Updated: Apr 20
Nothing gets a pet parent's heart racing like the realization that their pet may be missing. It is the absolute worst feeling and can bring on a wave of panic to even the calmest of people.
If it happens to you, take a deep breath and realize there is hope to find your baby:
In June 2012, The ASPCA published a survey and reported that "93 percent of dogs and 75 percent of cats reported lost were returned safely to their homes."
The key to finding your cherished furbaby is to immediately let people know to be on the lookout for your lost pet as soon as you notice they are missing.
Here are the steps to take if your pet is lost in Virginia Beach.
What to Do If your Pet is Lost in Virginia Beach:
1. Go online
The fastest and most efficient way to get the word out about a missing pet in Virginia Beach seems to be to go online. Make sure you have a recent photo to share of your missing pet. Include their weight, height, city lost in, date missing, nearest intersection, & your contact info.
As a magnet for lost dogs in the Virginia Beach area, I've found that I've had the best luck reaching pet parents on the Lost & Found Missing Pets Facebook Group. This group is run by Gina Highfield, a local devoted animal lover who also runs Paws In Need, an organization that hopes to be nonprofit by summer 2019.
Next, I would recommend trying Nextdoor.com. You can reach thousands of people in your direct area with a single post. Be sure to add a photo and details about your pet & their last whereabouts as discussed above.
2. Make some phone calls
Call our local Virginia Beach animal shelters & give them your pets' chip info and have them call you if a pet comes in that matches:
Virginia Beach SPCA (757) 427-0070 3040 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23453
341 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
3. Post Flyers & call pets' name
Finally, you can also go around your neighborhood with flyers. Do not underestimate this.
Don't give up. Post your flyers at vet offices, at intersection lights, local grocery stores, and the like.
Go out riding your bike around the neighborhood while posting flyers and call your pet's name.
4. Check the shelters in person every day
I would recommend you check our local animal shelters every day in person until you find your babies.
Make sure you always keep your pet's collar on with identification tags and keep your pets microchipped. The investment is not much compared to the high cost of losing your loved one. Make sure their collar is not on too tight, but also that they cannot slip it over past their ears.
I hope you find your baby.
We wish you the best of luck in your search!