What To Do First
Immediately contact your local Animal Control Officer and Police Department to report your dog as missing. If your dog went missing from a location near a town or city border, be sure to contact officials in nearby towns as well. As time passes, if your dog has not been found, expand your contacts to towns/cities in a 25 mile radius. Please remember that your local Animal Control Officer is a resource and ally who will be of great assistance in bringing your lost dog home.
Place a familiar scent article (dog bed, worn t-shirt, etc.) at the location where your dog went missing. Leave a bowl of strong-smelling food at the location as well. We suggest wet dog food as it has a stronger scent then dry. If your dog is crate trained, leaving his/her open crate and bedding is advised.
Alert neighbors and friends via telephone, social media and in person. Search Facebook for missing pet pages in your area.
Hang flyers at and around the location where your dog went missing. Flyers should be simple, with few words, using very large font so that they are visible from a passing vehicle. Create your own flyer or use our tool to generate one using our "Flyer Generator", which can be found at the bottom of this page.
Place a post on www.nextdoor.com, as it tends to reach a different audience than Facebook (be sure to upload a clear/current photo). Include your cell phone number to make contact as easy as possible.
Notify your dog’s microchip company so that they may tag your dog’s chip as “missing”. Also confirm that registration information is accurate and up to date.
7. Bring a flyer in PERSON to all local shelters, humane societies & veterinary practices. Ask to see all “found’ dogs that are there. The shelter’s interpretation of breed/breeds may be very different than your own.
IMPORTANT - Continue to check back in person with each location periodically. On occasion, information on found dogs held at the shelters slips through the cracks.
Fill out the MDM Lost Dog Form so that we can create a post to share for you on our FB page.
Be sure to provide all requested information as well as a clear/current photo in .jpg format so that a flyer may be created and posted to our Facebook page. Failure to provide all requested information will result in a delay in getting your post on the page.
Keep a list of all entities that you have informed about your missing dog so that you may update them when your dog is found.
Please note that current lost and found dogs are posted on our FB page, not our website. They may be viewed here:
MDM's "Lost Dog" Album
MDM's "Found Dog" Album
Be sure to keep us updated on your dog’s status via the comment section below your dog’s post on our page. It is very important to notify us when your dog is found so that we may keep the page as current as possible.