Un perro perdido

What If I Find a Lost Dog?

So, you found a lonely puppy? In the United States, according to the ASPCA, 15% of owners lose their pets. Most owners value finding their pet, so if you do find a lost dog or cat, their owner is probably using every method they can to find them. Here is what you should do if you happen to see a lost pet.

Look for Identification Tags

A Lost Dog is Looking out into the Distance

Most pet owners place a collar around their pets with an identification tag. You should first see if the pet has a tag that states the owner’s name, address, or telephone number. After confirming this, call the owner. An owner that receives a call for a lost dog will be elated. It is the easiest thing you can do to make sure an owner and pet are reunited.

What if the Dog or Cat has No Tags?

If a dog does not have any tags, it does not mean you need to give up on finding its owner. Most dogs and cats contain a microchip that goes under their skin.

Call a shelter or veterinary clinic and ask if you can bring in the dog to see if they can scan for a microchip. At My Pets Chip, we advocate always equipping your pet with a microchip. Our membership service allows you to keep a running file of your pet’s medical records and registration in the national database. If a microchip is not registered, it will not give any useful information about the owner.

Use an App or ask around the neighborhood where you found the Dog

A woman is looking at her phone while holding an adorable white dog.

If you found a dog in your neighborhood, you may be able to use an app like NextDoor to post a picture of the dog and ask if anyone has any information. If you did not find the dog or cat in your neighborhood, ask people around the lost pet’s neighborhood if they know the dog or cat. Most dog walkers are aware of their neighbor’s dogs because they probably watch them walk down the street every day.

Take the Dog or Cat to the Shelter

A Dog is Running after A Ball in an Enclosed Area

If everything else fails, and you are unable to keep the dog or cat, contact the local shelter in the area where you found the lost pet. Chances are that the owner will be looking in the area for their pet. If you equip your dog with a microchip, there is a greater chance the pet will be returned to you. In a study at The Ohio State University, 72.7% of pets were returned to an owner thanks to a microchip. But, if a pet does not have a microchip, the owner may still be looking at local shelters to locate their animal.

Keep Your Own Pet Safe

We do not like thinking about tragedies, but you need to have a plan of action if your dog or cat ever gets lost. Make sure you equip your pet with an identification collar and a microchip before leaving the house. If your pet still does not have a microchip, contact us at My Pets Chip. At MPC, pets find their people, and we will do everything to make sure your pet is never lost for long.

Un perro perdido

¿Y si Encuentro a un Perro Perdido?

¿Encontraste un cachorro solitario? En los Estados Unidos, según el ASPCA, el 15% de las familias pierden a sus mascotas. La mayoría de las familias valoran encontrar a sus mascotas, así que si encuentras un perro o gato perdido, su dueño probablemente está usando todos los métodos que puede para encontrarlos. Esto es lo que deberías hacer si ves a una mascota perdida.

Busque un Collar de Identificación

Un Perro Afuera de la Casa

La mayoría de dueños de mascotas colocan un collar en sus mascotas con una etiqueta de identificación. Primero debe ver si la mascota tiene una etiqueta que indique el nombre, dirección o número de teléfono del dueño. Después de confirmar que el perro tiene eso, llamé al dueño. Un dueño que reciba una llamada por un perro perdido estará eufórico. Es lo más fácil que puedes hacer para asegurarte de que el dueño y la mascota se reúnan.

¿Y si el Perro o el Gato no Tienen Etiquetas?

Si un perro no tiene ninguna etiqueta, no significa que debas renunciar a encontrar a su dueño. La mayoría de los perros y gatos contienen un microchip que está debajo de la piel.

Llame a un refugio de animales o a una clínica veterinaria y pregunte si puedes traer al perro para ver si pueden escanear un microchip. En Mi Mascota Chip, decimos que hay que siempre equipar a tu mascota con un microchip. Nuestro servicio de membresía le permite mantener un archivo de los registros médicos de su mascota y el registro en la base de datos nacional. Si un microchip no está registrado, no dará ninguna información útil sobre el dueño de la mascota. 

Usar Una Aplicación o Preguntar por el Vecindario donde Encontraste al Perro

Una mujer que tiene un perro y un telefono.

Si encontraste un perro en tu vecindario, puedes usar una aplicación como NextDoor para publicar una foto del perro y preguntar si alguien tiene alguna información. Si no encontraste al perro o al gato en tu vecindario, pregúntale a la gente del vecindario de las mascotas perdidas si conocen al perro o al gato. La mayoría de la gente en un vecindario están al tanto de los perros de sus vecinos porque probablemente los ven caminar por la calle todos los días.

