What’s worse than realizing your dog’s been lost? Just about nothing. But here are some tips on how to find a lost dog.
Why did my Morkie run away?
You can usually narrow the reasons to just 3:
- fear – of thunder or fireworks
- extreme boredom or loneliness
- sexual urges because your Morkie has not been neutered or spayed
Nearly 20% of dogs run away during fireworks or a thunderstorm. They’re so freaked out by the loud noises, they run away. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), nearly 1 in 5 pets goes missing after being scared by loud noises such as fireworks and thunderstorms.
During fireworks or a thunderstorm, make sure your Morkie is VERY securely contained inside your home, ideally within a kennel cage or a small room. Play music to reduce the overall noises scaring him. Check on him frequently.
The 3 Most Important Things to Do if Your Dog is Lost
According to the ASPCA, the three most important steps are:
- Start Searching IMMEDIATELY
- Put up flyers locally and online
- Checking local shelters the first day your Morkie has gone missing
93% of lost dogs are found, so don’t panic. Act quickly but don’t panic.
Start searching immediately!
Leave someone at home for the phone, or forward your home phone to your cell phone number and head out.
Walk or drive, and take a favourite squeaky toy to make noise. Continually call to your Morkie. Don’t forget your flashlight for when it gets dark.
PETA recommends changing your voice mail in case you miss a call. Try something like this:
If you have information about my missing [cat], I need to speak with you. Please leave your name and number and repeat them. If you don’t have a callback number, this phone should be answered by a live person between [x] and [y] today. You can also reach [someone you absolutely trust] at [another number you are absolutely sure of]. If I don’t call you back, it means that I couldn’t hear your number clearly, so please try me again. Thank you
The Lost and Found Poster
Ideally, say “LOST MORKIE” not just “lost dog.” This gets right to the point.
- a large, color photo. Don’t have a good one? Get the closest copy from Google images.
- his gender, size, and name
- the date he went missing
- where he was last seen
- your phone number large – and be sure to say call ANY TIME
- include REWARD OFFERED but don’t say how much
Print at least 50 copies and put them all over your neighborhood, especially where there are people gathered, such as a bus stop.
When you walk your neighbourhood be sure to take the posters with you to hand out to people you meet, even kids.
Keep Your Poster Simple
Lost Morkie + description + your phone number + REWARD
Visit animal shelters, the humane society and rescue organizations.
You need to actually visit, because you could be fluffed off on the phone; volunteers at shelters are VERY busy.
Search online for lost and found pets.
Also check Pets for Sale, in case someone has taken your pup to sell him
Don’t forget social media.
Don’t be a victim of dog theft
Lost or Stolen?
Up to two million animals are stolen each year. Dog theft is increasing and there are a number of reasons why. Some thieves take your pet to sell. Others take him for a gift for someone, and still others steal a dog to keep for themselves. Whatever the pathetic reason, cut their chances by:
NOT tying your dog outside alone, ever
NEVER leaving your dog in a fenced yard, even in the backyard.
DON’T leave your dog in the car with the windows down. Don’t leave him in the car period, since on a moderately warm day, the interior of a car can heat up to more than 100 degrees in a short time.
LEAVE OFF your Morkie’s name on his tag. Instead, use the valuable real estate on a tag to say REWARD and your current phone number. Don’t give a thief the chance to call your dog by name to avoid suspicion.
TAKE up-to-date photos of your Morkie, clearly showing him from all sides, with a clutter-free background. Keep them stored somewhere secure.
Put ads everywhere
Put notices for your lost dog in Craigslist, Missing Pet Network, FindFido.com, center for Lost Pets and your local paper.
Post your flyer on your facebook page.
More online help to find your Morkie
These sites have tips and often feature lost pets.
- Missing Pet Network
- Petfinder – tips
- Pet FBI has a database of lost pets, including their own and that of Helping Lost Pets; its’ good although not yet comprehensive. They also have templates for Lost pet posters.
- Find Toto or Lost My Doggie will call or email thousands of your nearby neighbours to let them know your pet is missing. Both offer free and paid services.
Got a microchip? Keep it up to date.
Check with the registry office as soon as your Morkie has been chipped, to make sure they have the right contact information. You’ll see who to contact on the paperwork itself.
ALWAYS give the registry your updated phone numbers, address and email information. Otherwise, microchipping is useless.