If You Have Lost Your Dog updated July 12, 2021
Immediate Action To Find
- post flyers as soon as possible where the dog was last seen
- use minimal words and make them as large as possible
- use wide, clear tape to tape flyers to phone poles
-use 3 ring binder cover stapled upside down to protect from rain
(important part of the sign still be readable if it rains)
-lost dog generic flyer with your phone #
-lost dog half page with your # to stuff mailboxes
- hit the streets and give everyone flyer or business card. People are usually very helpful in looking for a dog.
- post on www.petfbi.org
- RICO Pet Recovery
-Columbus based lost dog assistance
-Contact Lost Pet Recovery for volunteer
-check Franklin Co Auditor
Lost Dog Bulletin
-Ohio Lost/Found Portal
-Recovery Tips & Prevention
-National Lost/Found Databases
- Visit Franklin Co An Shelter
525-3646 Go there every few days...
there are too many dogs for them to try figure out if your dog
is there over the phone
-call Mary Jane Stockdale 471-7397 she is a lost/found service
-leave a recently worn t-shirt, shoes, socks on your front/back doors so the dog can smell their way back
-we lost a dog once and drove around with our flashers on and a sign in the
window that said lost dog...a trucker stopped us and sent us 5 miles
in the other direction and we eventually found the dog
-if this is a frightened dog that will not come to anyone, contact us for use of a humane trap
-if you are trying to catch a dog that is on the run, try these tricks
-run/jog/walk AWAY from the dog, see if he/she will follow you to your car
-say SIT, STAY to see if the dog will, then slowly approach while continuing to talk
-staying low will make you less intimidating, sitting/laying down encourages some dogs too
be more likely to come to you
What to do if your pet was stolen
Rescuing a lost pet
Micro Chip Registries
(They also own Pet Net Microchip
Web Sites to Check
pets are stolen,
then sold online,
hoobly is used by
those who do not
want to attract too
Dogs Hit by Cars
You must go in person with a picture of your dog. They will let you know if they find a dog matching the description.
2100 Alum Cr Dr Columbus 43207
104 & Refugee Rd, square blding on left
Try This to Catch a Loose Dog
Carry a slip lead in your car....have a rope like slip lead that fits in the
handle well of your driver door. You can make a slip lead out of a regular leash by turning it around, you don't want to risk just a leash on a collar that a scared dog may back out of then have not even a collar on.
-call the dog in a quiet voice, Here Buddy, then say ..in a little more stern voice, Sit....and if he does....approach slowly while saying siiiiiiiiiiiitttt.....siiiiiiittt....gooooood siiiiiittt...having your voice carry till you are able to catch him.
The other word to try is Stay....good boy Buddy....Staaaaaaayyyyy.....you should also do these things with one hand extended in front of you to catch his gaze.
-run away from the dog.....get his attention...pat your knees..then run back to your car or a fenced area to see if he will follow..once you have him coming toward you...he may be more willing for you to approach.
-pretend you have something and are hiding it from him, slower reach for collar when he comes close enough
(use any wrapper to make that "I have a treat noise"
-sit on ground, turned slightly to the left or right, smile, open arms inviting dog
-sit down, hide your head, cry
-open car door and say "let's go for a ride"
More Tips on catching a loose/shy dog
Lost Dogs, Tips to find a lost dog
-you can sometimes borrow traps from rescues, shelters, humane societies
Where to buy:
Tomahawk Live Traps
Tru Catch Traps
Tractor Supply Stores
Lowes & Home Depot Stores
Havahart (cat/wildlife traps)
Humane Net Traps
Tips on using:
You Tube how to set trap door on trap
-lock trap w/ cable/lock
-put grass on trap bottom in case dog/cat is afraid
of walking on the wire
-use old wrappers from McDonalds/KFC will
remind dog of items that sometimes have food
-use Sardines in water (less messy) or KFC to
-put trail of food from outside trap to very rear of
trap so they step on plate and make trap door
-use zip lock bag w/ contact info on bottom/rear of
trap so it doesn't flap in the wind
-take trapped animal, still in trap to secure
location to get out of trap
-use choker collars and/or slip leads to transport
How to help a dog/cat you found
If you have helped a dog by getting that dog off the street or out of a bad situation, thank you.
We are typical of most rescues and our foster homes are always full. As much as we would like to take this dog from you, we have had a waiting list of dogs to come into our group since the day we formed.
These are the things you can do to try to further help this dog. Please read before you call.
We are swamped with many calls everyday. We are an all volunteer organization and our hotline and e-mail responses are returned by people who volunteer their time. We have found that we are typically hearing the same information and giving out the same info.
1 If the dog has a dog license, go to this link to input the license number and get the phone number of the dog's guardian, Franklin County Auditor's Office
2 Check Petfbi.org
to see if someone listed this dog as missing
3 Call Franklin Co Animal Control, 525-3646 to file a report
4 Have the dog scanned for a micro-chip at a vet's office. Most vets will do this for free
6 Post to: Petkey.com
if you do not find the dog's home
1 Have Franklin Co Animal Control pick up the dog
2 Call a pure breed rescue to see if they can assist you. Pure breed rescues are sometimes more able to take dogs of
their breed in to their groups because they have waiting lists of people who want that kind of dog.
3 Try to place this dog on your own. Read our "Surrender/Placement" information. This info includes
tips/ideas on how to go about finding a new home for the dog you have found. Most importantly, get this
dog spayed/neutered before he/she leaves your care. See our low cost spay/neuter info so you can
help us stop the cycle of overpopulation.
4 Columbus Dog Connection will assist you in placing this dog by listing him/her on our site under "other
dogs available" The pooch would need to stay in your care and it would be up to you to place him/her.
Spay/neuter assistance may be available if needed. Contact Kellie for more info KDifrischia@gmail.com
Dog Search Services
--From Above Aerial's Pet Search/Rescue
--Lost Dog Recovery 614-377-1777
--Steve Hagey 215-997-2687 Pet Rescue Bloodhound Reasonable rates & very good. His dog is trained to locate cats and dogs.
FindToto.com For $85 will use your house as the center to call 500 homes or more depending on the package you choose in your neighborhood to ask if they have seen your dog
use of a humane trap