You will first want to report your missing dog/cat as LOST on the Free Finding Rover app.
- Register on Finding Rover with your email address using the Email Registration button
- FindingRover.com or through the app on Apple or Android devices
- On a computer use Google Chrome, Firefox/Mozilla or Safari browsers
- Apple devices must have an operating system of 7 or higher
- Android devices must have an operating system of 5 or higher
- Click on the Report tab/button
- Click on the orange Lost button and follow the prompts
If someone has reported your pet as FOUND on Finding Rover you will see the report in the search results and be able to connect with the finder directly.
Many shelter and animal service agencies are currently partnered with Finding Rover so you may see the animals in their care in the search results; however, not all shelters and animals services are partnered yet so you will want to make sure you contact your local facilities directly.
Make sure to check back often and re-run your search on Finding Rover until your pet has been located.
Call and Visit your local shelters
You will need to call and file a LOST report with all of your local shelters, such as animal service departments and humane societies.
If you are not sure who your local animals services and shelters are, do a Google search that includes the name of your city. For example, ‘animal shelters San Diego, CA’ or ‘animal shelters Austin, TX’
Some organizations will require you to come in to complete a LOST report, which you will want to visit anyway so that you can do a visual search to see if your pet is in their care.
Make sure to ask if anyone from the public has reported your pet or a pet matching your pet’s description as FOUND. This means that a member of the public has found an animal and made a report but they are independently looking for the pet’s family and not bringing it into the shelter.
Expand your search
Animals can travel long distances and good Samaritans may be helping your pet but they actually live in the next city over. Scared pets may allow a stranger to help them initially but then they could get away from helpers in a completely different location.
Make sure to expand your search area on Finding Rover and when contacting shelters and animals services. Don’t limit your search to just your immediate area.
Not all members of the public are aware of Finding Rover yet and they may be using other on-line sites to share that they have found a displaced pet and are looking for it’s family.
Some common sites to research would be:
- CraigsList for your local area
- Classifieds of local news outlets
- Facebook Lost & Found pages for your local area
- The Nextdoor App
Remember to continue to check back on Finding Rover until your pet is located.
Create a LOST Pet Flier
Create a simple LOST Pet Flier to post around the area where you lost your pet. It’s best to keep it simple, information to include would be:
- LOST DOG/CAT
- A clear, color image of your pets face
- Your pet’s name, age, gender, if spayed/neutered, if microchip, color description/coat pattern
- Date and time your pet went missing and the location
- Any unique features or special needs as identifiers
- Your contact information – telephone number (call/text) & email address
Here are some recommendations where to post your LOST flyer and look for FOUND fliers:
- Local veterinarian hospitals and clinics
- Local pet shops of all kinds
- Local coffee shops
- Local grocery stores/markets that have community boards
- Local groomers, boarding and day care facilities
- Local DIY Pet Wash/Bath locations
- Local parks and trails that have community boards
- Local news outlets
Reach out to local dog walking, pet sitting, and mobile grooming businesses as well to share your flyer with them so they can be on the lookout in their daily travels.
Are your local shelters and rescues partnered with Finding Rover yet? Our goal is to get all shelters and rescues on board with Finding Rover to help in the rescue, reunion and adoption efforts across the country!
You can help by reaching out to your local shelters / rescues and letting them know how they can partner with Finding Rover for FREE! They can simply complete the form located at http://www.findingrover.com/partners or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org