Have You Lost a Pet?

What to Do if You Lose Your Pet

*Thanks to Sue Sternberg, Rondout Valley Kennels Inc. 914-687-7619 for this information.

Getting the word out early is the key to getting your dog or cat back safely. Don't assume your pet will return on his own in a few hours. Don't wait around to see if he'll find his way home. As soon as you are aware that your pet is missing, get the word out! Remember, have good, clear photos on hand. Always make sure your dogs and cats are wearing a visible collar with identification tags.
 
Make posters, and lots of them. distribute them in the immediate area. Hang them in convenience stores and supermarkets. Keep it simple: "Lost Dog (or cat)" should be at the top in large, easy to read (even from a moving vehicle) in bold letters. Then include a brief description or breed type: "Beige, wire-haired terrier" or "Striped grey and black short-haired cat". Don't assume that people will know a particular breed, so always include a description. Include the animal's name. It may make it easier for someone to call your pet over and capture him, and it also makes your pet into a valued member of your family, and not just another lost animal statistic. Offer a reward, don't state how much in the ad, and include your telephone number in large numbers at the bottom of the poster. Make sure you date the poster.

Make dozens of index cards with the same information as above and go to every home, in every direction from the site where your pet disappeared, and give a card, or stick a card under doors or windshields. Stop and speak with every person you encounter - the more people who know about your lost pet, the more likely the one person who spots him will call you. Your pet may be frightened, ask people to please check their barns and sheds, especially at night.

Place a "Lost" ad in your local newspaper the very first morning your pet is gone. These ads are usually free.

Fax a copy of your poster to the Animal Shelter. The fax number is 856-881-0538.

Get The Word Out!

The more people that know you have a lost pet, and that you are upset, worried and desperately trying to find your pet, the more people will call you if they see an animal in the woods or on the road or in their backyard.

Get out and call your pet by name. Enlist family and friends to canvas the neighborhood, in all directions, on the roads and as the crow flies. Don't try to predict where your pet could or wouldn't have gone - you never know. The best time to call for your pet is at night, and at dawn. If you are calling from your car, drive slowly, roll down all windows, stop and turn your vehicle off frequently to listen.

Call Your Neighbors Personally.

Call veterinary clinics including emergency veterinary hospitals outside your local area. Sometimes people pick up a stray and drive it to a distant clinic. Call all animal shelters and animal control officers, all local police and state troopers, all local kennels, the highway department, dog training clubs, grooming shops . . . get the word out!

Visit all local dog pounds and animal shelters. Don't rely on their information, go through and look at all dogs and cats, daily.

Don't Give Up

Dogs and cats often wander far away and do things you wouldn't predict they would do. try everything, look everywhere, tell everyone. You'd be surprised how many people will be supportive, will get out and help you look, will offer words of encouragement and hope, will suggest places to look that other stray animals have gone.

Even the friendliest and most social pet may quickly become terrified and wild. Your own friendly pet, when lost, may hide from people, run away if he sees a person, he may even run away from you. Don't chase after a lost pet - they are much faster than we are and you'll only scare them more. Instead, sit on the ground; talk in normal tones, repeating his name and familiar phrases over and over again. A frightened animal will usually stick around and after a few minutes or hours, come closer and closer.

In rare cases, you may need to rent or purchase a Humane Live trap and set it to capture a terrified lost pet. local animal shelters often rent or loan these and will have an appropriate size for a dog or a cat.

Again, don't give up! Be aggressive in your search, get lots of help, get the word out right away - don't wait a few hours "to see if he comes home on his own" - you need those early hours to put up posters and give out cards. 

Searching For A Pet?

This list may come in handy one day! Animal control services in Gloucester and Camden counties are provided by the following agencies:

Gloucester County Animal Shelter

856-881-2828

Gloucester County Animal Shelter accepts animals from all townships within Gloucester County.

 Clayton  Deptford   East Greenwich Elk 
 Franklin  Glassboro  Greenwich  Harrison
 Logan  Mantua  Monroe  National Park
 Newfiled  Paulsboro  Pitman  South Harrison
 Swedesboro  Washington  Wenonah  West Deptford
 Westville  Woodbury  Woodbury Heights  Woolwich
 

Camden County

TOWN   ANIMAL CONTROL  PHONE NUMBER   ANIMAL SHELTER SHELTER NUMBER
 Audubon   Almost Home Animal Control  856-663-3058  Almost Home Animal Shelter 856-663-3058
 Audubon Park   Almost Home Animal Control  856-663-3058  Almost Home Animal Shelter 856-663-3058
 Barrington   Available Animal Control  609-306-2277  Animal Orphanage 856-627-9111
 Bellmawr  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
 Berlin Boro  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Cumberland County SPCA 856-691-1500
Berlin Township  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Brooklawn  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Camden City  Available Animal Control  609-306-2277  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Cherry Hill  Available Animal Control  609-306-2277  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Chesilhurst  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Animal Orphanage 856-627-9111
Clementon  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Collingswood  Almost Home Animal Control  856-663-3058  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Gibbsboro  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Animal Orphanage 856-627-9111
Gloucester City  Almost Home Animal Control  856-663-3058  Almost Home Animal Shelter 856-663-3058
Gloucester Township  Available Animal Control  609-306-2277  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Haddon Heights  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Animal Orphanage 856-627-9111
Haddon Township  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Haddonfield  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Animal Orphanage 856-627-9111
Hi-Nella  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Laurel Springs  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Animal Orphanage 856-627-9111
Lawnside  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Animal Orphanage 856-627-9111
Lindenwold  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Magnolia  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Merchantville  Almost Home Animal Control  856-663-3058  Almost Home Animal Shelter 856-663-3058
Mount Ephraim  Almost Home Animal Control  856-663-3058  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Oaklyn  Almost Home Animal Control  856-663-3058  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Pennsauken  Almost Home Animal Control  856-663-3058  Almost Home Animal Shelter 856-663-3058
Pine Hill  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Pine Valley  Countywide Animal Control  856-694-2947  Camden County Animal Control 856-401-1300
Runnemede  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
Somerdale  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305  Animal Orphanage 856-627-9111
Stratford  Countywide Animal Control  856-694-2947  Animal Orphanage 856-627-9111
Tavistock  Independant Animal Control  856-718-0305
Voorhees  Countywide Animal Control  856-694-2947  Animal Orphanage 856-627-9111
Waterford Township  Countywide Animal Control  856-694-2947  Camden County Animal Shelter 856-401-1300
 Winslow  Winslow Police  609-561-3300  Animal Orphanage 856-627-9111
 Woodlynne  Almost Home Animal Control  856-663-3058  Almost Home Animal Shelter  856-663-3058

The Animal Orphanage
P.O. Box 1363, 419 Cooper Road,
Voorhees, New Jersey 08043
Phone: 856-627-9111 ~ Fax: 856-627-6656

Camden County Animal Shelter
125 County House Rd
Blackwood, NJ 08012
856-401-1300

Cumberland County SPCA
1244 N. Delsea Drive
Vineland, NJ 08360
Phone:  856-691-1500
Fax:  856-691-2703

Almost Home Animal Shelter
9140 Pennsauken Hwy # C
Pennsauken, NJ 08109
(856) 663-3058

Gloucester County Animal Shelter can be contacted by the following:

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