Finding Stolen Dogs –
Finding stolen dogs, when you are following up — don’t give up! Here’s some suggestions on how to follow up.
Write letters to your local papers and continue to post on Craig’s List to let the general public know that your dog was stolen and implore them to watch their dogs carefully and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.
Check newspapers daily for at least three months for Found ads and Dogs for Sale ads for a dog resembling your dog’s description. If your dog has not been neutered or spayed, then it may be used in a breeding program.
Look for ads for puppies for sale if your dog is not spayed or neutered. Gestation period for dogs is 60-64 days, and For Sale ads will start appearing soon after that. Check your newspaper for Puppies For Sale that may match your dog’s description 60-120 days after s/he is missing.
People may keep animals several weeks or months before contacting you or turning them in to a shelter.
Call police departments several times. Personnel changes, and there are new shifts of personnel on duty and people are always going on or returning from vacation.
If your city has a cable channel, watch that for listings and refer to impound numbers and impound dates when asking at the city shelters.
If you have lots of money, then buy TV or radio commercials or a billboard.
Call dead animal pickup for your area – it’s always a possibility. If you find your dog there, it will be heartbreaking but less stressful on you in the long run.
Regarding shelters, visit them in person at least twice weekly and look at all the animals. If you just call, shelter personnel may not know what kind of dog you describe or may not be familiar with the breed. Inspect every area of the shelter: exam room, quarantine room, observation area, and euthanizing area.
There are pet recovery services who will do the legwork for you. They may duplicate the steps you already have taken. If you decide to hire one, have them explain exactly what they will do and what their fee is. Then YOU need to follow up to see that they have followed through.
You can also try a pet psychic. This is an individual preference and may be too “far out” for some people. But it is an option, and that’s why I’m offering it here. Again, be VERY careful about whom you hire.
Keep to your own routine as much as possible. The more you can keep to normal patterns for yourself, the more you can stay focused and productive.
I hope you never need to use this information, but if you do, I hope it helps – and keep searching for your dog. Keep going — you CAN do this! Your dog is depending on you to find him.
Because this article is so long, it’s broken up into sections. Just a reminder, if you email me at caryl@DoggieManners.com, I will send you the entire booklet in PDF.
Copyright Caryl Wolff 2007-2015
Introduction – Part 1
Background information – Part 2
Things to do Now – Part 3
Things to do Immediately after Your Dog is Stolen – Part 4
Things to do in Your Search – Part 5
Supplies you will need – Part 6
How to Make your Flyers and Posters – Part 7
What to do when you Receive Responses – Part 8
Scams – Part 9
Follow-up – Part 10
I’d love to hear what your comments are on Finding Stolen Dogs. Please share your experiences with your dog or ask a question so we can begin a dialogue to help each other.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational only. It does not replace a consultation with a dog behavior consultant or veterinarian and may not be used to diagnose or treat any conditions in your dog.
Copyright 2007-2015 Caryl Wolff