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Lost Dog Facebook Pages and Other Things You Need to Know If You Lose Your Dog


As anyone who’s ever lost a dog knows, it’s a horrifying experience.

Despite our best efforts, sometimes the best-trained dog will take off after a squirrel; be spooked by a loud noise; or lose sight of you, get confused and find himself lost soon after.

If you live in New York City and your dog is lost, budget cuts are making it harder than ever to find your pet. Last month, New York City Animal Care and Control, the latest victim of City budget cuts, stopped accepting lost reports and no longer has enough staff – although they still try – to search its shelters in all boroughs for missing pets.

Bookmark these tips and resources BEFORE you lost your dog!
Veteran animal rescuers like Phyllis Taliano are doing their best to help. But as a pet owner, you need to know about resources before a crisis happens.

Here are some Facebook pages devoted to finding lost pets:
Fido Finder on Facebook, the largest public database of lost and found dogs
Dog Missing / Pet Lost & Found Alert Group
Lost Pet Locator UK
Lost Pets Facebook
Facebook Lost Pets NYC

Tips for preventing loss of your dog:
To prevent losing your dog, and to help you be re-united with him/her if you are ever separated, experts recommend:
1- Micro-chip your dog and keep the contact information up to date
2- Always keep a collar and tags on your dog. I like the Orvis collars with your dog’s name and your phone number sewn on.
3. Have photos ready and keep CURRENT photos of your pet on hand (at least 5 of them). Be sure you include ones that show how your pet looks before and after grooming.
4. Proof of Ownership It is critical that you have documentation to prove that you own your dog, cat, or other pet.

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