I compile and share this due to a recent scare with one of our family members, our grand dog.  I’ve had this posted on our website (www.CedarCityPetSitting.com) for years but this is an updated version.  It can also be found on the website www.CedarCityDogs.com which is a local dog group that helps the shelters and offers dog training classes and activities.  The group is called Friends of Festival Country K9s.
This list recommends things to do when your pet goes missing with a list of all the local Iron County, Utah animal shelters & veterinarians as well as groomers, kennels & rescue groups with Facebook links, newspaper and radio contacts.   These ideas can pertain to anywhere in the country.
Facebook and social media is a HUGE asset.  It gets the word out quickly and has many proven results (hundreds that I, personally, am aware of).  When our grand dog was lost, I had 60 shares from my personal Facebook page within 7 hours, not including all the links I’ve listed below.  The faster you get the word out, the better chance you have of finding your pet (dog, cat, bird, horse, ferret, snake etc.)
This is long and with a lot of pages but A LOT of information compiled in one location.
I sure hope this information helps you, your pet is found safe, and you have many happy years with your pet.
Diane Gil
D&B’s Pet Sitting
1.      Call the local shelters.  Not just the one in your immediate area but all of them.  If they aren’t open (like on weekends), call Dispatch to notify Police, Sheriff Deputies, or UHP to keep an eye out.   
Dispatch: 435-586-9446
2.     Search surrounding neighborhood or areas and leave your information with everyone you see.
3.     Post pictures and informationabout your lost pet and YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION on Facebook and other social media.  This has returned an immense amount of pets, some within hours or less of their loss.  Several shelters, blogs and lost and found links are listed below.
4.    Immediately make up fliers and posters to post and hand to people, put on doors, or windshields with your contact information. (samples below)
5.    Contact ALL the local veterinarians.  Local Veterinarian info is posted below (I posted the “lost” information on their doors to see when they arrived on Monday morning) Why? Someone might have found your pet and brought it to the vet or called the vet asking if anyone was looking for your pet.
6.     Post signs(see sample below) everywhere… like grocery stores, pet supply stores, traffic intersections, groomers, kennels, etc.  *** Include sex, age, weight, breed, color or any special markings.   Leave one identifying characteristic out so you can ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.  Don’t forget to post your contact info in big, bold print.
7.     Door to door.  Leave a flyer behindwith the above pet’s info and your contact info.
8.     Visit all groomers and kennels to post fliers. Unfortunately, some people find a pet and think, “Finders Keeper Losers Weepers”.  If they take the pet to the groomers or kennel, the location can inform you.  I’ve seen this happen over the years. ***Having your pet micro-chipped helps prove ownership. 
9.     Post in Newspapers, contact Tradio. (Info below)
10.   Don’t give up.  Be persistent.

*****Always micro-chip and have identification tags on your pets.  Tags with your phone number and address can, many times, get your animal returned to you immediately rather than the trauma of having to go to a shelter or wait an entire weekend in holding.  Cats tend to lose their identification regularly but microchips are a great back up plan.  All local veterinarians in our area have scanners as do the animal shelters.  Be sure if you have moved that your information is updated with the company that issued the microchip.  (Usually Home Again or AVID)  Home Again offers a Lost Pet Recovery System as well for a yearly fee.  HomeAgain.com/lost-pet-alert

Local veterinarians can help you micro-chip your pet.  There is also a Vaccination and Micro-chip Clinic monthly at the local IFA on Main Street.  NOTE: Micro-chips can also show proof of ownership.
GPS Trackers that can be placed on your pet are the latest of safety equipment.  I do not have a recommendation for this but our son researched them to place on his dogs and I have listed them below.

