When a dog goes missing, the first reaction of most people is to rush out and search for the dog, calling his/her name and combing the area. Even though it may seem counterintuitive, you should not send your friends and family members on a wild goose chase, or in this case a wild dog chase, through the streets. Looking for a lost dog by wandering or driving through the streets and neighborhoods is like looking for a needle in a haystack. And, a dog who is approached by someone he/she doesn’t know well may get scared and run even farther from home, or worse yet, into traffic.
Instead, ask your family and friends to help you distribute flyers. Create your free flyer from our software partner, Helping Lost Pets, print out a stack of them and ask your helpers to get busy spreading the word that your dog is missing. Start nearest to the location to where your dog was last seen and expand the radius outward. The photo on your flyer should be a clear, full body shot of your dog. You have a good photo of your dog stored on your phone don’t you? If not, do that TODAY, in case your dog goes missing tomorrow. Helping Lost Pets allows you to create several different versions of your flyer so that you can reduce printing costs, or incorporate pull-off tabs with your phone number on them. You can even create flyers in different languages from the Helping Lost Pets website.
In our experience, the number one way that lost dogs are found is by generating sightings through the distribution of flyers. More often than not, a dog is reunited with their family because someone has reviewed a flyer sees the lost pet, and calls the dog’s owners.
Don’t Chase or Search! Instead use flyers to generate that ONE sighting you need to help bring your dog home.