A lost pet can be a frightening experience for any pet parent. Immediate action is crucial, but where do you start? Follow the steps below for the best chance of a reunion.
Walk the neighborhood: Take a walk around the immediate area and speak to any neighbors, postal service workers, landscapers, or anyone who may have seen your lost pet. You know your pet best, so look in areas that your pet may have been interested in or comfortable hiding in. Most pets are found close to home.
Share their scent: Put a couple of your pet’s favorite items near the most common entry ways into your home. The front door and the door into your yard would be the best locations. You can include items like their favorite bed, blanket, toys, their litterbox (if cat) and any other items they use frequently. Their scents may help them find their way home.
The Winchester Area SPCA keeps records of animals reported as lost for 30 days. When new animals are brought in, the lost records are cross-referenced, and potential matches are notified. If you have lost a pet, contact the WASPCA with a description. If you have a picture or flyer, you may e-mail it or bring it to WASPCA Admission Center during business hours to place it with your lost pet report.
Reclaiming your pet.
Should your lost pet arrive at WASPCA, you may reclaim him or her by providing the following: valid ID and proof of ownership. The Winchester Area SPCA does not charge a fee to reclaim your pet in normal circumstances.