Recently, a local 80 year old man lost his dog. Though we had his dog posted on Facebook, the man was not very familiar with social media and computers. Fortunately, we were able to reunite him with his baby after appealing to the nice lady that had adopted him the day before. This experience at the shelter encourages us to provide some suggestions for the elderly who have lost a pet.

Tips For Prevention

  1. Take your animal to a veterinarian or shelter and have a chip implanted. Chips can be very useful for finding a lost pet.
  2. If your yard is not fenced, keep you pet leashed or on a secure tie out. Having a barrier up can help not only provide security, but also provide peace of mind.
  3. Go to your neighborhood pet store and have an ID tag made. Put the ID tag on your pet’s collar and keep it there in case anyone else finds him/her.
  4. Make sure your dog is licensed with your County. When you get the license tag, try putting that on your pet’s collar as well.
  5. Have a picture of your animal taken. Write down a physical description of your animal on the back of the picture and save it, just in case.

Reuniting Lost Friends

  1. Notify your local police department and surrounding police departments. Provide them with a picture of your pet so that they can keep an eye out for you.
  2. Contact the animal shelters in your area. Make sure to give them a thorough description of your pet, as well as your contact information.
  3. Have a relative familiar with Facebook review the animals on For the Love of Louie and other lost pet pages in your area. Monitor the page to see if there is a post of your animal.
  4. Take a picture of your animal and make some posters. Place the posters around your neighborhood to increase visibility.
  5. Visit the shelters in your area and ask to see if your pet is there. You never know what you might find.

Work Together With The Humane Society Of Macomb

This recent experience prompted us to think of ways we can keep people and seniors from losing their animals and also providing them with some helpful steps to find them. If you or someone you know does not have easy access to computers or social media, please share this information. Hopefully these tips will help them become reunited with their pet should something happen to them.

For more information on what to do if your pet goes missing, visit our Lost Pets page.