Lost my pet...

  1. Hello...We have lost our 11 month old dog approximately 2 1/2 weeks ago. Flyers are posted, ads placed in local newspapers, websites used, vets, pet groomers and local animal shelters notified and still missing our beloved dog. I am trying not to get discouraged and still cry frequently.

    Does anyone have any other ideas as to how we get our beloved dog back? He is microchipped. Does anyone have any "reunion" stories? I could really use one now.

    Last edit by AllisonRN on Sep 17, '07
  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   TigerGalLE
    Many years ago my grandma was taking her cat to the vet. In the parking lot the cat jumped out of her car and ran into the woods. She looked and looked for the cat. Posted fliers around town. The vet was about 15 miles from her house. She never found her kitty and eventually gave up looking. Well 6 months later the cat showed up at her house. Don't give up! I hope you find your dog!!!
  4. by   RNMom2010
    Be patient, yet determined that your dog will be found. The microchip should help a lot. It's crazy how pets are like our children! I will keep my fingers crossed for you that your baby gets home soon!
  5. by   Soup Turtle
    I lost one of my dogs for three months. She escaped from our yard and was picked up by a family who kept her for a while. Eventually, they got tired of her and took her to an animal control facility. My husband had drawn a picture of the dog when we went looking for her and animal control had kept it and recognized her when she was brought in. We had given up all hope of finding her.

    I guess my advice would be to keep in touch with all of the people and places you've already contacted. Sadly, they probably won't remember much about you or your pet for long. I work in an emergency vet clinic and we get missing pet calls and flyers in all the time. They might get some attention the day they come in, but they are usually out of sight and out of mind the very next day. Make sure they keep you and your puppy in mind. I hope you find her.
  6. by   loricatus
    I feel so sorry for you; and, know exactly what you are going through. A few years ago, I had gotten a new puppy and one of the older dogs was jealous of the new puppy, dug a hole under the fence and led the puppy away far from home and abandoned it. I did all the things you say you did and then decided to show up at the shelters I were calling (being told my puppy wasn't there). Well, I did find her in a cage, under quarantine because she had been found wandering the street and entering a person's car. The workers who answered the phone weren't aware of the dogs that were not considered adoptable (those under quarantine, etc.). So, try to go to the shelters, vet's offices, etc.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you to be reunited with your puppy. It is just like losing a child, no matter what anyone else may think; and, should be treated the same by law enforcement (IMHO). :icon_hug:
    Last edit by loricatus on Sep 17, '07
  7. by   deeDawntee
    I am so sorry to hear about your baby! I have 3 dogs and would be beside myself if any of them got lost.

    Have you thought of going to a pet psychic?
  8. by   AllisonRN
    Thanks to all who have shared stories. What really keeps me going is when I hear of pets being lost for months before returning home. I am praying that he will be home before his "birthday" which is the 25th of this month.

    We just have to keep the faith.
  9. by   NurseNature
    We found a beautiful, sweet, trained dog that was about 1 y/o not long ago. I walked her around for miles and knocked on people's doors. No one knew her so I had to call animal control. We wrote a little letter with our info so that we could be contacted if they were going to have to put her down for lack of being claimed or adopted. They told us that they would eventually send her to a no-kill shelter that is not in the same city even. Have you tried calling all shelters in cities anywhere near your town? Hope you find your pup!
  10. by   bekindtokittens
    Is your dog a purebred, or close? I think shelters will contact specific rescue groups for placement if they are running out of room and the animals look like they have been well cared for. I know there are several dachshund rescue groups that have foster homes all over the U.S. I bet there are rescue groups for other breeds as well.

    I'm not sure if you lost your dog in your neighborhood, but if so, drive around during the day and look in neighbors' yards. My sister in law had her Great Dane and her English Bulldog escape the fence. Despite her putting up flyers and talking to all her neighbors, she saw the dogs in a neighbor's yard and reclaimed them.

    I'm so sorry you lost a member of your family. Don't give up hope.
    Last edit by bekindtokittens on Sep 17, '07
  11. by   BuddahNature
    Try not to give up hope.A little girl in my area,lost her beloved pet.She got media attention because the little girl was very ill with leukemia. In addition she had Downs Syndrome.Sure enough,the dog was returned home within days by a woman who found the dog and was lovingly caring for it.The woman happened to have seen the news story
    Can you think of an angle that will land you a local spot on the news,that would make a good human interest story ?
    Post also around your area and accross the country via Craigslist.See if you can place ads in church bulletins and the like. I hope your missing furbaby gets home soon.
  12. by   nrsjo
    One of my cats got out shortly after we moved to a new apartment. I didn't realize until the next morning that he was missing. I was beside myself trying to find him. I finally set his blanket out and a snack trail for him, and he did come home. I was never so happy to see that cat- but I was a wreck until he did!
  13. by   CHATSDALE
    go to petfinder.com another one is lostpet.com
    i found an owner of a dog like this..usually if they have the chip the shelters will get in touch with you, depending on who checks them in
    some of the volunteers might not know to check
  14. by   donsterRN
    I'm sorry, I have to move this to Breakroom; not nursing related.
    Last edit by donsterRN on Sep 17, '07 : Reason: I cannot spell...