How to make sure your pet gets home to you before it gets lost:
- Make sure your pet has a well fitting collar with their license tag, rabies tag, and an owner information tag. Licenses can be purchased at BHS, just bring your pets rabies vaccine certificate and either your pet or a photo of your pet to the shelter any day we are open. The rabies tag will come from your vet at the time of vaccination and the owner information tag can be purchased through kiosks in pet stores or online (gotags.com/)
- Microchip your pet! Microchips are tiny computer chips, about the size of a grain of rice. They are inserted under your pet’s skin by a veterinarian using a needle without anesthesia. Each microchip carries a completely unique registration number that is associated with the owner’s name and contact information that vet clinics and shelters can use to identify the owner. If your pet is microchipped, take this time to make sure the information is updated as your address/phone number/email address may have changed since you had your pet microchipped.
- Take photos of your pet! Having current photos of your pets face, special markings and body will help if your pet ever goes missing.
How to make sure your pet gets home once it is lost:
- Contact all shelters and rescues in your area and file a lost report. Visit those shelters, as sometimes colors, breeds and genders are wrong, collars and tags go missing, and animals travel long distances before being found. Our recommendation is to keep rechecking with our organization every 3 days as that is our stray hold period as required by the city of Beatrice and Gage county.
- Update information on your microchip by calling the microchip company, update information with your veterinarian and the county if the information with the license is outdated.
- Create a flier with your contact information, a recent photo of your pet, the last known location and any possible leads on directions that they were headed, any important medical information and anything else that can distinguish your pet. Deliver copies of those fliers to your neighbors, gas stations, vet clinics, post office delivery employees, food delivery people, and local animal shelters. If you're able to, (check your local laws) post fliers on light posts at frequent intersections, dog parks, and near walking trails.
- Create a social media post with the same info as the flier and share it far and wide, using community sale groups (including Beatrice Neighborhood Watch), asking local vets, shelters and animal establishments to share your post and generally making sure you are reaching as many people as possible.
- If you're missing an indoor cat, leave the door or window that they escaped out of open, they often sneak back in at night and when things are quiet. leave clothing that smells like you outside. check any hiding places, basements, garages, sheds, bushes, window wells, etc, they are likely hunkered down hiding if it was recent that they got out.
- Keep looking, most pets are found in the first 3 days of being missing, but some can be reunited weeks or months later if these steps are followed.