Sometimes, we can get out by accident or off leash, or something else can happen and we get lost. When we do, it's nice to know what information needs to be posted to help us get found again and back with our families.
Other times, we may be found by someone who wants to help us get home. However, not everyone knows how to effectively post the information to help this along.
On the Thousand Islands Bark Bash facebook page, we put "Howl Alerts". These help humans and dogs reconnect by letting everyone know when one of our fur buddies gets lost or is found. To have an alert posted, please send us a message with the following information: the street/municipality/county/province/state area where the pup was lost/found, sex/name/age/breed type if known, colour(s), size, relevant phone number or e-mail address to contact if found. Let them know if there are tags/microchips involved and to whom they are registered. Be sure to include the date and time of the last time the buddy was seen or when found to help us get everyone home again.
Be sure to mention any special information such as illnesses, injuries and conditions; whether to try to approach or not; friendly, unfriendly, shy, etc. Post photo(s) if available and the vet where your best pal may be dropped off if found.
If you find one of us, please be very careful. We get scared, and may not react in the friendliest way. First thing, check for tags and microchips. These can be the best help to find our people for us, but not all of us have them. Once you have us somewhere safe, please post the information, telling people where we were found, what we look like, and where we can be picked up (or offer to take us home). Use a photo if you can take one. As not everyone can be trusted, be sure to hold back some piece of information that only our families would know. That way, we go back to the right hands.
Also, be sure to take advantage of the attached editable form for creating posters to put up in your neighbourhood. The forms here are in word doc format, and can be easily changed and personalised. Post them with vets, the humane society, at your post office, grocery stores, etc., as well as on other public message boards. The best place for every dog is home with the ones who love us most!
AND, when the babies get back home again, please be sure to let the Bark Bash know. We'll get the word out, and everyone can celebrate!