Lost & Found Information
PETS! Your pets can not tell someone
who they are or where they live. They need an ID tag but a microchip is
a great back up just in case the collar and tag is removed or comes off.
Two choices of microchiping are AVID
Each vet choses who they want to use and implant but all scanners read
both chips. CAUTION: There are alternative chips available through vendors
such as Petsmart's Banfield Veterinary Group but these chips are on a
different frequency then the commonly owned scanners thus can only be
read by a Banfield scanner. Microchipping cost between $20 and $40 at
your veterinarian. It is well worth it to have a back up to save your
pets life. ASK YOUR VET FOR MORE INFO
o Make sure that your pet has on a collar with rabies tag and a current ID tag AT ALL TIMES. Cats can wear stretch collars with flat tags that are riveted directly into the collar. If your pet is Microchipped, make sure it is registered with your current information. Note: A microchip is not a replacement for a ID TAG!
o Spay or Neuter your pets as soon as possible. Both male and female pets that are not spayed or neutered are much more likely to go looking for companionship and to produce unwanted litters. All pets adopted from FPPR are spayed/neutered prior to adoption.
Keep cats indoors. When dogs are let outside, they should be in a fenced yard or on a leash. Leash laws apply to cats as well as dogs. Make sure your fence is very secure. Dogs are ingenious sometimes and if they can get their nose through it, they will find a way to get their entire body through it.
Microchip your pets. Make sure if you move you update the information on the chip or it is USELESS!
o Immediately call your area shelters and Humane Societies to report that your pet is missing. Include surrounding counties as animals wander and people who find pets often take them to different county shelters.
o Immediately notify Forgotten Paws that the pet is lost. A notice can then be sent out to many rescue groups.
o Check the shelters/humane societies in person at least every 2 days. You cannot rely on shelter personnel to recognize your dog. 9 times out of 10, the people you get on the phone don't even see the dogs that are brought in and your dog may be listed as a Chow mix when you call it a Shepherd mix so the computers will not help either. Shelter's will only hold a dog 3-5 days before slotting them for death. If you slack off, your dog could pay with his/her life!
Click here for a complete SHELTER LISTING listing of shelters, phone numbers, addresses and hours. (notice: you will be leaving this website, hit your back botton to return) . Check local listings for your counties Humane Society (NOT Animal Control) and make a report
o Ask to check isolation areas at the shelters. Many dogs will show fear agression when scared even though they are sweet normally. Agressive dogs get put in a separate section of the shelters! Make sure to ask to see them. Also ask employees if your pet is on the "dead list".
o Run lost ads in the Atlanta Journal & Constitution and any other local newspapers. These Ad's are FREE!
o Check found ads in the papers daily.
o Place flyers around your neighborhood and the major road intersections near your home. Remember that dogs can travel 5-8 miles per day, so don't limit the signs to just your neighborhood! Make sure the signs are big and readable from a moving var.
o Offer a reward. Putting "Reward" on the sign and offering a small monetary amount will grow your chances of passers by taking notice.
o Call neighbors and ask if anyone in their family has seen your pet.
o Call all vets in your area including the emergency clinics. Visit them with flyers if you have time.
o If your pet is wearing a rabies tag, make sure the vet who vaccinated your pet has your correct phone number.
o Also remember that pets often lose their collars when running free. Your pet may not be wearing the collar or tag when found.
o If your pet is microchipped, notify the microchipping company and make sure ehteythey have all updated contact information.
POST the animal online at the following sites - (this may seem excessive but there are so many sites and you never know what site a person will use! The first 8 are the most well known but you never ever know!
o Keep the pet that you found either indoors or in a fenced area while you look for its owner. Feed/water the animal daily. If the animal is hurt or sick, either take it to your local vet or call a humane society or rescue group for help.
o Call shelter/humane societies and report finding the pet. Call and cancel your report if the pet's owner is found.
Click here for a complete SHELTER LISTING, phone numbers, addresses and hours. (notice: you will be leaving this website, hit your back botton to return) . Check local listings for your counties Humane Society (NOT Animal Control) and make a report
o Place flyers around your neighborhood and the major road intersections for approx. 5 miles from where the pet was found. Make sure signs are large and readable from moving cars. Do not write with pen on a white piece of paper. No one can read this!
o If you don't know the breed of dog/cat that you found, ask a vet or expert in help identifying the breed or just list it as "yellow dog", etc.
o Place a free found ad in local newspapers. FREE!
o Call all vets in your area and report the found pet or better yet, sent them a flyer
o If the pet has a tag, call the number on the tag. If he only has a rabies tag, call the veterinarian listed on the tag.
o Take the pet to a local vet and have him scanned for a microchip. Some people think a microchip is enough and not tag is needed
o POST the animal online at the following sites -