Finding a lost pet
Having a pet go missing is a gut wrenching time and what many pet owners fear, especially with a new addition or after a move. We recommend EVERY cat and dog be microchipped with updated contact information; many animals get picked up or taken in to vet clinics, animal shelters, or animal services and you can be reunited with your pet immediately if the microchip is updated with the best contact information.
It's worrisome when your pet goes missing, with or without a microchip, but there are options to getting the word out, and having more eyes looking for your pet increases the chance they can be found.
Besides, posting signs in your neighborhood and alerting friends on social media, there are some resources you may want to check out. Most people are happy to keep an eye out for missing pets.
Here are a few resources you might want to check out in Mississauga:
PAWBOOST: is a great website where you can report your lost animal, or even an animal you have found. They connect with Facebook so it is easy to share it around your community as well. There is a cost, but worth it for a few days of exposure.
HELPINGLOSTPETS.COM is a website that tries to reconnect animals with their owners.
MISSISSAUGA ANIMAL SERVICES: Animal services has been working hard to improve their commitment to the community to re-home animals. They have recently launched a lost and found section in the City of Mississauga website for animals in their care. This includes animals who are alive or, sadly, deceased. Also, call 905 896 5858
Although, not all methods work, here are some suggestions people have said worked to bring their pet homes:
- Setting out your pets bed, some of your dirty laundry, etc that has a strong smell of home outside the home to act as a "smell beacon" to help guide your pet home
- Heading out around dusk, or just after dark when the neighborhood gets quiet with a bag of treats/can of stinky food, and calling out to your pet. For cats, its speculated they don't travel too far and are usually found in neighbors backyards, sheds, or garages.
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