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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:
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

Where to Flyer

Check out this tip from Lost Dogs of America

In our experience, lost dogs do not want to live deep in the woods. They prefer to lurk on the edge of civilization, near food sources. In hot weather, they will need a reliable source of water. (In winter, they will eat snow). They need a quiet place to hunker down during the day with an easy path to travel at dusk and dawn, when they are likely to be moving about for food and water.

Concentrate your flyering on places like this:

*Houses that back onto wooded areas or parks
*Tall grass or marshy areas
*Golf courses
*Campgrounds and Picnic areas
*Sporting fields
*Industrial parks and abandoned factories
*Quiet cul de sacs
*Decks, old cars, old machinery, boats – especially with overgrown grass
*Untidy yards and farm yards
*Abandoned barns and sheds
*Wooded areas behind restaurants, bars, grocery stores and convenience stores – anywhere food is sold or served
*Anywhere that outdoor cats are being fed

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