What to Do If You've
Lost Your Dog

  1. Call local shelters, veterinarian offices, radio stations, and the dog warden. Leave them with a description of your pet, the general area where the dog was last seen, and your contact information.
  2. Walk through your neighborhood and talk to your neighbors. Let them know that your dog is missing and leave them with your contact information.
  3. Facebook. Tioga county has a lost dog page on Facebook to help owners reunite with their pets. You can also check Craigslist.
  4. Posters. Make them and hang them in supermarkets, gas stations, feed stores, veterinarian offices, and traffic intersections.
  5. Be wary of recovery scams. There are people out there who will pretend to have your pet in hopes of receiving a reward. If someone contacts you about your dog, ask them to describe your pet thoroughly before giving them any information.
  6. Don't give up.
Precautionary Measures:
  1. Microchip your dog. These tiny transponders are implanted just under the skin and can be read using a handheld scanner available at veterinarian offices and shelters. Each microchip contains a registration number linked to your contact information.
  2. Identification tags. Make sure your dog always--while indoors and outdoors--wears identification tags with your name, phone number, and other contact information.
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