By Amy Marcos | Photo: Clark Young
Unfortunately, every day, dogs and cats get lost in the Tallahassee community. When trying to find your beloved pet, it is important to know what steps to take first when trying to locate them. With some help from the Tallahassee Animal Shelter, neighborhood social media platforms, and more, reuniting with your pet can be done quicker and more efficiently. After driving around the neighborhood (or while doing so if you have a partner helping you look) in search of your pet, asking neighbors if they have seen it, and contacting family and friends, there are several steps you can take to help find your pet. Read below to find out what they are.
Call the Tallahassee Animal Shelter — You can call the Tallahassee Animal Shelter and inform them of some basic information about your lost pet at (850) 891-2955 to begin a Lost Pet Report. From there, you will need to visit the shelter in person where you will complete a Lost Dog or Cat Report and take a look at their kennels to see if your pet was dropped off there. Be sure to bring a current photo of your animal to place with the report.
Post on Nextdoor — Nextdoor, which is a private social media network geared to homeowners grouped by neighborhood, is immensely helpful in spreading the word about lost pets. You can post about your lost pet and that post will be distributed to fellow Nextdoor users in your neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods.
Visit nearby animal shelters/humane societies — Sometimes, when coming upon a stray pet, people will pick them up and drop them off at local humane societies or animal shelters. Visit local humane societies and animal shelters to check if your pet was dropped off and inform the staff of your lost pet so they can keep an eye out for pets that fit the description of your own.
Submit your pet to the Leon County Tallahassee Lost & Found Pets of the Red Hills Facebook page — This Facebook group works to reunite lost pets with their owners as quickly as they can through sharing on social media. With a community of over 8,000 fellow pet owners and pet lovers, photos of spotted stray pets or lost pet posters can be submitted to the page to be posted promptly. “Like” their page on Facebook, here.