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buckeyenut
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Posted - 05/14/2009 :  5:26:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

If you LOSE A PET, here is some great advice from our volunteers:

1. Make flyers with your pets photo, contact information & area last seen. Keep wording to a minimum - it makes the print larger and easier to see.

2. Post flyers in your neighborhood and surrounding areas. Give one to every person you talk to - you never know! Don't forget to post one at the grocery store, convenience store, vets office, near schools, video store, coffee shop, restaurant, pet store, the park or anyplace that will allow you. FYI - if posting flyers on telephone poles, put them in plastic page protectors with the opening facing the bottom. That way if it rains, they won't be ruined.

3. Check with your neighbors. Knock on doors and ask if anyone has seen your pet.

4. Check your local shelter - every single day. They can get as many as a hundred animals brought daily in by the public or by the Dog Warden. You can call them, but chances are they won't have any info on who has been brought in. You must go in person - every day.

5. Call your local Police Dept. An officer or Good Samaritan may have picked up your pet or the dispatcher may have information.

6. Same goes for your local county Animal Control and Sheriffs offices. Call neighboring Police Depts, too.

7. Call your Public Works Dept. They often times have the task of picking up deceased animals.

8. Check with local Animal Rescue organizations. Its not unusual for one of them to foster the lost pet or know who has it. They normally network with each other and keep a list of Lost & Found animals.

9. If your pet is a purebreed, check these specialized rescues. They may even be in a neighboring state!

10. Check with area veterinarians who may have taken in an injured stray. If they have your pet, kindly pay the bill and thank them for caring enough to help an unknown animal. Many offices have a bulletin board of Lost & Found pets, so check them in person, too.

11. Check other animal related businesses such as groomers, pet stores, trainers.

12. If your pet is microchipped, immediately call the company and report the pet missing. Make sure your contact info is up to date!

13. Call your local and regional newspapers and place a LOST ad. Ask if it will be posted online. Some papers do this at no charge. Ask them if anyone has called in a FOUND ad with a matching description!

14. Check internet sites daily; like Pets911.com, Petfinder.com, Craigslist, Dogdetective.com, Missingpets.net, Fidofinder.com.

15. Ask if local elementary schools or teachers will post your flyer in their classroom. Kids and pets go hand in hand and kids are more likely to notice a stray pet in their neighborhood.

16. If your city has a local public access TV or cable channel bulletin board, call them and ask that they run an ad. There is normally no charge.

17. Organize a search party. Remember to always search in pairs, have a cell phone, camera, collar and leash, a carrier for small pets, flashlight and a first aid kit. Wear old clothes (long sleeves & pants are best) and boots, have each party bring along a baggie of fresh chicken to lure a scared pet close enough for leashing, and no loud noises or sudden movements. If you can, find out the pets "key words" and always speak softly when approaching a strange animal.

18. Offer a reward. It's true, money talks. Most folks won't even accept it. Ask if they would prefer you donate the money to a local rescue!

And Remember:

a) Animals travel further than you think in a very short period of time. Always look outside your neighborhood up to a 2-3 mile radius.

b) Keep a collar and ID tag on your pet at all times. Law requires all dogs over 3 months have a current county license tag. Cost is only $14.

c) A microchip can be a lifesaver if your pet slips out of his collar (cat collars are always made to break-a-way for safety) or he slips out the back door after a bath. The county shelter currently offers microchipping for only $25 - registration included! Or ask your veterinarian.

d) Pets can also be tattooed. Ask your vet! Like a microchip, the number must be registered or it is worthless!

e) Keep a current picture of your pet handy in both print and especially, digital form. Have 2 photos available if your pet gets a summer haircut - one longhaired, one trimmed.

f) If you move, contact the County Auditor and your microchip company to update your contact information. There is nothing more frustrating than calling a disconnected number!