Lleva al Perro o al Gato al Refugio de Animales

Un perro con una pelota

Si todo lo demás falla, y no puedes quedarte con el perro o el gato, contáctate con el refugio de animales local en la zona donde encontraste a la mascota perdida. Es probable que el dueño esté buscando a su mascota en la zona. Si equipas a tu perro con un microchip, hay una mayor probabilidad de que te devuelvan la mascota. En un estudio de la Universidad de Ohio, el 72.7% de las mascotas fueron devueltas al dueño gracias a un microchip. Pero, si una mascota no tiene un microchip, el dueño puede estar buscando refugios de animales locales para localizar a su animal.

Mantenga a Su Propia Mascota a Salvo

No nos gusta pensar en las tragedias, pero necesitas tener un plan de acción si tu perro o gato se pierde. Asegúrate de equipar a tu mascota con un collar de identificación y un microchip antes de salir de la casa. Si su mascota aún no tiene un microchip, contáctenos a Mi Mascota Chip. En MMC, las mascotas encuentran a su gente, y haremos todo lo posible para asegurarnos de que su mascota no se pierda por mucho tiempo.

Hollywood Lost Pets

Lost Dogs in Hollywood

We tremble at the thought of losing our best dog or cat out in the big world, but in Hollywood, cats and dogs get lost daily. In our blog, we showcase the most famous lost dogs and cats in cinematic history.

Lost Dogs in Hollywood
Image by Disney via HBO Max

Lassie Come Home (1943)

In this Lassie adventure, she is sold to a Duke. However, Lassie wants to stay with her original owner, a boy named Joe. Lassie attempts to escape, and she is confronted with many challenges along the way. The Duke’s granddaughter, named Priscilla, sees that Lassie is not happy in their home, and she helps come up with an escape plan. Lassie finally arrives at home and reunites with Joe. It’s a great classic to watch about one of the most famous dogs.

Lost Dogs
Image by Disney via 80s kids

Homeward Bound (1993)

In Homeward Bound, The trio of a Bulldog, Himalayan cat, and Golden Retriever make the long trek across America after they believe their owners left them at another house. However, the owners have only gone on a vacation and are distressed when their pets are gone.

Along the journey, they encounter challenging obstacles, but they finally make it home at the end. It’s a fun movie to watch!

Lost Dogs in Hollywood
Image by Colombia Pictures via The New York Times

A Dog’s Way Home (2019)

Bella, the dog, runs away from her loving home after chasing a squirrel. She must trek over 400-miles to find her way back. On her way home, she befriends a Mountain Lion named Big Kitten. Talk about friends in high places! In the end, she finally finds her way home after running through many obstacles on her adventure.

Many Lost Dogs
Image by LD Entertainment via The Detroit News

Dog Days (2018)

If you are looking for a movie about a multitude of characters’ lives connecting because of their dogs, you are in the right place. The story follows a news anchor (played by Nina Dobrev) that has given up on her romantic life. She takes her dog to the therapist because of separation anxiety. This leads her down a path of meeting new people and finding a former NFL star she has a spark with.

The story also follows a widower named Walter that only has his overweight pug, Mabel, for company. When Mabel runs away, Walter teams up with a pizza boy named Tyler to get her back. The movie has many other interconnected stories, and it is sure to be a great time for a family movie night.

A Lost Dog
Image by Sony Pictures Entertainment via Primitive Dogs

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

Based on a true story, Hachi is about a Japanese Akita that is found by Parker Wilson. He is a music professor that must ride the train every day to his work in Rhode Island. Hachi follows his owner to the train station and waits for him until he is done with work at 5 p.m. One day at work, Hachi’s owner has a stroke, and he does not return to the train station. Despite this, Hachi waits for the owner every day at the train station, hoping that he will return.

In this story, thankfully Hachi is found by a loving home when Parker rescues him. Although the rest of the movie is a tear-jerker, so you have been warned to keep some tissues handy.

A Lost Dog Running Away
Image by Disney via Fandango

Life is Ruff (2005)

Calvin Wheeler is the most popular kid in school, but when he adopts a new friend Labrador named Tyco, his life turns upside down. Calvin wants to win a local dog competition, so he can keep the prize money and buy a comic missing from his vast collection. In the movie, Tyco is kidnapped by Preston Price, because Price will stop at nothing so he can win first place in the agility competition with his Jack Russel.

It’s a great Disney movie for the kids, and a fun movie to watch during the holiday season.

How To Make Sure Your Dog is Never Lost

As you can see with our Hollywood pooches, it is easy to get lost but harder to be found. If only these pets had a pet microchip. With a microchip, anyone that found the dog could have taken him to a veterinarian to scan his unique identification code, and it would have led them back to their owners. But, remember, a microchip only works if you are registered in the national database so pick a microchip membership service you can trust!