Dogs Lost a Few Days

Our thanks to Lost Dogs of America for this tip!

Dogs that have been missing for a few days and are still not home will now be starting to look for reliable food sources (usually in the early morning, late afternoon or evening). Make sure you leave smelly food (like canned cat food), water, your dog's bed and an article of your dirty clothing or pillowcase on the porch. Then, look for available food sources where he/she may start to hang out including restaurant and convenience store dumpsters.

Here is a list of other good food sources for lost dogs. Leave flyers at homes and businesses near food sources.
–outdoor cat food (someone feeding barn or feral cats)
–spilled grain around feed bins at farms
–bird seed from bird feeders
–corn fields
–vegetable gardens and fruit trees
–restaurant dumpsters and cooking oil dumpsters
–convenience and grocery store dumpsters
–garbage cans and garbage day in your neighborhood
–trash cans at picnic areas, rest stops, parks and campgrounds
–fire pits at campgrounds
–nuts, berries, grass, horse poop (and other sources of animal waste)
–barbecue grills (they lick the drippings under the grill)
–mice and rabbits, eggs in waterfowl nests, chicken eggs and chickens
–road kill, hunting remains, fish guts and heads
–food processing plants or pet food processing plants
–feed mills
–June bugs, earthworms, grasshoppers

Make Your Lost Dog Signs
Check out your local dollar store for inexpensive supplies to make brightly colored signs for your missing dog. Remember that not everyone has a computer, a smart phone or the internet. Big, neon-colored signs will grab their attention and alert them about your missing dog. Here is an article from Lost Dogs Illinois that gives step by step instructions.
Here are step by step instructions to create effective signs:
Never post pictures with children of your lost dog!

A great tip from Lost Dogs of America

SAFETY REMINDER! Never post photos of your children with your missing dog on public forums. Think about it. You have now posted your contact information, your location, your children's photos and your dog's name for all the world to see. This makes it VERY easy for someone with evil intentions to prey on your children. Be smart and safe! Spread the word about your missing dog, but leave your children out of it! Please spread our message and don't share lost dog posts with children in the photos. Thanks!

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