Tips and tricks from PetLink on how to locate a lost pet.

At PetLink, we know accidents can happen; doors and windows can be left open, fences can have holes in them, and pets could get lost. Therefore, it’s important to have a plan in place in case your pet goes missing. We want to reassure you that the PetLink call center is working as normal. We are here to support you 24/7 should your pet get lost. The PetLink Team has prepared some tips to help you with actions to take and to put a plan in place in case you ever need to find a lost pet.

1. Action plan if your pet gets lost

Create an action plan if you pet gets lost, which involves a list of who to call, essential information about your pet, and getting the word out on social media and beyond.

You can download our templates for Lost Pet Posters when you report a lost pet to PetLink.

2. Actions to take now to prepare

Have a digital image of your pet ready for social media – why not take a photo now, just in case!

Log into your PetLink account to make sure you contact information is up to date; and we strongly encourage you to list an alternative contact as well

Be extra vigilant about doors and gates being closed, particularly with children being home from school for summer holidays.

3. More Helpful Tips

Extend your search by calling friends from other towns and cities

Call local animal shelters, vets, and animal control facilities to see if they have your pet.

4. Cautionary Tips

  • ✓ Although we’re here to help protect and recover your pet, we’re also concerned for your safety.
  • ✓ Protect yourself from scams and unscrupulous people who seek to take advantage of you in a vulnerable state.
  • ✓ Avoid calls asking for money or transportation faire.
  • ✓ Always meet someone claiming to have your pet or have information about your pet in a public place and never go alone; do not invite strangers to your home or give them your address.
  • ✓ Before calling off the search, verify that a found pet is, in fact, yours.
  • ✓ Stay hopeful! In a study of US Animal Shelters, dogs and cats with registered microchips were more than twice as likely to get back home.