Losing a pet is heartbreaking. The Lowell Humane Society strongly recommends keeping your cat safely indoors and keeping dogs securely leashed or fenced when outdoors. It is required by state law for dogs to wear a current license and rabies tag. Although cats in most areas are not required to be licensed, they should also wear a current rabies tag.
Many cats’ owners are concerned that wearing a collar may cause their cat to become entangled. Provide your cat with a collar that has been specially made to either break away or stretch should the cat become tangled.
The Lowell Humane Society recommends having your pet microchipped. Microchipping is a permanent means of identification that cannot be removed. Animal shelters, veterinarians and Animal Control Officers have scanners that detect the presence of a microchip and using the microchip number can access an owner’s contact information. Contact your veterinarian to discuss microchipping your pet.
In the Event Your Pet Becomes Lost:
Immediately contact your local Animal Control Officer (and those in surrounding towns), the Shelter and area veterinarians to file a lost report.
Create and distribute flyers around your neighborhood make sure to provide copies to Animal Control Officers, the Shelter and veterinarians. Include a picture of your pet and thorough description (breed, sex, age, color etc.), where and when the pet was lost and your contact information.
Enlist family and friends to search your surrounding area; check with neighbors to see if they have sighted your pet and look closely in bushes/trees, storage sheds and any other places that offer a “hiding” spot to a scared cat.
Place a lost ad in your local paper and offer a reward.
As difficult as it is be patient and continue searching. Once your pet is located be courteous and notify Animal Control, the Shelter and veterinarians to let them know your pet has been found.
Finding a Pet
State law requires stray dogs to be held by Animal Control in the city/town where they have been found for ten days - notify Animal Control immediately if you have found a dog. The Shelter is unable to take stray dogs.
Check with neighbors in the area to see if the pet belongs to them. Create and distribute flyers around your neighborhood make sure to provide copies to Animal Control Officers, the Shelter and veterinarians. Include a picture of the pet and thorough description (breed, sex, age, color etc.), where and when the pet was found and your contact information.
Contact the Shelter and area veterinarians to place a found report. The Shelter can scan the pet to see if it he/she has a microchip.
Place a found ad in your local paper.
If you are unable to locate the owner of a cat or small animal you may bring the animal to the shelter.
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