Lost a Pet


Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter recommends Helping Lost Pets (HeLP).  HeLP provides one website and services free for animal shelters, veterinarians, volunteer groups and any pet-related business or organization so that we can all network everywhere to save more pets. Companion Websites are: Lost Dogs of Wisconsin (Facebook Link or Website ) and Lost Cats of Wisconsin (Facebook Link)
  1. Get the word out by using flyers and signs (Like Yard sale signs) with a good picture of your dog and your phone number. (Check your phone often!)  Go door to door with your flyer in the neighborhood where your dog was last seen. 
  2. Contact your local animal shelters and animal control facilities, vet clinics and police departments to report your dog missing. Fax or email them a photo of your dog and contact information. 
  3. Instruct everyone that is helping you NOT to call or chase your dog. This will prolong your search. If they see your dog the should immediately get down on the ground and quietly lure it closer using tasty treats.
  4. Place an Ad and keep looking in your Local Wisconsin newspapers,  or Iowa Newspapers. Place an advertisement in your local newspapers and offer a reward, but do not specify the amount. This can act as an incentive for people to keep an eye out for your pet. Also, keep checking the Found Pet ads - often persons finding a lost pet will place an advertisement.

Visit Helping Lost Pets, petfinder.com, Midwest Missing Pet Network, Lost Pet USA

Be wary of pet-recovery scams. When talking to a stranger who claims to have found your pet, ask him to describe the pet thoroughly before you offer any information. If he does not include the identifying characteristic you left out of the advertisements, he may not really have your pet. Be particularly wary of people who insist that you give or wire them money for the return of your pet.