How to find your lost dog​

Gather friends and family a Search Party

Head out the door and ask your neighbours to be on the lookout for your dog and to alert you immediately if they spot him. Give them a copy of your poster to have quick access to your contact information.

Get the word out!

1. Contact the animal shelter in Chatham (Pet and Wildlife Rescue 226-996-9969) and report your pet missing. Email them a picture if you have one, or contact them on Facebook.

2. Post on social media and don’t forget to add your phone number!
3. If your dog is micro-chipped, call your vet to get the microchip number if you don’t have it handy and ask him or her to alert the microchip registry.

A picture is worth a thousand words!

If canvassing the neighbourhood was unsuccessful, it’s time to get visual. Making posters with a photo of your dog, his name, where and when he was last seen and your contact information will keep passer by on the lookout. Put them on telephone poles, at your local grocery store, coffee shops, etc., and post to social media and other online resources for lost pets. 

Check social media often to see if someone has found your pet. Have a peek at our sample poster below. Try to use bright colour (construction paper from the Dollar Store or Walmart works great) and make it as big as possible. To create your poster free online visit:

Be prepared… before your pet goes missing

To help improve the chances of a quick and happy reunion, be sure your dog is never without a collar and ID tag that includes your name, current address and phone.

Get Your Dog Microchipped

A microchip is an investment you won’t regret! When your dog or cat gets a microchip implanted, you will also receive a small tag with the chip’s number and a toll-free telephone number to call if you pet is found. The number of the microchip is linked to your name, address and phone number. If the cost of getting your pet chipped is a concern, contact the Chatham animal shelter and find out when their next microchip clinic is taking place. The cost is usually only $20 per animal.

Focus on Prevention

If your dog spends time unsupervised in your yard, regularly check that the fence is secure, that gates are latched, and there are no openings where he can escape. While dogs do love to run free, keeping him leashed during walks will keep him safe, and it is also the law!

Let him run around in a safely enclosed yard or dog park instead.

Training your dog to sit when you open the door is a great way to avoid him darting out. Practicing recall in a secured area is also a wonderful way to keep your dog safe.