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North Country SPCA 1-8-11

What should you do if you suspect that your cat or dog has sneaked out and can't be found? Here are some tips we hope will help you find your lost pet:

First, search the immediate area thoroughly. Cats and dogs can get into small, out-of-the-way places. Expand the search if needed and ask neighbors, letter carries, and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Make sure you call for your pet and listen; if he is injured, he may not be able to come to you. Second, post fliers throughout the area where your pet was lost. Create a simple, bright flier with a picture of your pet, the date, and your name and phone number.

Contact the North Country SPCA at 962-8604 and other regional shelters, veterinarians' offices, the local animal control officer, police, forest rangers and highway departments. Give them copies of your flier as well as any other details that may help them identify your cat or dog. Follow up with daily phone calls.

Notify the police if you believe your pet was stolen. Advertise in the media, including the Internet: Post a lost pet notice online at www.fidofinder.com, www.pets911.com and www.findtoto.com.

After your pet is returned home safely, promptly collect the fliers you posted. Notify and thank all neighbors, friends, and public officials who helped with the search.

Our featured pet this week is Tye, a handsome black-and-white Labrador retriever/mix. Tye is high-spirited and energetic, with a puppyish exuberance typical for the Labrador breed. This cheerful fellow enjoys the active life. He is going to need a firm but gentle hand and training to help him manage his energy in a positive way. If you are seeking an active, intelligent dog, you will quickly be charmed by Tye's effervescent personality.

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