****I plan to test different GPS device trackers and will post our recommendations.
All pets, even indoor pets, should have identification.  Why?  Those are the pets that are usually highly likely to get lost as they are not used to the outdoors and don’t know how to interact with their unfamiliar surroundings.
Local Shelter Information:
Iron County Animal Shelter
3109 North Iron Springs Road
Cedar City Animal Control
1150 W. Kitty Hawk Drive
Cedar City UT  84720
            435-586-2960       Shelter
            435-586-9446       Dispatch
 Enoch City Animal Shelter
4916 North 600 East
Enoch, UT 84720
Phone:       435-586-1119
Parowan Animal Shelter/
Parowan Animal Assistance League (PAAL)
20 E. Center
Parowan, UT 84761 US
Local Veterinarians:
Cedar Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Steven Thinnes
533 N. Airport Road, Cedar City
Mt. View Animal Hospital
Dr. Richard Bagley
2265 W. MidValley Road, Cedar City
So. Utah Animal Hospital
Dr. Kelly Esplin
1203 N. Main Street, Cedar City
Color Country Animal Hospital
Dr. Norton & Dr. Rawlinson
390 North 4050 West, Cedar City
Parowan Valley Vet Clinic
Dr. Leilani Wilson
20 E 100 North, Parowan
Southwest Animal Emergency
1067 E. Tabernacle Street, St. George
Zion Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Casey Wittwer
90 E State Street, Hurricane
Indian Creek Veterinary Services
Dr. Seven Yardley
1501 N Hwy 357, Beaver
Some of the Suggested locations on Facebook to post your pet with pictures:
**If you or friends can “bump” your post, it will keep it higher in the feed and “front and center”.

Iron County Lost, Found & Shelter Pets

Utah Lost and Found
Southern Utah Lost Pets
Cedar City Animal Shelter
Iron County Sheriff’s Animal Shelter
Enoch City Animal Shelter
PAAL – Parowan Animal Assistance League
Cedar City Dog Park Group
Friends of Festival Country K9s
Cedar City Blog Shop
Southern Utah Animals and Livestock
Cedar/Enoch Pets Blog Shop
Life in Cedar City and Iron County
Utah Animals Forever Home
Tradio for Southern Utah
Other suggested locations to post include Craigslist St. George and KSL.com
Call Tradio from 9AM to 10AM,  Mon. to Sat. to get your lost pet on the radio  435-586-5900
Local Iron County Newspapers & Links:
Iron County Today (ads must be submitted before 12PM Fridays)
435-867-1865 or online at www.ironcountytoday.com
Spectrum Daily News 435-674-6209 ** Ads must be submitted before 3PM on Friday
Pioneer Shopper 435-628-5238
St. George Craigslist – Community Pet Section at www.stgeorge.craigslist.org
Local Iron County Groomers 
(this may not be a complete list.  Please let me know if I’ve missed anyone.):
**Find out if they have a Facebook page that you can post pictures and information to.
Barkin’ Barbers  620 W Industrial Road, Cedar City  435-867-1924
Canyon Pet Depot  604 S. Main Street, Cedar City 435-865-1003
Cedar Bark Grooming  298 North 900 West, Cedar City  435-867-8117
Diana’s Dog Grooming  2113 N Main Street, CC  435-586-4826
Tyner’s Dog Grooming   491 S. Main Street #7, CC  435-586-6061
The Hitch’n Post   4200 N Wagon Wheel Drive, Enoch  435-586-7530
The Groom Room  4709 N Enoch Road, Enoch  435-865-6780
Red Rover Resort   911 North 2175 West, CC  435-586-2669
Petsense   582 S. Main Street, CC 435-267-2727
Tobi Kerby (17 years experience) Enoch  435-592-1492
Ms. J’s Mobile Dog Grooming 435-592-1200
Local Iron County Dog Boarding Facilities
(or Rescue Involved Individuals):
D&B’s Pet Sitting  435-865-7347  (please post to our Facebook Page) 
4891 West 1000 South, Cedar City
Red Rover Retreat  435-586-2669  911 North 2175 West, Cedar City
The Hitch’n Post  435-586-7530   4200 N. Wagon Wheel Drive, Enoch
Paw to Purrfect Pet Sitting Fostering and Horse Boarding    435-705-3112  
2352 West 4000 North, Cedar City
Cedar Animal Rescue  435-586-0899    3854 West 425 North, Cedar City

