Lost Dog Resources
Have you lost your Berner? Here are important steps to take:
Act immediately! Don’t assume you will walk down the street and find your dog. Don’t waste precious time by not rounding up help in the first hours of searching. Gather as many helpers as possible. Don’t be shy.
Post on the BMDCNV Facebook page if you need helpers in a specific area. Remind your searchers to simply keep their eyes open and not to shout out the dog’s name or to chase her. Lost dogs become fearful quickly and frequently don’t even respond to their owners calls. If anyone sees the dog, have them pin the location on Google Maps.
While you are out searching, have someone contact local police, Animal Control Officers, shelters in the town where the dog was lost as well as adjoining towns. Also contact the appropriate Lost Dog Search site (see links below) to enlist their help. (Keep a list of who was called and their phone numbers so that you can call back when dog is found.)
Place a familiar scent article (dog bed, worn t-shirt, etc.) at the location where your dog went
missing. Leave a bowl of strong-smelling food at the location as well. If she was lost from her home, be sure to leave the gate or garage door open. If she broke through an invisible fence , park your car outside the perimeter of the fence and leave the door open so the dog has a safe place if she returns. If away from home, park a familiar car at the location where she was lost, preferably with the door open. If you know that the dog has been sited at a particular location, leave an article of your used clothing at that location in case she returns. Establish a base of operations at the location where the dog was lost. Someone should remain there (a) in case the dog returns and (b) for searchers to check in.
Use the Lost Dog Template (available on any of the links below) to create a flyer for your missing dog. Be sure that the number(s) you post will reach a person (not a machine) 24/7. Print up 500 copies of the flyers. (They’re cheaper in volume and you’ll need lots! Consider yourself lucky if you find your dog before using them up!).
Charge your cell phone and make sure your message provides instructions as to what info to leave just in case you can’t be reached.
Have searchers post the flyers to telephone poles (not trees) and knock on every door. Ask the owners if you can search their yards for the dog. Lost dogs are often frightened and will hide under shrubs, decks, cars or sheds or in barns and garages. If homeowner owners do not answer the door, leave a flyer in the door or on the mailbox.
Don’t just assume the dog will come running when called. If the searchers do not know your dog, consider providing them with a used article of your clothing (in a plastic bag) so that, if found, the dog will recognize your scent and not run from them. If a searcher does locate the dog, the best thing to do is to stay put and call the owner, rather than try to catch the dog who will likely be frightened. The dog may even run from its owner if approached to suddenly.
Stop all passers-by: runners and bikers, UPS and postal workers, parents at school bus stops, DPW and construction workers.
Once the dog has been found, be sure to go back and remove any flyers that have been posted on any utility poles or at businesses. This is a common courtesy that many folks never bother to do.
Send thank you notes to your searchers. If a reward was offered, it should be given promptly to the people who took the time to call in with information and who were critical in locating your dog. If they won’t accept a monetary reward, consider a gift certificate or donation to a charity in their name.
Lost Dog Tool Kit
• Cell phones (with list of numbers for all searchers)
• Staple guns with extra staples
• Clear tape
• Plastic sleeves for inserting flyers in inclement weather (large zip-locks work well)
• Extra leashes
• Wet, smelly food to tempt frightened dog (small cans of cat food are handy)
• Change of shoes and socks
• First aid kit
• Bug spray
• Owner’s used clothing in plastic bags (to give to searchers)
• Food and water for searchers
New England Lost & Found Pets
Granite State Dog Recovery
Missing Dogs Massachusetts
Maine Lost Dog Recovery
Lost Dogs Connecticut
CT Dog Gone Recovery
RI Lost Pets
Lost & Found Animals of VT