When a Milwaukee pet owner is looking for their dog or cat and they are not on their usual spots, do not panic, they might have found a new place of seclusion. However when a pet is lost there are set procedures and if followed there is a good chance that owner and pet will be reunited.
Before major anxiety sets in search the house and property. Dogs and especially cats can find really good hiding places, closets, cabinets and a lot of hiding spaces in attics and basements. Do not forget to check the garage. If your pet is not anywhere on your property the next step is to walk the neighborhood.
Before you leave your house take a leash and an extra collar or a carrier and a flashlight. Knock on doors and while walking call out your pet’s name. Look under shrubbery and search the area thoroughly.
If you have not found your pet in the neighborhood, create a flyer with your pet’s photo, a description and your name and contact number. Post them on light and telephone poles and in public places within a two mile radius. Leave them with veterinary clinics, animals shelters and your county animal control office.
Put out your cat’s litter box or your dog’s favorite toy. The animal will be able to follow the scent home.
Call the Wisconsin Humane Society or Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control (MADACC) as soon a possible.
Place ads in newspapers and be sure to tell your friends and family to watch out for your pet.
Go online and register with The Missing Pet Network. It is a volunteer group organized in 1994 and sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture Animal Care Office.
Milwaukee area pet owners have many resources that will help find a lost pet.