Have you lost a pet, or found a lost pet?
Begin your search (or reporting of a found pet) with technology! This has proven to the most effective way of getting the word out. Act quickly – as soon as you realize your pet is missing.
MHS has partnered with Ten Thousand Eyes - a website designed to use technology and the power of social media to reunite lost pets with their families. www.tenthousandeyes.org.
If you have lost your pet, click here.
Please plan to upload a color photo along with a description (additional details below). If you have found a lost pet, click here. It's helpful to have a color photo to upload as well. The site will have instructions.
Here is a list of information that you may want to have ready to upload:
- Name the pet responds to
- Color, gender, breed
- Size (approximate weight is a good descriptor)
- Where pet was last seen or was found (cross-streets, town, state)
- Distinguishing marks
- Collar & tags animal might be wearing
- Telephone number where you can be reached
In addition to posting online, here are a few more things you can do if your pet is lost:
Act quickly – as soon as you realize your pet is missing.
Call Local Police and/or Animal Control Officers: Most people who see a stray dog or cat will report it to the local police. Some towns have their own holding facility for stray animals. New Hampshire law requires towns to hold all stray dogs and cats with identification for seven days.
Spread the News Using Signs & Posters - Signs and posters are very effective tools for finding lost animals. Include a clear description of your pet and a color photo. Post signs at grocery stores, schools, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, local animal shelters and neighborhood businesses. Provide your police department with a copy, too.
Search the Neighborhood - Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. The best times to look for lost pets is in early morning and early evening. Ask letter carriers and delivery people to be on the lookout. Distribute your posters door-to-door. Ask neighbors to check garages or storage sheds where your pet might have become accidentally shut in.
Expand the Search - Call animal shelters, police departments and veterinary hospitals in neighboring towns. It is not uncommon for animals to be found miles from where they were lost.
Social Media/Advertising – in addition to posting on TTE - use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites to get the word out. Place advertisements in newspapers and radio stations immediately. Don't forget to monitor the "Found" ads in the classified section of the local newspapers.
Don't Give Up! - Even when you have little hope left, don't stop searching. Animals who have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners. Be persistent. Keep visiting your shelter and checking with area businesses where you have placed signs.
If you haven’t lost a pet – remember - PREVENTION IS THE BEST DEFENSE!
An ID Tag is your pet's ticket home! It can mean the difference between life and death for a pet. Any pet (even an indoor one) has a better chance of being reunited with her family if she always wears a collar and ID tag with current information. Make sure your pets all have ID tags, or at least write your phone number on their collars with a permanent marker. Ask your veterinarian about permanent methods of identification such as microchipping, too.
What to do if you find an animal
Report your find to the Local Police and your vet. If you are able to contain the animal and transport her, vets have microchip readers.
Bring the animal to MHS if the pet has been found in our service area.
Check Local Lost Advertising - Local papers, local bulletin boards, and busy intersections near where you found the animal may have signs posted by the pet's owner. Also check on-line resources.
Check social media and TTE – post it!
Place posters and flyers near where you found the animal
MHS Policies on Stray Animals
Please only use TTE to report a lost pet. We will be checking this daily.
After 7 Days: We do everything we can to reunite people with their pets. If your pet is microchipped, we will scan and be in touch with owners. When we can't find an owner (or the owner does not come to reclaim the animal) a stray animal in our care will be behaviorally and medically evaluated and made available for adoption. This 7-day stray hold applies to cats with identification, and dogs.