Lost and Found
If You Have Lost a Pet… Start Searching Now!
Start your search immediately! Do not wait!
Whistling, calling, walking and driving are still the best first steps to finding a lost pet. Be sure to drive around at night, also; a pet that is frightened or is seeking shelter from Florida’s heat may hide during the day and become active at night. Talk to neighbors, leaving a description of your pet with as many people as you can. The more “eyes” watching for your pet, the better. Neighborhood children can be especially helpful. Let your mail person know about your missing pet; postal carriers cover a lot of territory. Check local playgrounds, shopping centers, parks and other places where crowds gather.
Check with the animal shelters listed below:
The Humane Society of Broward County
954.989.3977 ext. 6720
Broward County Animal Care & Adoption Center
954.359.1313 or 954.970.0130
Free Ride Home
Not only can the Rabies Registration Tag identify your pet, but it can save you money! If your dog gets lost from home for the first time and is found by a Broward County Animal Care Control Officer with a current Rabies Registration Tag/registered microchip, your pet will be returned to you and no citation will be issued.
Leave a complete description of your pet in case he/she is brought in to them. You should also visit the shelters and continue to visit regularly, as they receive new animals daily and only you know exactly what your pet looks like. Check with nearby veterinary clinics in case your pet has been injured and transported to the clinic by a passer-by. To learn more about this service offered by Broward County Animal Care & Adoption Center, please click here.
Get the word out!
Consider making and posting flyers in shopping centers, on telephone poles, in veterinary offices, pet stores and grooming parlors in your area. Include a detailed description and the name of your pet. Your pet will be more likely to approach a stranger if called by name. If possible, include a clear, reproducible photo. Provide a copy of the flyer to mail carriers, newspaper carriers, utility service people, etc. Advertise in local newspapers.
Also, watch the “Found” ads and respond to any that may possibly be your pet. After a week of wandering, your white poodle may look like a “grey mixed breed.”
Contact local radio or TV stations that broadcast lost pet reports.
There is also an app called Finding Rover that you can down load to assist in reuniting the pet you found.
In addition, there are pages on Facebook devoted to lost and found pets.
- Pooches in the Pines,
- Lost Dogs of Broward and Dade,
- Coral Springs Humane Unit, and
- Lost and Found Pets of SE Florida.
If your city has a Facebook page or your police department does, they will sometimes post lost and found pets as well. Don’t forget to look at Craig’s List too.
Above all, don’t give up searching for your lost pet after just a few days or even weeks. Your pet may wander or may be kept by someone for some time before being turned in to a shelter. Even if your pet was wearing tags, there is always a chance that they were lost or that someone took them off.
Keep your pet properly confined at all times: indoors, on a leash, or in a securely – fenced area. (If fenced, check routinely for holes between and under the fence, loose gate latches, etc.) Be aware when service people visit your home or yard; they may leave gates open.
Make sure that your pet wears a current license and ID tags at ALL times. Licensing is done through Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center or your veterinarian. ID tags are available from many places that sell pet supplies including the Humane Society of Broward County’s Pet Boutique. Be sure to keep a written record of the tag numbers; this information is essential in the event that your pet should become lost. Have your pet micro-chipped to enable positive identification (contact your veterinarian or the Humane Society of Broward County about this procedure). Have a written description (size, weight, color, markings) and current black and white, as well as color photos of your pet on hand. Be sure to leave this information, along with license and ID tag numbers, with anyone entrusted with the care of your pet while you are away. If you move, be sure to have new tags made reflect your new information and if your pet is micro-chipped be sure to notify the chip company.
Neuter your pet
Have your companion animal NEUTERED. This safe surgical procedure greatly reduces an animal’s urge to roam and makes for a happier “homebody” who won’t be tempted to wander into trouble. For low-cost sterilization, contact us at 954.463.7729 or email@example.com.
It’s never too late to get your dog in training! Trainers consider the command “come” the most important command to teach your dog. If she associates “come” with a favorite treat or toy, she will likely stop in her tracks and come back to you. Sign up for low-cost classes at the Humane Society of Broward County and learn tricks to keeping your pet safe at home. Call 954.266.6855 today!