One of the worst feelings in the world is when you get home and you realize that your pet has wandered off. Immediately, a sense of worry and fear flood your body and your stomach becomes knotted. When my mom was young and her dog Sluggo woul
d run away, her daddy would dress her in the t-shirt she would often sleep in, hand her two raw hot dogs, and put her in the backseat of the Pontiac. The two would ride through the subdivision slowly with the windows rolled down hoping that Sluggo would get a whiff of the hotdogs and his favorite t-shirt. Soon, it became obvious that Sluggo was running away to the same house, and it became a game where he would wait to be picked up, reunited with his bud, and they would eat hod dogs on the way home.
Today, we are fortunate to have social media to help us to become reunited with our lost pets. It is important that, once you regain your composure, you get the word out that your pet is missing.
Follow these simple steps as soon as you realize your pet is missing.
- Post the last known location of the missing pet and include both a description and a photo on social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Be sure you ask friends to share your post.
- Alert neighbors that your pet is missing.
- Post directly to Lost Pets of Lafourche .
- Contact your local police department, and let them know that your pet is missing and its last known location. Our officers are busy, but if out on patrol, they may spot your pet.
- Contact all vet clinics and bring in fliers with information of your pet for them to post on bulletin boards.
- Post extra fliers around your neighborhood.
- Contact shelters and visit the shelters to make sure your pet isn’t there. Often a pet’s appearance may change while on the run. Their coats can get dirty and matted, and depending on how long they’re gone, they could also lose weight.
- Never give up hope that your pet will be found.