AND HOW TO FIND THEM AGAIN
THE thought of losing an animal is enough to make any pet owner panic, which is why a “just in case” plan can be useful.
Senior behaviourist at the Animal Welfare League NSW Rosalie Horton said the first step to take when an animal went missing was to look, look and look again.
“Pets can get into some very strange and dangerous places. It’s not intuitive but check the toilet, bath and pool to make sure they haven’t fallen in,” she said.
“With cats it’s a good idea to look in cupboards and the fridge – they tend to seek out small nooks.
“Also be aware of where your animal might go if it’s injured. Check roadsides and be aware that cats will try and find a place to hide and lick their wounds,” she said.
Next, people should call local vets and pounds.
Microchips enable vets and pounds to easily unite animals and their families. Always update contact details in the case of a changed address or owner
Make sure fences and gates are secure and be vigilant when tradespeople enter and exit the property
Join lost pet Facebook groups so you can post straight away if a pet goes missing
“Make sure you leave your details so they can call you back,” Mrs Horton said.
Social media was also a great tool for reuniting lost pets with their owners.
“There’s the Lost Pets in NSW group and some specific areas have their own groups,” Mrs Horton said.
“It’s a fantastic networknot just for people to post details about their lost pet but also for people to say, ‘I think I have seen it’.”
Animal Welfare League NSW’s Rosalie Horton says social media is a great tool for locating lost pets.