Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Re­becca Isaacs

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.

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