Recovery Tips

At Missing Pet Partnership, rather than telling you what YOU NEED TO DO to find your lost pet, we’d rather see lost pet services available in your community! Expecting grieving, brokenhearted people (who are not trained or equipped for the task) to search for their own missing pet does not make sense! However, the concept of lost pet services is still in the early stages of development. Since pet detectives might not be available in your area, we offer these unique lost pet behavior recovery tips.

What makes our lost pet recovery tips unique? Two facts: they are species specific and they are behavior specific.

By “species specific” we mean that the methods, techniques, and resources that you should use to search for a lost cat are very different from those you should use to search for a lost dog or a lost ferret. Cats, dogs, and ferrets are very different animals. They behave differently, they are responded to differently when people see them, and they travel different distances when lost. One of the biggest mistakes made with other pet sites that offer “lost pet tips” is providing canned suggestions that might not be the most effective method to recover a lost pet. For example, most shelters and animal websites tell you that if your cat is missing you should do three primary things: place an Ad in the newspaper, check the local shelter cages, and post flyers in your area. But if your cat is a skittish, indoor-only cat who escaped outdoors then these three methods are NOT going to increase your chances of recovering your lost cat!

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By “behavior specific” we mean that the individual behavior and temperament of a cat, dog, ferret, or other species will influence how that particular animal will respond to human contact as well as the distance he/she will travel when lost. The roots of our knowledge in lost pet behavior stem from our knowledge of studies conducted into the behavioral patterns of missing people. There is a science to finding lost people and a lot of that knowledge can be applied to finding lost pets. Professionally trained searchers don’t wander aimlessly in the woods when searching for a missing hiker. Instead, an organized search plan is implemented based on the knowledge of the behavioral patterns of lost people.

Each recovery tip page on our website contains unique and useful information that can help you if you’ve lost a pet, found an animal, or if you want to protect your animal family. Within each of the pages are links to lost pet services and websites with further information that can help you recover your animal family member. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll find:

Lost Cat Behavior: The temperament of a cat influences how far he/she will travel when lost.

Displaced Cat Behavior: When an indoor-only cat escapes outdoors, utilize a baited humane trap as a recovery tool.

Lost Dog Behavior: The temperament, circumstances, and appearance of a dog will influence how far he/she travels when lost.

Other Species: Various species behave differently when lost.

Posters 5+5+55: Probably the most effective method for recovering lost dogs and some lost cats!

Found Stray: We have GREAT tips that will help you reunite a loose (stray) dog with his/her family! We wish all rescuers who find dogs would follow this advice!

Prevention: Here are some things you can do to protect your animal family.

Think Lost, Not Stray: Revolutionary yet convincing concept. By shifting our point of view we can reduce the overcrowding of shelters and reunite found dogs and cats with their families!

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