You’re tidying up your apartment. Setting the dishes in place, wiping down the counters, and you reach down to pick up the trash. You head out the front door, but don’t think to close it shut. By the time you come back, you close the door, and head to the couch with a bowl of ice cream, satisfied with a job well done.
All is well until you notice it is quiet. Too quiet. Checking room after room, you notice what’s wrong: your dog is missing.
Losing a pet can be a plethora of emotions: scary, stressful, sad. Trust me, a young man by the name of Kevin knows. He lost his Asian Water Lizard, Poseidon a few weeks ago. After all of the commotion, it made me think – there are plenty of animals that go missing in the SWFL area, and they don’t receive even half of the attention Poseidon generated.
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If you end up losing a pet, the first thing to do is always check your county’s animal services center. They hold pets for a certain amount of time, usually three to five business days, and after that, they become property of the county and may be adopted, transferred to another agency or euthanized if deemed unadoptable.
After you’ve checked with the county, you may want to file a missing report or create a post in a missing pet Facebook group. People in your area will be on the look out for your dog, and may update you if they find it.
And lastly, prevention is key. Before you ever get to the point of losing your dog, get them microchipped. If someone finds your pet, or worse, steals it and take it to the vet, the microchip will alert the vet who the owner is. If your information is update, that may be all they need to bring Fido home.
We hope that this holiday season, you keep your pet safe, and in the event they do get lost, that these tips will help them be on their way home.