What to do? Have you lost your pet?
By Dorothée Pâris Pasturel • 19 April 2023
Losing a pet is a stressful experience for both you and your animal.
We want to help you find your pet as soon as possible!
- Walk around your neighbourhood with a bag of snacks or one of your pet’s favourite toys. Call your pet by name. Ask your neighbours if they’ve seen it recently.
- Call your municipality’s public services team: they will be able to put you in touch with the shelter in charge of your municipality’s animal control service. Call the shelter and provide a detailed description of your pet and a photo. View the list of shelters.
- Make colourful posters with a full description of your pet (colour, sex, identification, etc.), a photo, the date and the place where the animal went missing, and your contact information. Put your poster up on mailboxes, on bus shelters, in businesses and pet shops, at veterinary clinics and around your neighbourhood.
- Report your pet’s disappearance on websites that specialize in lost and found animals like Petluck.ca, as well as on Kijiji. You can also post on your municipality’s Facebook page, using the Spotted app.
- Put your poster on your Facebook page to ensure maximum visibility.
- Make regular rounds of your neighbourhood. Cats usually hide out near their owner’s home.
- Don’t give up: sometimes pets are found weeks or even months after they go missing.
- Go searching at nighttime using a flashlight. Cat’s eyes shine in the dark when a light is shone on them, and shy animals may wait until dark to come out of hiding.
If you live in Boucherville, Longueuil, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Alexandre, Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Valentin, Venise-en-Québec please notify Proanima of any missing pet at 450-655-2525, ext. 201, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should also check our photo album of the stray animals taken in by the shelter every day.
Good luck with your search!
How to Prevent Your Pet from Going Missing
- Spay or neuter your pet! A spayed or neutered pet is much less likely to run away because it no longer feels the urge to reproduce.
- Identify your pet with an ID tag and a microchip. While it may not stop your pet from running away, it will be much easier to locate you if your pet is found by a shelter or someone else. At Proanima, we find 100% of the families of identified pets!
- Keep a close eye on your pet when taking it outside. An animal may be distracted by another animal, a scent or a toy outside your property. If you keep a close eye on your pet, you will be able to call it back promptly if it looks like it’s about to wander off. If your dog tends to roam, it might be because it’s bored alone at home. Taking Fido on regular outings will head off a lot of problems!
- Make sure your yard is secure. For your furry friend, a door left ajar, a broken fence or a big hole in your hedge can be enticing invitations to new adventures!
- Practise calling your pet back. Some pets like to do disappearing acts and aren’t crazy about being called back. By using a leash and a reward, you can condition your pet to respond to a repeated word like “home,” “back,” etc.