Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Importance of Sightings



When a pet becomes lost, the search is on. But it is hard to determine, which way did he or she go? Pets do not wander via sidewalks and roadways at all times. They find shortcuts.

What is a Sighting? A sighting is when someone gets a glimpse of a wandering pet. Many people think that wandering pets are abandoned strays. Sometimes, yes they are. But did you know that often times, they are lost pets. They are pets that someone loves very much, and is missing very much. They are pets who became lost due to a fence gate left open by an external party. They are pets who became lost due to fireworks or loud sounds that frightened them. They are pets that may be allowed to roam by their owners, but due to the inadvertent actions of Good Samaritans trying to capture them, actually in turn drove them far away from home.
How may times have you found yourself watching a wandering pet? You may have found yourself asking, is this a lost pet that got out of its yard? Or, is this a pet that is allowed to roam. We at Missouri Lost & Found Paws feel that it is best to err on the side of caution. After all, what is the worst that can happen if you are able to apprehend the runaway? You may find the owner who informs you that their pet is just doing its thing, he or she is allowed to roam. As a Good Samaritan, it is a great opportunity to educate the owner on the dangers of what could happen. But let's face it. Not everyone wants to schooled on how to care for their pet.

It is incredibly valuable information when community members share information about roaming pets they have seen. This information can help an owner to locate and pinpoint their pet's whereabouts.

Our recommendation is to share the info on the wandering pet! Report the pet to us on
Missouri Lost & Found Paws.

Missouri Lost & Found Paws would like to share the following tips for these situations:

Date, Time and Location!
Include the date, time and location where the pet was seen along with a description. This information can help those searching to rule out false sightings from valid sightings. Sightings help individuals find lost pets!


Nothing beats a photo! Snap a photo or video if you can! Videos often work best!


Never assume stray. Do not assume the animal is a stray! Often times, it is someone's beloved, lost furry family member!
Remember, it doesn't take long for a pet to look bedraggled. Lack of food, anxiety, stress, nervousness, cruelty or injury can lead to a poor state of affairs.


Stay calm! Stay cool. Do not chase the pet. If you feel comfortable to approach the pet, try laying down or sitting down. Use a soft, gentle voice . If you have pet friendly food/snacks (White Castle works great!), use it to your advan
If you can, coax the pet to come to you, secure it, and contact animal control or take the pet to the closest animal control facility or shelter.


Be a beacon of hope! YOU can provide hope to a family who is desperately searching for their beloved pet.