Monroe Police: 539-9234
Monroe Public Works: 539-7373
Butler County Dog Warden: 785-6543
Butler County Sheriffs Office: 785-1300
Butler County Animal Shelter (AFHS): 867-5727
Warren County Humane Society - Lebanon: 695-1176
Liberty Township Police: 759-7340
Monroe Veterinary Hospital: 539-8737
Blueball Veterinary Hospital: 424-6241
Drs. Krebs & Koehler: 423-2331
Liberty Veterinary Hospital: 755-9700
Middletown Journal News: 420-0097
Monroe Observer Newspaper: 423-0831
Catnip & Carrots Animal Bunch - Monroe: 360-0275
PAWS - Middletown: 422-7297
Homeless Area Rescue Team - Liberty Township: 379-7514
Furbabies Need Luv - Middletown: mabear001@yahoo.com
Angel Animal Rescue - Middletown: rtmcgonigle@msn.com
4 Love of Pets Rescue - West Chester: forloveofpetsrsq@yahoo.com
Animal Adoption Foundation - Hamilton: 737-7387
Fostering Animals into Terrific Homes - Hamilton: 868-3647
D&D Doggy Wash - Middletown: 424-8065
Bunkies Pet Boutique and Grooming - Monroe: 777-6112
Colonial Acres Kennels - Liberty Township: 777-2266
Blue Ribbon Grooming - Liberty Township: 777-0444
Butler County Auditor: 887-3138
Home Again Microchips: (888)466-3242
24 PetWatch Microchips: (866)597-2424
Avid Microchips: (800)336-2843

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Posted - 05/14/2009 :  6:44:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together!!
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Posted - 05/14/2009 :  6:55:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Great a list for people that care about pets. Where is the list for people that don't care? I still have a bunch of feral cats that are killing the baby rabbits and the birds. I guess since cats won't ever get picked up by the SCPA, I am out of luck.


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Posted - 05/14/2009 :  10:04:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

everyone seems to be for the dogs but the cats seem to be throw away pets. Great, please send money to the rescues.


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Posted - 05/14/2009 :  10:21:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Thanks for the kind words! I'll post a tip list tomorrow for FOUND pets.

Yes, dogs enjoy much better status and cats are marked a dime a dozen (or less). No holding period at the shelter and they are still considered wild animals so Animal Control will only come out if injured or sick.
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Posted - 05/14/2009 :  10:22:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Thanks for the concern.

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[i]Originally posted by buckeyenut[/i]
[br]Thanks for the kind words! I'll post a tip list tomorrow for FOUND pets.

Yes, dogs enjoy much better status and cats are marked a dime a dozen (or less). No holding period at the shelter and they are still considered wild animals so Animal Control will only come out if injured or sick.



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Posted - 05/14/2009 :  10:25:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Cats are the throw away pets that become everyones problem. Please chip your dogs and call everyone if lost. Lovely, where do I send my check to your outfit.


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Posted - 05/14/2009 :  10:43:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

There is only one real solution to the stray cat problem - spay & neuter. The 2nd best solution is to trap the ferals, get 'em fixed and put them back with the colony and let nature take its course. Of course, that doesn't stop them from killing birds and rooting through the trash for food. I'm a cat person (though I have a dog I dearly love) and they are my passion. I also love rabbits, hence the name Catnip & Carrots. Unfortunately I can't keep them as I'm very allergic to hay. I found that out the hard way after I formed C&C!

We've offered free spay/neuter and $5 spay/neuter surgeries. Even at those prices, we couldn't convince folks to have it done. We get about a dozen calls a day with people wanting to give up their cats. We try hard to be understanding, especially due to todays problems with jobs and foreclosures, but it is disheartening to hear the same thing day in and day out. I hope one day C&C can open an adoption center in Monroe. I keep looking for the right property and we'd love to be in the old flower shop on Main. Keep your fingers crossed we can make our dream a reality someday soon. We had great success with our cat adoption center in California.
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Posted - 05/14/2009 :  10:52:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

I have to say that I am equally a cat and dog person. It is heartbreaking to see all the strays and over the years, I have taken in more than one. For me and my friends and family, the problem is simply that we all already have multiple animals and cannot take in any more. I really cannot think of anyone that doesn't currently have at least 2 animals (my brother has 15). Believe me, if I could find some homes for some of the stray cats around here, I would.
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Posted - 05/14/2009 :  10:58:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

I'm not trying to be jerk here but it gets old that people don't care. I have 2 dogs,2cats and a snake in the house.


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Posted - 05/14/2009 :  11:07:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

A good shot with a twenty two will do the trick Webby.Damn cat are running like crazy over here at CMS as well.
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Posted - 05/15/2009 :  12:55:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

buckeyenut, this was great--thank you so much for doing this!

"We have to be able to criticize what we love, to say what we have to say 'cause if you’re not trying to make something better, then as far as I can tell, you are just in the way."
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