Finding Stolen Dogs – Things to do in Your Search
Updated: Jan 21
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Finding Stolen Dogs – Things to do in Your Search
There are a number of things you can do when looking for your stolen dog. Do as many as you can — the more things you do in your search, the better chance you have of finding your dog.
There are five ways to let people know your dog has been stolen:
Hang flyers and posters
Talk to people personally
You keep a sheet for incoming phone calls from your team and one for any calls generated from flyers and ads.
Team members should hand out flyers to everyone they talk to and get permission to post them in business windows or by cash registers.
Call these people. You can begin calling immediately and then follow up by email or faxing them a flyer.
All local shelters and vets within 25 miles of where your dog was stolen
Animal agencies and rescues
Animal control agencies
County and city shelters
Animal microchip, tattoo, and tag registries
Breed rescue groups
City newspapers (both to place an ad and the reporters when on assignment may see your dog or want to do a story)
Doggie day cares
Emergency veterinary clinics
Kennels and boarding facilities
Local TV stations (the reporters when on assignment may see your dog or want to do a story)
Local radio stations
Neighborhood crime watch groups
Registered animal dealers and research facilities
PLACES TO HANG FLYERS AND POSTERS TO HELP FIND STOLEN DOGS
Any bulletin board on any business you can think of
Anywhere groups of people frequent that get a lot of foot traffic
For posters Flyers may be visible from a car, but they are not readable. If you want readability, then you must have a large poster with a large photo. If you only put flyers on telephone poles or at intersections, pedestrians will be able to read the information and photo but not car occupants. Place posters on all four corners of an intersection so that drivers of cars of oncoming traffic can read them. Place them eye level to people riding in cars. Here are some specifics.
Bars and taverns
Churches and synagogues
Colleges and universities
Day care centers for children
Doors of residences (NOT in mailboxes because it’s illegal unless there is paid postage)
Emergency vet hospitals
Gas and service stations, Minimarts
Hotels and motels, especially ones that accept pets
Mechanics and auto repair shops
Near time clocks and/or bulletin boards of local businesses
Schools (Ask permission to give a flyer to each teacher to show to
Vehicles windshields in the immediate neighborhood
Walking or jogging paths
Windshields of parked cars
Give flyers to these people in and around where your dog was stolen as well as anywhere else you see them. These are people who are travel and are outside frequently or know their neighborhoods well.
Anyone you see on the street
Business owners in the area
Children of friends or neighborhood children
City street maintenance workers
Delivery people – anyone from pizza to UPS
Gardeners and landscaping crews
Gas and oil delivery people
Highway maintenance/cleanup crews
Home heating fuel delivery man
Mobile catering trucks (that service construction crews)
Newspaper delivery people
Parents waiting at the school bus stop
People at dog adoption events
People at street fairs
Road crews and construction workers
School bus drivers
School crossing guards
OTHER TIPS FOR FLYERS AND POSTERS FOR STOLEN DOGS
Distribute flyers as soon as possible.
Follow up EVERY phone call with a flyer sent either by fax or email and tell the person you talk to that you are sending one.
Tape a large poster on the back and sides of your car, volunteers’ cars, and anyone else who will let you. Use gaffer’s tape so it won’t ruin the paint on the car.
Keep flyers in your car and ask everyone you see if they will help you by handing them out.
Email your friends with the flyer attachment and ask them to email their friends.
Bring flyers to work with you and distribute them. Ask your coworkers for their email addresses and send them flyers so then can email it to their friends.
Many of your flyers and posters will be removed. Go back as often as feasible and put them up again.
If another language is spoken in the area where your dog was stolen, make flyers and posters in that language.
WEBSITES TO POST INFORMATION FOR STOLEN DOGS
These sites offer listings for lost/stolen/found pets. Do not join any email groups that do not require moderator approval. As I was updating this list, I discovered that many of the ones that were previously listed had become commercial sites. Some were hacked. Some came up on my anti-virus notification. These sites change all the time and seemed like legitimate sites when I checked them out. Be careful!
www.craigslist.org Check the advertisements for Lost Dogs, Dogs For Sale, and Found Dogs ads.
The following sites are for grief, loss, and support. I was not able to find anything specifically for stolen dogs.
Because this article is so long, it’s broken up into sections. Just a reminder, if you email me at caryl@DoggieManners.com I will send you the entire booklet in PDF.
Introduction – Part 1 Background information – Part 2 Things to do Now – Part 3 Things to do Immediately after Your Dog is Stolen – Part 4 Things to do in Your Search – Part 5 Supplies you will need – Part 6 How to Make your Flyers and Posters – Part 7 What to do when you Receive Responses – Part 8 Scams – Part 9 Follow-up – Part 10
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