****I plan to test different GPS device trackers and will post our recommendations.

Do a Google Search to get poster or sign ideas.  Some ideas have pull tabs which is a good way to go when hanging fliers in locations such at IFA, Cal Ranch and wherever you are permitted to hang posters.  See below for a couple suggested ways to get the word out.
If you do road sign posters, make sure they are large enough so people do not have to get out of their cars to read them.  The larger the better but an example of an 8 X 10 is below.  Note that the contact number, picture and information is as large as could fit.
If you are not located in the Iron County, Utah area, I recommend going to Petfinder to get information on your local shelters and rescue groups.  They have a HUGE network with 11,953 Adoption Groups from all over the U.S.
A great resource for lost pets is the non profit called the Missing Pet Partnership.  They have everything from species specific (i.e. lost dog behavior to lost cat behavior as well as ferrets, birds, snakes etc.) information.  There is an abundance of information on Lost Pet Help, recovery tips, consultants to call, directories and more.  Their website link is:

Our Story
I write this because we, personally, just had a scare with our son and daughter-in-law’s dog.  Their dog, Foxie, was visiting some family on the south end of town in Cedar City when their neighbors blew off fireworks.  Within ½ hour of Foxie running off, there were family and friends scouring the surrounding neighborhoods looking for her.  Foxie is 13 years old and normally tires pretty quickly so we did not think she would have gone too far.  Boy, were we wrong.  This happened on a Sunday afternoon so we knew Cedar City Animal Control was not working and they were not called right away.  That was our biggest mistake.  Even though the shelter is not open, Dispatch is working 24/7 and they can relay your information to the police on duty.
About 2 hours after Foxie was missing, a call was made to Dispatch to see if anyone reported a dog fitting Foxie’s description.  Low and behold, a police officer had tried catching her on the freeway an hour earlier but she was so scared she darted away.  While we were all scouring the nearby neighborhood, she had made it an estimated 7 MILES to the north end of town within an HOUR of her loss.  Had we called Dispatch earlier, we could have been looking in the correct location.  As it was, we didn’t start looking in the area where she was located until just before dark. 
With temperatures dropping quickly, we were feeling panicked about Foxie freezing.  We got help from some wonderful and amazing people, who don’t even know Foxie.  They found our posts on Facebook and quickly joined the search.  I highly recommend using Social Media like Facebook to get the word out immediately.  Foxie was lost just after 2PM, I was notified at 3PM and I posted her pictures, description and contact phone numbers immediately after hearing about her loss.  I also immediately made up Posters and fliers (3 to a page) that could be left with people when going door to door.
We had 60 “shares” to other Facebook locations off of my personal Facebook page alone by 11PM and multiple “re-shares” all over the internet.  People were “bumping” our post on blogs to keep them at the top of the feeds.  The public kept her pictures and information front and center but it is strongly suggested you do this yourself if you do not have anyone to help you “bump”.  Long story, but I just want it to be noted, Facebook and social media works. 
Foxie was found by flashlight at about 11:30PM in single digit freezing temperatures because her owners, family and new social media friends would not give up.  She was down the embankment from the freeway.  They were walking the freeway on both sides and on the median to look for tracks where the police had seen her and followed some tracks to under a bush.  She was curled up in a ball and freezing but is alive and well.  Her parents immediately purchased a GPS tracker to put on her collar so they know exactly where she is at all times.  More Info on GPS Trackers is posted.
The family would like to THANK everyone involved with helping to locate Foxie.  In our family, our dogs are our 4 legged children and mean the world to us.  We can’t express our gratitude enough to everyone that helped.  What an amazing and wonderful community we live in. 
A little information about me.  I have been involved in some way with pet rescue since 1986.   We have fostered many animals and have worked with numerous rescue groups and shelters all over the western U.S. as well as having worked for a veterinarian.  Second only to family, my passion is, and always has been, animals since I was a child.  My husband, Bruce, and I started a pet sitting and dog boarding business in Cedar City  in 2007.  You can visit www.CedarCityPetSitting.com for more information about us. 
I hope the following information helps you, if you have the traumatic experience of losing your pet.  The following information can be printed off of  our website.
Diane Gil
D&B’s Pet Sitting