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  • Tip for finding missing animals.

    A few years back, my cat went missing.
    I was devastated...calling and searching everywhere.
    One shelter gave a great idea...which WORKED

    If you have a garage, leave the door up about 6 inches (12 inches for a dog, size dependent). Put some of the pet's favorite toys in the garage door opening.

    My cat had been missing for 4 days when I got this tip. The next night, I was out working in the garage at 2am (that's a whole other story), and POW...in comes the cat !!!

    I would be thrilled if this tip helps any pet make their way back home.
    “You are asking me how a watch works. For now, just keep an eye on the time.”

  • #2
    Please also have them visit Collin County Animal Shelter in McKinney. This is where strays would be taken if they were picked up. You can see photos of intakes in their facebook album here:

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set...8918363&type=3

    good luck!

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    • #3
      You can also shoepolish your car. When we first moved to Frisco, both of our dobies escaped through the gate that the wind blew open and we couldn't find them anywhere. (and no shelters had them) I shoe polished my car and was driving through an intersection and another car began honking non-stop and motioned me over to the side of the road and told me that someone in their subdivision had signs up about finding two dobermans. I drove to that subdivision and was able to reconnect with our dogs!!!!

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      • #4
        It's so heart wrenching to lose your pet, it's like losing part of your family. These tips are great for being reconnected with lost pets. Raising awareness around nearby neighborhoods is very important otherwise no one else will know that you are looking for your family members. Glad to hear both of your happy endings.

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        • #5
          This website has some suggestions for finding a lost pet (NOTE: some links didn't copy, so go to the website to get all of the info): http://www.illyria.com/petsit/landf.htmhttp://sanantonio.craigslist.org/laf/ AND http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/pet/http://www.missingpetpartnership.com...ve-listing.php A dog detective with a trained dog can tell you which direction your dog went. http://www.lostapet.org/petdetective-listing.php is her foundation.

          Here is a company in Dallas, Texas with a proven record http://www.doggonedetectives.com/home.html



          A tracker dog can tell you which way your dog went. Rain is not a factor as apparently it can help hold the scent but you need to have a sample of your dog or cat's scent.

          ◦You need to work with your local animal control, but you cannot really trust them to give you the correct info. They are busy and there are communication problems when you are trying to explain what an animal looks like. Take (or fax/e-mail) some posters and call and talk to someone every day. Find out when the picked up animals come in. If you can go see the animals as they bring them in, that is better than relying on shelter staff. This is where it helps to have friends who can look for you.


          ◦You are making an extra special effort to get your animal back. If there is anything about your lost animal that would make it newsworthy, try and interest a local reporter in doing a story. Many local papers have online pet bloggers/writers looking for a story.


          ◦Wikihow has an excellent section on lost dogs http://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Lost-Dog and a section on lost cats http://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Lost-Cat
          IF YOU ARE IN SAN ANTONIO:



          Check out http://www.sapetrescue.com/ for lost pet resources. Send information on your lost pet to SApetrescue-owner@yahoogroups.com



          List your animal on http://www.sapets.com and Tracy's Dogs



          Put a free ad in the San Antonio Express News. Use your cell phone so readers will not have your name or address. 210-250-2345



          Contact Man & Beast in San Antonio (210)590-7387 They have a free service where they keep records on lost and found animals. THIS IS A MUST! They keep their records forever.



          IF YOU ARE IN TIMBERWOOD PARK:



          Go to http://TimberwoodPets.com for more information



          You can report lost and found animals in the neighborhood and sign up for an alert system to be notified when animals are lost or sighted.



          Timberwood Park has this policy on pet signs:



          You may post a reasonable number of signs (2-3) in the immediate area of the lost or found pet. They need to look decent and cannot be written on plywood, cardboard etc. They can only remain up for 2 weeks and should be dated with the day they are posted After 2 weeks, it is the pet owners responsibility to take down the signs.



          You are also allowed to put signs on your own property and in the yards of neighbors who give you permission.




          Join the Pet Sign group at http://twppets.ning.com/ for information on neighbors who may live near you and who have already given permission.



          I would advise putting a sign on Timberline and Borgfeld; across the street from Borgfeld. The owners of the Valero on Borgfeld and Farmco on Blanco may also let you put up a poster. You are welcome to put a sign up on my fence if you like. I have the fenced in lot next to 26617 S. Glenrose adjacent to the new school.


          Found

          How to find the owner of a dog or cat you have found. (Some parts specific to San Antonio, use if applicable) These are tips, do what works for you.



