WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU LOSE SOMEONE'S DOG
Pro tip: try not to do this, but in the event that you're dogsitting, take the dog on a walk and lose it...here's what I learned:
- •Tell the ownerWho wouldn't? You don't want to be that owner who finds out your dog is gone from the Internet. Be sure to ask if the dog is microchipped.
- •Call any emergency contacts the owner left with you
- •Reach out to community blogsIn my case, this included Popville, the Bloomingdale neighborhood blog and the Bloomingdale business association blog.
- •Call the animal shelter and file a lost dog report
- •Call all the local vets
- •Make a flierReach out to design friends for tips. Write "LOST" in the largest type and the rest can be in smaller, but still large, type that is readable from a distance. Keep it short and use one big photo to draw folks in. Printing in color helps too.
- •Flier the neighborhoodThen follow up with anyone you called/emailed with said flier.
- •Create a Facebook pageAbsurd, I know. But it helps! The more people like and share your news, the wider search network you'll have. Plus, it's a great way to provide updates rather than fielding text after text and phone call after phone call.
- •If desperate, hire a pet trackerYes. I went there. It's expensive so think hard before you do this. Realistically, a tracker won't be able to find the dog but it'll help shed light on where you should focus your search efforts.
- •Sit, feel helpless and wait for things to look up