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.
D&B’s Pet Sitting
HOW TO FIND A LOST PET:
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.
surrounding neighborhood or areas and leave your information with everyone you
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
County Animal Shelter
North Iron Springs Road
City Animal Control
Kitty Hawk Drive
City UT 84720
City Animal Shelter
North 600 East
Animal Assistance League (PAAL)
UT 84761 US
Cedar Veterinary Clinic
Airport Road, Cedar City
Mt. View Animal Hospital
MidValley Road, Cedar City
So. Utah Animal Hospital
Main Street, Cedar City
Color Country Animal Hospital
Norton & Dr. Rawlinson
North 4050 West, Cedar City
Parowan Valley Vet Clinic
100 North, Parowan
Southwest Animal Emergency
Tabernacle Street, St. George
Zion Veterinary Clinic
State Street, Hurricane
Indian Creek Veterinary Services
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
Lost and Found
Utah Lost Pets
City Animal Shelter
County Sheriff’s Animal Shelter
City Animal Shelter
Parowan Animal Assistance League
City Dog Park Group
of Festival Country K9s
City Blog Shop
Utah Animals and Livestock
Cedar/Enoch Pets Blog Shop
Cedar City and Iron County
Animals Forever Home
for Southern Utah
suggested locations to post include Craigslist St. George and KSL.com
Tradio from 9AM to 10AM, Mon. to Sat. to
get your lost pet on the radio 435-586-5900
Local Iron County Newspapers
County Today (ads must be submitted before 12PM Fridays)
or online at www.ironcountytoday.com
Daily News 435-674-6209 ** Ads must be submitted before 3PM on Friday
George Craigslist – Community Pet Section at www.stgeorge.craigslist.org
(this may not be a
complete list. Please let me know if I’ve
**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)
Ms. J’s Mobile Dog Grooming
County Dog Boarding Facilities
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
LINKS TO GPS
TRACKING DEVICES FOR PETS:
****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
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:
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.
D&B’s Pet Sitting