          I often see very vague ads requesting the owner provide clues to the animals identity for fear someone who is not the owner is going to claim it. This is actually fairly unlikely. What is more likely is that even with a great photo, the owner will never find out you have the animal. The best thing to do is put all your cards on the table, where found, a photo, any collar, etc. If you are concerned that someone is not the owner, ask them to bring proof. Tell them you want to see the vet records or family photos. You have the animal and you do not have to give it up to just anyone. Of course the best proof is the animal's reaction to her name and to the person claiming her. Usually with a dog there will be no doubt if the real owner is found -- even years later!



          IF you have found an animal but cannot take him in, consider giving him food and water. Do not leave food and water out at night or you will attract wildlife. Take him into your garage if possible while you look for an owner. If you turn the animal over to San Antonio Animal Control, he will almost certainly be killed as they have no room.



          Every PetSmart has a Banfield Animal Hospital in it. They will scan animals to free to see if there is a chip. ( http://banfield.petsmart.com/http://www.microchipidsystems.com/



          1-800-336-2843 ext. 4 (24 Hour) Leave a message if you get the machine. They return calls.



          HOME AGAIN - 10 letters and numbers http://public.homeagain.com/http://www.sapetrescue.com/ for lost pet resources.



          List your animal on http://www.sapets.com and Tracy's Dogs



          Contact Man & Beast in San Antonio (210)590-7387 They have a free service where they keep records on lost and found animals.





          IF YOU ARE IN TIMBERWOOD PARK:


          Go to http://TimberwoodPets.com for more information and to sign up for the Lost & Found Newsletter.



          You can report lost and found animals in the neighborhood and sign up for an alert system to be notified when animals are lost or sighted.



          Timberwood Park has this policy on pet signs:

          You may post a reasonable number of signs (2-3) in the immediate area of the lost or found pet. They need to look decent and cannot be written on plywood, cardboard etc. They can only remain up for 2 weeks and should be dated with the day they are posted After 2 weeks, it is the pet owners responsibility to take down the signs.



          You are also allowed to put signs on your own property and in the yards of neighbors who give you permission.




          Join the Pet Sign group at http://twppets.ning.com/ for information on neighbors who may live near you and who have already given permission.



          I would advise putting a sign on Timberline and Borgfeld; across the street from Borgfeld. The owners of the Valero on Borgfeld and Farmco on Blanco may also let you put up a poster. You are welcome to put a sign up on my fence if you like. I have the fenced in lot next to 26617 S. Glenrose adjacent to the new school.

          Thank you for caring about someone else's lost pet.

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          • #6
            That's a lot of info.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by friscomatt View Post
              A few years back, my cat went missing.
              I was devastated...calling and searching everywhere.
              One shelter gave a great idea...which WORKED

              If you have a garage, leave the door up about 6 inches (12 inches for a dog, size dependent). Put some of the pet's favorite toys in the garage door opening.

              My cat had been missing for 4 days when I got this tip. The next night, I was out working in the garage at 2am (that's a whole other story), and POW...in comes the cat !!!

              I would be thrilled if this tip helps any pet make their way back home.

              haha! Brilliant. I will try this. Also some favourite food could work also...although might attract other animals.

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              • #8
                Don't limit your search to just your city's/county shelter. We lost our dog in Frisco and found him at the Garland's animal shelter. More than 30 miles away!

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                • #9
                  Thank you Kramer for posting the information about the scent trail! My friend's dog had been missing for 5 days, and unfortunately it rained on day 2. She kept getting calls that he was spotted in a general area, so she took her other dog and walked a scent trail all the way from her house, down to the general area, and back. Within a couple of hours they got a phone call that he was spotted heading North (home) on the same street she left the trail. She was able to rush out there and get her dog back.

                  Great tip, it works!!

                  Poor guy wanted to get home but was truly lost, and the rain had washed away his scent.

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                  • #10
                    That's great news, Lauren! I'm so glad that your friend got her dog back.

                    Kramer

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                    • #11
                      This is old but.. if you see an animal in your neighborhood, stop and help. Take the animal to your garage or yard and look for a tag then call animal control. Long, long ago my cat came back on her own. My lab has gotten out a couple of times in 6 years. Last week, the lawn fertilizer company left the gate open and caught on camera. I was home and let the dog out and 10 mins alter I realized something wasnt right. I was so lucky to drive and find him but people would not stop to help me get him. Then he was in a yard and the home owner would not help. I said he will not bite... he was just walking around and they just stood there. Ive taken stray dogs into my yard and tried to help others.. I don't understand people.

                      I was screaming and crying trying to find him. I guess always check your gates, it only takes once.

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