AND LINKS FOR FINDING YOUR BEST FRIEND OR LOCATING A FOUND PET'S
the steps on this page for ideas to help you locate your lost pet
or locate the owners of a found pet. Good luck!
1. CHECK ANIMAL CONTROL DAILY!
the Mat-Su Borough and Anchorage Animal Controls, you can list your
lost and found pet information in a notebook kept at the counter.
Be sure to check that notebook when you go in each day. Do not trust
that calls will be enough; you need to physically go there and look
for your pet. Remember that pets are not kept alive very long at
animal controls, and after 3 days a stray dog or cat can be euthanized
or adopted out.
Losing a pet is
distressing to both the pet and its owner. There are many dangers
for stray pets, including cars, starvation, research laboratories,
and disease. A lost cat or dog can't "phone home," and
many pet owners have known the terrible grief of losing a pet forever.
However, there are also many pets and owners who have been reunited,
and there are ways to prevent your pet from disappearing, as well.
you don't already have one, order at least one identification tag
for your pet's collar today. ID tags are inexpensive. You can usually
buy one at a pet store or pick up an order form at your veterinarian's
should also purchase the required Mat-Su Borough license for your
dog. This is an excellent identification clue for others to locate
you if your pet should become lost. The cost is only $5; purchase
licenses at the animal control shelter.
useful key to preventing pet loss is to get your pet microchipped,
said Betty Vehrs of the Mat-Su Animal Care and Regulation Board.
The Mat-Su Animal Control shelter does microchipping for $20 for
a pet with a license and $25 for one without. Also, check with
your veterinarian: many vets are also providing microchipping services.
let your pet stray.
dog's collar should fit properly. To find this out, you should
be able to fit two fingers between your dog's neck and his collar.
collars are still a debatable issue with some pet owners and veterinarians.
The Alaska Humane Society recommends that you keep your cat indoors,
but if you do let your cat out, be sure to provide it with a proper
stretch collar so if it gets caught it has a chance to escape without
is also not a good idea to leave your pet unattended in your car
for long. Certainly, in the summer months, this is especially important,
since just a few minutes in a hot car can kill an animal. If you
do enjoy traveling with your pet on cooler days, take precautions
so that your pet is not stolen and does not escape. Your pet should
have his or her collar (with identification) on, and you should
keep a leash in the car in case you need it.
sure all your windows are screened to keep your cat in.
you have to take your cat outside, transport her in a carrying
case or on a leash. Cats often panic when carried and escape this
tie up your pet and leave him alone. Don't let him run loose. Sadly,
some pets are stolen and sold to laboratories for experimentation.
Some are stolen for other reasons. Also, if you do have a dog that
you tie out a lot, the Cottage Grove (Oregon) Humane Society said, “you
should question whether you are providing a good, loving home for
this pet. Is he really a part of your family, or is he just a ‘nuisance,’
kept out of your sight? Please treat your pets with the love and
kindness they deserve.”
your pets spayed and neutered. This will reduce their tendency
to wander in the first place. According to Pets & Pals of Sacramento,
a male animal will travel many miles to visit a female in heat.
to Do if You Lose Your Pet
upon losing your pet, begin to look for it. Check in your neighborhood.
Ask children, for they are often the first to know if a new pet
to the Mat-Su Borough Animal Control shelter and look through the
cages. Betty Vehrs, volunteer coordinator at the shelter, said
to return to the shelter every day to check. “We get over
300 animals a month, and the shelter is not responsible for matching
lost and found animals. It is the owner’s responsibility
to come down and look visually.”
the visual inspection, fill out a lost report for the lost pet
notebook up at the main counter at animal control. Vehrs advises
pet owners to bring a picture of their pets to put in the notebook.
while at animal control, check the section of the same notebook
that contains found animals that is located on the front desk.
check the DOA (dead on arrival) records, located in the same notebook
as the lost and found records, at the Mat-Su Borough Animal Control
with the local police department if you lost your pet in Palmer.
with area veterinarian clinics to see if your pet has been brought
in or reported found.
an advertisement in the lost and found section of the local newspaper
(the Frontiersman, 376-5225, offers free listings for lost and
found pets; Anchorage Daily News 376-4101; Talkeetna Good Times,
733-8463). Radio stations will sometimes announce lost and found
pets for free. KMBQ Valley Radio (99.7 AM), 373-0222, keeps a lost
and found list but doesn’t air them. KJNP, Big Lake, 892-2216,
airs them on the Trading Post Bulletin Board but it will be quicker
if you call the North Pole number at 907-488-2216. KTNA (88.5 FM),
Talkeetna, 733-1700, airs them. As for Valley television, Rogers
Cable System does not currently air lost and found pet ads on its
community access channel.
signs or flyers with a description of your pet (dog or cat, breed,
age, size, sex, and any distinguishing marks). If you have a clear
photograph of your pet, include this. Photos usually copy pretty
well, and color copies are now available, although they cost more.
In your flyers detail the date lost, the area the animal was last
seen in, and your name, address, and home and office phone numbers.
Place these signs on local bulletin boards and stores where your
pet disappeared and where you live. (Check with the store owners
to be sure it is all right to put your flyer up, and date your
flyers.) Place some also at the animal control shelter and veterinarian
offices. See if you can put some up at local schools and churches.
your mailman, your newspaper delivery person, and anyone else who
frequently visits the neighborhood to keep an eye out for your
pet. If you know them, you might also ask neighborhood children
(or ask their parents to ask them) to keep an eye out for your
a bowl of your pet's favorite food outside your door in case he
returns while you're gone.
often latch on to people, but cats are even harder to find when
lost. Humane societies recommend looking up and down when you're
searching for a lost cat. Call your cat by name, checking trees,
under cars (sometimes cats hide under car hoods to keep warm),
behind garbage cans, under trailers and houses, and any small place
your cat might have crawled in, up to, or under to hide.
importantly, do these things immediately. Remember that animal
shelters are so overcrowded due to the severe pet overpopulation
problem that they can often only hold strays for three days.
to Do If You Find a Pet
you find a pet, place advertisements in newspaper and radio stations
(see the lost pet article in this issue). Leave information with
veterinarians, humane societies, and animal shelters.
to or call the Mat-Su Borough Animal Control Shelter and fill out
a form to put in the “Found Pets” notebook.
flyers for nearby stores, veterinarian offices, local bulletin
you find a dog that's been groomed, check with dog grooming shops
to see if they recognize him.
turn an animal loose. After several unsuccessful days or weeks
of trying to locate the owner, try to find a home for the pet.
If you are unable to keep the pet in your own home while searching
for a good home for it, take it to the Mat-Su Animal Control shelter.
4: CHECK AND LIST WITH THE LINKS LISTED HERE.
here to go to petfinders.com and search for lost and found
and adoptable pets in Alaska.
the Overpopulation of Pets, Inc.
MAILING ADDRESS for donations and applications: STOP, c/o 3035 Madison Way, Anchorage, AK 99508
(We do not have a physical address as this is an all-volunteer organization with no office)
Message Phone: 907-771-9022 (director's home phone; emailing us preferred)
now - please help us save lives!
Save a stray - spay today!
Prayer for Animals
our humble prayer, O God, for
our friends the animals, especially for
animals who are suffering; for any that are
hunted or lost or destroyed or frightened
or hungry; for all that must be put to death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity
and for those who deal with them we ask
a heart of compassion and gentle hands and
kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true
friends to animals and so to share the
blessings of the merciful. -Albert Schweitzer