First and foremost, post signs all around the neighborhood where you think the dog may have wandered off. Make sure they are visible and clearly state that this is a lost dog.
Post flyers at local businesses as well as libraries and schools in case someone there might recognize the animal.
Contact the owner
Check its collar. Is there a tag with an owner’s phone number or email address? If so, it could be on a metal plate that is attached by prongs and can be removed by pulling on the collar tab. If this is not the case, check for other identification information such as a microchip or tattoo.
What are your chances that this is actually someone else’s dog? If they’ve taken care of their pet well enough to properly name them and buy them tags, then they’re likely to take good care of themselves too—and will probably want their furry friend back in no time at all!
On the other hand, if they neglected one essential part of caring for their pet (like naming them), perhaps they’ve been negligent in other ways too…
First Things First
If you can’t locate the owner, find a safe place for your new friend until he can be claimed by his family.
Find a safe place for the dog and make sure it is comfortable and warm. The best places will be quiet and not too hot. Try to avoid placing a leash on the animal unless absolutely necessary because this may stress out your new friend.
Place food and water within reach of where its bedding has been laid out; most lost dogs will not leave an area where they know food exists even if they are hungry or thirsty enough to seek out other sources of nourishment nearby.
If it seems like their first instinct is going to be running away from any humans who come near them (and this could happen), try putting something familiar in with them—a blanket that smells like home might help calm them down while you go looking for someone who can help reunite them with their owner.
Be aware that some dogs have been abused before being abandoned so they may still react negatively when people get close enough for touch; if this happens, try using treats as an incentive instead until trust has been built up between yourself and your new friend!
Get Outside Word Out
There are many ways to get the word out. Here’s what you can do:
- Post on social media. Post your photos of the dog and a description of where it was found (and when) on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other platforms. Include hashtags like #lostdoginmyneighborhood, #dogrescue and #founddog. Let people know that you’ve made flyers with the info about the missing animal, too! (Or print one of our free templates!)
- Put up flyers in local businesses or around town. This will help increase awareness in case someone else sees the flyer and recognizes your lost pup—or yours spots theirs! You can ask neighbors if they’ll be willing to help hang them everywhere they’d think would be appropriate for finding their pet—that’s where I found my dog after three months!
Contact Animal Control / Shelters
Contact shelters/animal control agencies near where your pet was last seen or picked up by animal control officers; also contact local veterinarians who may have seen missing pets come through their doors recently; call police department(s) within 1-2 miles away from where your pet last lived at home so they can keep an eye out for him/her while patrolling streets nearby; contact radio stations who might want to run reports about lost dogs during morning shows or late night news broadcasts if nothing else!”