Lost Animals

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What to do if you've lost an animal

Notify immediately:

  • La Rivia Tel. 902 15 16 40 Animal Identification Company. This in the event that your pet has microchip
  • Local police, which you must also inform if you suspect your animal got stolen.
  • Reception centers: municipal kennel of your city and neighboring cities, and animal shelters. If you can cover a radius of about 50 km, your local police is obliged to inform you about who collects the animals in your municipality. Ask for the phone and address of that center, and go look. Depending on the cases and type of company, we recommend that you go with a certain frequency, and do not just call.
  • Press, if possible, especially radio, such as local stations, which are usually more collaborative in these cases, and local and neighborhood magazines.
    Data you have to give on these sites: sex, race, age, weight, color, collar and / or strap, specific brands. Reserve some information in case someone calls you o detect false calls, and scammers.

Go search

  • Walk the neighborhood on foot or by car slowly several times, calling it by name. It may be hidden by fear, so the night is a good time to call it because there is less noise in the streets. Take one of his toys with sound, he will recognize it and you can rest your voice at times. If you have another dog, take it too (tied) and make it bark.
  • Ask for it to the neighbors, but especially to the mailmen, delivery people, etc. If you can, leave them a photo with your phone.

Announce your loss

  • Make posters with a photo. Do not overload it with too much text: the most important thing is your name and your phone number, and that is what should stand out the most. A small photo with fifty-six lines of text does not make anyone stop reading it, from a distance it looks like a floor sale or a masonry offer. Divide the poster space:
    • 50% for photo (to draw immediate attention)
    • 30% your contact info.
    • 20% for other data that you want to add, always in smaller font than the previous one (it is complementary information).
  • The best places to place them are: bakeries, veterinary clinics, pet products stores, schools, traffic lights (whenever you can, put them inside the glass).
  • Use the Internet pages dedicated to advertisements of lost animals, and ALWAYS LEAVE A CONTACT PHONE, do not make them write you an email. Keep in mind that someone may have found you on a trip, or a partner of a protector from another city, who may have taken you in your car and moved you to many kilometers, or that the animal itself covered a lot of ground.

When you are called

  • Do not rely on the caller to be legitimate, there are a lot of scammers that will try to get a finders fee out of you, without having your animal.
  • Ask the caller to describe the animal he claims to have found.
  • Ask a trick question about the information you have not made public.

And above all

  • The average period to recover an animal is about ten to fifteen days. If it is earlier, better, and if that period passes, then nothing happens: it is an average, not a deadline.
  • DON'T EVER LOOSE HOPE
    We witness many recovered animals, even after months or years, and that had even gone to other provinces or countries.
  • If you've found your animal again, incase you didn't have it microchipped or it's chip is not registered in your name and your address. Fix that immediately.

What to do if you find an animal?

Animal protection shelters will help you identify and locate the owner or check their health and relocate in case of abandonment.

If you see a dog or cat without a collar, or identification and think it is lost or abandoned, what should you do? In these cases you can notify the local police of the municipality of the place where you found it, or pick it up yourself and take it to an animal shelter to examine it and be able to locate it's owner or in case of abandonment deworming it and relocating it to find a new owner.

It is possible the lost animal is scared and elusive and does not respond to your calls. How to get close to him? Until help arrives, to keep him calm and visually controlled, talk to him softly and calmly without looking into his eyes. Do not approach directly in a straight line, always keeping the distance approaching in a very slow circle. If you shy away from the approach you can turn your back watching him sideways to keep him under control and don't escape.