached. At this point, her whereabouts are unknown. 

The photo below was taken in our waiting room on Angel’s last visit to us, in April. After 5 months astray, she may be dirty, rough-looking, and skinny, though her coloration should remain the same. As you can see in the photo, she has one brown eye and one blue eye.

If you see her, please call Suffolk Animal Control for assistance. Their number is 757-514-7855.

Angel-Rem Co

Click to enlarge. Photo by Jennifer Miele.

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The Corgi-type dog pictured below was found wandering on Caribou Avenue in Norfolk this morning.

Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful so far, as the dog’s microchip does not appear to be registered in a database.

Do you know this dog? If so, we need your help!

Do you know this dog? If so, we need your help!

If you recognize this pet, please contact us by calling 757-583-2619 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

The pet’s owner should be prepared to show proof of ownership in order to retrieve the pet (so that it goes home with the right family.)

Note:  This pet is not at our clinic at this time.

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UPDATE: This pet has been found.

SKINNY BELLE

is a missing cat near you!

                                                                                                              (Photo removed)
Last Seen

DANBURY DRIVE AND COUGAR AVENUE, NORFOLK, VA 23518

PLEASE CHECK GARAGES AND SHEDS.

Pet Information

Species:

CAT

Breed:

DOMESTIC SHORT HAIR

LOST:

8/7/2013

Age:

9 YEARS, 7 MONTHS

Primary color:

BROWN/BLACK TABBY

Secondary color:

WHITE

Sex:

FEMALE

Microchip #:

(redacted)

Other Characteristics:

WHITE FEET AND UNDERSIDE

Have You Seen This Pet?

CALL OUR 24/7 RECOVERY CENTER

1-888-HomeAgain

(1-888-466-3242)

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The missing dog may look similar to this one. Photo by Tom Walsh via Wikimedia Commons.

We have received notice of a Chocolate Lab missing from the Princess Anne Road area of Norfolk since yesterday.

The Lab is a 12-year-old female, last seen with a collar. (Be aware that the collar may have come off or it may have been removed.) She is brown, with grey fur at her muzzle.

If you believe that you have seen her, please call the 24/7 Lost Pet Hotline at 1-877-875-7387.

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Photo of a similar Chocolate Lab by Tom Walsh, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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