There is nothing as terrifying as the thought of a lost or missing pet. No matter how diligent, most pet guardians will find themselves faced with a missing pet at some point in their lives. Guardians who take immediate action have a greater chance of locating their missing pet.
File a LOST report. Contact Cedar Valley Humane Society at 319-362-6288 and Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control at 319-286-5993 to let us know you have a lost pet. We are independent agencies – a report must be filed with both agencies. Be prepared to accurately describe your pet. Follow-up this verbal report with a visit to both agencies. Ask to tour each facility to personally view all the animals in their care.
Advise your local law enforcement agency of your missing pet. CVHS works closely with local law enforcement agencies, but they will only know you are missing your pet if you tell them.
Spread the word and search. Don’t be shy – get the word out. Post fliers throughout your neighborhood, be sure to include your phone number(s) and pets name. Talk to neighbors, businesses in the community, delivery people, and mail carriers. The more people who are aware of the situation, the more people will be able to help you find your missing pet.
Notify your veterinarian and microchip company. Let them know your pet is missing, and confirm they have current contact information for you.
Encourage your pet to return home. Place high-value food near doors that they have gone in and out of. If possible, keep windows open so you can hear your pet’s cries if they return.