If You Have Lost Your Dog:
Step One: Ask if any neighbors have seen your pet, they might have noticed which direction they went off in, or by chance might have taken them in.
Step Two: If neighbors have not seen your pet, PHYSICALLY COME TO THE SHELTER and check! A description over the phone may not match what we see. We're open Mon-Fri 11:30am-6pm.
Step Three: Once you visit our location, and your pet is not at the shelter, you will be asked to fill out a Lost Report. This report will contain your contact info as well as a description of your pet. If possible print or email a picture of your pet to the shelter, it will help us immensely!
Step Four: Keep checking and keep looking! Visit any of the links to the right and print out flyers to post in your neighborhood, don't give up hope! Include your pet's sex, age, weight, breed, color, and any special markings. When describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.
If You Have Lost Your Cat:
Follow all of the same steps for a lost dog above and try these additional steps as well:
Place your cat's litter box outside; they can smell it from up to a mile away. Many lost cats don't go far from home and are often too scared to come out of hiding or can't find their way home.
Placing food outside to try to lure in your cat is not encouraged as stray cats often find the food first and may scare your cat off. This step can sometimes be successful as a last resort.
And remember to be persistent! Cats can survive weeks or even months outside before being brought in. Please provide a clear picture of the lost animal when you fill out a Lost Report.
Lost Pet Resource Links
Lost My Doggie
Lost My Kitty
The Center for Lost Pets
Battle Creek Craigslist - Check the lost+found as well as pet postings under the community banner. Be wary of pet-recovery scams. When talking to a stranger who claims to have found your pet, ask them to describe the pet thoroughly before you offer any information. If they do not include the identifying characteristic you left out of the advertisements, they may not really have your pet. Be particularly wary of people who insist that you give or wire them money for the return of your pet.
Tracking Your Dog with GPS - Follow this link for information on the reasons for, and benefits of, using a GPS tracking device for your dog.