Lost Animals

Lost Animals

Lost AnimalsIt can be an awful and scary feeling when you realize your animal is lost.  Whether they have just not come home for the night or have escaped from the yard, you can’t help but feel panic and despair.  You often don’t know what to do first.   Finding lost animals is possible if you follow these guidelines.

Depending upon whether your lost animals are dogs, cats or other animals, your search will take a different path.  A dog may run quite a distance from home, following the scent of another animal or chasing a rabbit or squirrel.  A cat will stay close to home in the initial hours or days after they leave.  Unless they have been chased, they may only be a few doors away or even in your own backyard.  And of course a bird can fly a long distance though they too may initially be only a few doors away.

Start your search close to home and slowly expand the circle in which you are looking.  In the case of a lost cat, look under every low, dark spot you can find.  A scared cat will retreat to the smallest, darkest spot they can find and virtually make him or herself invisible.  A lost dog may run several miles before stopping so after looking close to home; you should get in your car and start driving around.  When you are searching for lost animals, use a reassuring voice when calling out to your pet versus a panicked voice.  Stop and talk to your neighbors, trash collectors, mail carriers, and gardeners as they may have seen your lost animal.  If people are aware that you are looking for a lost animal, they will be more apt to keep their eyes open and notify you if they see a brown tabby cat in their yard or a small white dog running down the street.  The more people you tell about lost animals the better.

When lost animals are out in the elements they can become very frightened and might not feel comfortable coming out of hiding even if they hear your voice.  It is beneficial to bring some very smelly food with you when calling your animal’s name with your carrier or leash in hand.   And you can also put their bed on the back porch.

Be sure to post signs throughout your neighborhood and at businesses that cater to animals.  Groomers, Pet Stores, and Veterinarians are all good places to post a lost animal sign.  Your sign should be simple with information that is easy to read from passing cars.  Include a large color photo of your lost animal, the word “LOST” in big, bold letters, a phone number, and date that your lost animal disappeared.  This is all that is needed.

In addition to posting signs, you can run an ad in the paper.  Most newspapers will run two lines free of charge for lost animals. There are lost pet websites available where you can post images and information regarding your lost animal.

Lost animals frequently end up in local animal shelters so be sure you visit your local city and county shelters and post a lost animal sign.  There is usually a board available for posting lost animals.  If you live in a larger metropolitan area with multiple shelters, visit all of them.  Someone may have found your animal and then turned them into a shelter near where they live so expand your search.  Don’t rely on a phone call to the shelter.  While you might consider your mixed breed dog to be a Chihuahua/terrier mix, the shelter may list them as a Maltese/Jack Russell Terrier.  So visit your shelters on a regular basis when looking for lost animals.

When you are looking for lost animals, keep your thoughts positive.  It is natural to worry about what could be happening to your lost animals, but so important to focus on your animals returning back home and actually visualize, as best you can, an image of your lost animals home safe and sound

You should also contact an Animal Communicator that specializes in lost animals like the Gurney Institute.  Someone who is trained in Animal Communication can find out if your animal is still alive, if they are truly lost or just on an adventure, if they are hiding or with another person.  Lost animals can tell an Animal Communicator what they may have seen while they were on the run, if someone picked them up in a car, or how long they traveled.  Lost animals can describe the area where they are located, the color of the house across the street and so much more.  They can show you what the house is made of, the color and type roof, style of windows, and what the door is made of.  Lost animals can share the type of bushes, trees or flowers they see.  They can tell you if they see water and whether it is a creek, a river or a lake,.  Lost animals can share smells that are in the area.  The Animal Communicator’s role is to get as many details as possible to help give you the direction you are looking for.  All of this information can help you narrow your search and assist you in finding your lost animals.

Don’t give up looking – many lost animals are found days, weeks or even months after disappearing.  Carol Gurney, Founder of The Gurney Institute of Animal Communication, found a dog who was lost for one year, a cat who had jumped off the boat while the family was sailing in the Puget Sound, a Pomeranian lost on 85 acres of wilderness, and a dog who was lost during the earthquake to name just a few.

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