What To Do About Lost Dogs

Lost Pets




Notice To GSRNE Adopters

If your GSRNE German Shepherd gets lost or is missing for several hours, please call the hotline AND email Karen at TMccall488@aol.com, or Chris at MaineLdy@maine.rr.com. Let us know when and where the dog was last seen. Make sure that your Rescue GSRNE dog is wearing his/her GSRNE tag.

With thanks to Debbie Hall for sharing these with us.

Have you lost your dog? If so, don’t delay reporting the dog as missing! The longer you delay, the farther from home your pet may be. The following are suggestions to help you find your pet.

We wish you luck in your search!


When searching for a lost dog WHAT TO DO ASAP , to create a flyer, hand it to

pet food stores, vegetable stands, gas stations, animal control officers of

surrounding towns, and police department

The below websites are user friendly.

POST your LOST pet here as well as view the FOUND pets section on each



http://geo.craigslist.org/iso/us/ (select appropriate state and be sure to view the Pets Category and Lost and Found Category)





  • Leave food & water outside door normally used when walking the dog, as well as something with a familiar scent, such as the dog’s blanket, crate, toy, owner’s smelly shirt or used pillowcase. Try to keep items dry. Dogs may return to where they bolted from at any time, familiar place or not.
  • Create a FLYER with picture of dog. Post and distribute quickly. *
  • Call surrounding towns’ ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER (ACO) immediately, no matter what the hour. If necessary, leave a message. You can call a town Police Department’s non-emergency number to get the name/phone number of each ACO. The ACO may be full or part time. Some towns share, big cities may have several. Ask who picks up dogs hit by cars. Get a flyer/picture to them ASAP. They need detailed descriptions.
  • Next, get flyers to police dispatch, veterinarians, shelters & rescue groups, kennels, dog groomers/walkers/sitters, feed and farm & pet supply stores in area.
  • Visit restaurants big/small, rubbish transfer stations or local “dump”. Go to doughnut shops, convenience food stores, golf courses, amusement parks, airports, senior centers, churches, libraries, fire stations, athletic fields and junkyards.
  • Contact the managers of Dept. of Public Works, Highway, Parks & Recreation, School Grounds, Cable, Gas and Electric companies and give them a flyer for the employees to view.
  • Tape flyers on your vehicle while in area for maximum exposure & publicity.
  • A brief ad with picture in local newspaper is helpful. See if local “free” paper will run an ad for you.
  • Stay “ahead” of dog & go to homes within a 3-5 mile radius and hand out flyers. Skip around if necessary, but cover key areas. Be sure to post at intersections, school districts and athletic fields. If you have time & helpers, the search area can be expanded immediately or on an “as needed” basis. It is better to talk to people in the area than to stuff a mailbox (not legal). Leave flyers on windshields, under flowerpots, in newspaper bins, etc. The newspaper carriers might help by giving flyers to their customers. Give flyers to people walking dogs, joggers/walkers, mail delivery trucks, FED EX, UPS, landscapers, construction crews and rubbish/recycling trucks.
  • Smile, be polite, courteous & always on a positive note. Go to search areas with flyers at different times throughout the day/evening. Make people aware that they are vital to successful lost dog search efforts. Reinforce “Do Not Chase – Call US”. Tell everyone if they see flyers posted, the dog is still missing.

Lost Dogs – Flyer Basics

Searching Hints and Behaviors

Lost Dogs Sighting Calls

Lost Dogs Trapping-Humane Cage Traps

Share Button
Birthday Cards
Now you can send your German Shepherd, or dog lover a birthday wish to remember with one [more]
GSRNE Shopping Page
Thank you for visiting our Shopping Page      You Shop and Amazon Gives to GSRN [more]
GSRNE Cookbooks
Cookbooks are $12 each plus shipping. [more]
German Shepherd Rescue of New England, Inc. (GSRNE) is looking for new foster homes.  Th [more]
Wish List
Our dogs need lots of supplies to keep them happy, healthy and safe!  From durable to [more]
GSRNE Buddy Program
  Everybody Needs a Buddy Sometime!   So many people love our dogs and woul [more]
Sign Up for The Shepherd’s Watch
Click here to sign up for our free monthly newsletter [more]