Lost Pets

Losing your pet can be a scary and heartbreaking experience. Follow these steps right away to increase your chances of being reunited with your beloved pet. But, if you don’t find them quickly, don’t give up! Pets are often found weeks or even months after they go missing.

Within the First Hour
  1. Immediately alert your neighbors about your lost pet via Nextdoor, a neighborhood email list or a Facebook group. Be sure to include a description of your pet (color, size, male/female), last known location or closest intersection and a photo.

  2. If your pet has a microchip, contact the microchip company right away to report them lost, and update your contact information if needed.

  3. Text “LOST” to 1.833.ATLPETS (1.833.285.7387) to opt-in to receive tips on finding your lost pet. (You may receive up to 10 msgs/month. Message and data rates may apply. View our Privacy Policy.)
Within the Next Few Hours
  1. Start searching Petco Love Lost now. Upload your lost pet’s photo to Petco Love Lost, a LifeLine partner, that provides free facial recognition software to reunite lost pets with their owners. Your pet’s uploaded photo will be scanned against photos of found animals at shelters and those reported by the community.

  2. Make a flyer (tips below). Then walk the neighborhood, speak with neighbors, postal carriers, UPS/Amazon drivers, landscapers, and tell them about your missing pet.

  3. Set up a Pawboost alert.
Within the First 24 Hours
  1. Visit your county animal shelter to look for your lost pet. At Fulton County Animal Services, you may ask staff to assist you in walking through the shelter since they can access staff-only areas. Please have a photo of your pet ready, and give a flyer to the front desk staff if you have one. We may not recognize your pet from the flyer if they come in at a later date, so be sure to visit the shelter as frequently as you can.

  2. Hang lost pet posters. Check out our poster creation tips below. Then hang the poster with duct tape at major intersections within a 3-mile radius of where your dog was lost or 1-mile radius of where your cat was lost. Once you find your pet, retrieve your lost pet posters from wherever you hung them.

  3. Look for your pet frequently on our websites. If you see your pet’s photo, please call us immediately. Keep in mind that the we will list your pet under a different name.

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Lost Pet Resources
Flyer & Poster Creation Tips

PetFBI has an easy online lost pet flyer template that you can print from home! If you need help creating and printing a flyer, a LifeLine Community Support Coordinator can assist you at our shelter.

When creating a poster, use a half-page, brightly-colored poster board and include a clear photo of your pet. Use huge lettering with concise information, such as, “LOST SMALL, WHITE, MALE DOG, Call 404-xxx-xxxx.”

Missing Animal Response Network

Missing Animal Response Network has more tips for finding your dog or cat, including examples of lost pet signs, lost dog and cat behavior, and when to use a trap.

Trapping Your Lost Cat

If you decide to trap your cat, you can borrow a trap from LifeLine Animal Project’s clinics, if available, free of charge, with a refundable deposit. You may also borrow a trap from Planned Pethood. Lastly, consider purchasing a 30LTD – Light Duty Animal Trap at your local home improvement store and donating it to LifeLine afterward. This donation is tax-deductible.

Don't Give Up!

Finding a lost pet can take time. So start searching immediately and often. Animals that are lost may still be close to home.

Surrounding Shelters to Visit

Once You Find Your Pet

Keep your pet indoors or safely confined to a fenced area.

MICROCHIP

Having your pet microchipped is a quick, painless and easy way to ensure that if your pet gets loose, you will be contacted if they come into a shelter. You can have your pet microchipped at LifeLine’s clinics or at any veterinarian’s office. Keep your microchip information updated if you move.

ID TAG

Inexpensive tags can be purchased from local pet stores. Include your phone number and address. Get a new tag each time you move or change phone numbers.

SPAY/NEUTER

Unaltered pets have hormonal instincts to seek out a mate when in heat. In order to prevent this, have your pet spayed or neutered. LifeLine provides low-cost spay and neuter services.

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