• First and foremost, calm yourself. While this may feel as though I am expecting the impossible, if you can somehow manage to be grounded in your own energy, you will be ever-so-much more capable and instrumental at this crucial time.
  • Simultaneously, you want to spread the word as quickly as possible to enlist the help of as many people (extra sets of eyes) as possible. You don’t want to later regret a delay based on an assumption that your pet would return on its own within a few hours. Time truly is of the essence.
  • Notify local animal shelters and humane societies of your lost pet’s description. Also, go in person to view the animals for yourself. (Even if your pet was wearing identification when s/he became lost, it’s important to remember that collars and tags are removable.) Be sure to inquire about restricted areas, such as hospital and quarantine wards – even if you think these couldn’t possibly apply to your pet.
  • Contact local veterinary hospitals and provide them with comparable information.
  • Do the same with groomers, kennels, pet stores, and dog training clubs.
  • Those people who spend time outdoors are typically in the best positions to notice your wandering pet. Therefore, it is particularly advantageous to alert:
    • Children
    • Mail carriers
    • Parcel delivery services
    • Meter readers
    • Gardeners
    • Police
    • Public transportation services
    • Construction workers
  • Go out on foot to search, particularly in the quiet hours, when your pet can best hear you calling.
  • Distribute flyers to neighbors.
  • Post flyers throughout the vicinity where your pet was last seen, including:
    • Major intersections
    • Parks
    • Bus stops
    • Grocery stores
    • Maybe even windshields of parked cars
  • ¬†Place lost ads in local newspapers.
  • List lost reports on websites.
  • Check comparable found reports.
  • Some radio stations broadcast descriptions of missing pets.
  • If you don’t find your pet quickly, be sure to broaden your search area. It is not uncommon for pets to be picked up by well-meaning passersby who intend to remove them from harm’s way, only to be driven to a place of business or a residence, from which they run off again – and become lost in an entirely different area
  • Check reports of possible sightings as quickly as possible. Animals don’t necessarily stay in one place for long. Additionally, they can cover a lot of ground quickly – and are not as limited to roadways as we are.
  • Does your locale have a separate department which is responsible for animals found on freeways? As daunting as it sounds, it is important to check listings of deceased animals. If you had to choose between knowing or living with uncertainty, which would you prefer? Besides, as long as your pet’s description is not on such a list, you have renewed hope.
  • Consider a reputable pet detective service.
  • Do your best to choose positive thoughts. That which we focus upon is that which we manifest into our lives. Concentrate on an image in your mind’s eye of your animal safely back at home. Accompany this with the intense feeling of joy and gratitude that you would imagine experiencing at the moment of being reunited with your precious pet.
  • Consider implementing one or both of the following techniques when you are collected and centered:
    • Visualize a robust cord of light energy that extends between the hearts of you and your missing animal. (This cord, by the way, is not new but exists for all who share loving bonds.) Imagine your pet, calmed by the recognition of this cord, drawn one step at a time back home to you along this vibrational pathway.
    • Visualize an immense and brilliant spotlight radiating from the top of your home into the sky. Imagine instructing your lost pet to look for this beacon. In your mind’s eye, see him or her using it successfully for guidance back home.