GETTING THE WORD OUT ABOUT A MISSING DOG AND HOW!
Ways to generate a sighting of a missing dog.
*Churches- handout fliers at departure time or ask if an announcement can be made during the service. Ask for a flier to be put in the Sunday bulletin.
*Schools- ask the principal to send out an email blast.
*Flea & Farmers Markers
*4-H Clubs & Various Outdoor Clubs
*School Bus Drivers
*UPS, Fed EX, Cable Utility Drivers
*School Bus Drivers(ask Drivers to tape flier to bus, in back of his seat, so the children on the bus can see it.)
*Us Postal Service
*Department Store Parking Lots- Under Windshield Wipers
*Fast food Restaurants
*Apartment Complexes-tape to the dumpsters
*Pizza/Food Delivery (ask if they would be willing to give lost dog flyers with the pizza that they are delivering )
*Taxi Cab Drivers
*Animal Service-Vet Clinics, Pet Food Stores, Groomers, boarding facilities, doggy day care, and dog walkers.
*Neighborhood Coffee Shops
*Electronic version of your lost dog flier should be sent to all rescue groups within a 50 mile radius.
*Snowmobile trails and Clubs/ Bike Paths: Put lost dog posters facing both directions in the area of where trails cross the roadways.
*Industrial Area-(ask business to post a flier at the time clock employees use.
* PLEASE NEVER APPROACH CHILDREN REGARDING A LOST/FOUND DOG!
Restaurants and Dumpsters
You would be surprised to hear how many dogs turn up at restaurant dumpsters. It is very important that you go and VISIT EVERY RESTAURANT within a couple mile radius. Talk with the Kitchen staff, and management. Does the night shift or the early morning shift notice a dog hanging/bolting from the dumpster area when they approach. Does anyone notice dog prints near or around the dumpsters during the winter months? Has the late night shift been leaving food out for a lost dog?
Turn your car into a Moving billboard!
Turn your car into a billboard! Use bright florescent window markers to advertise your lost dog as you drive through your community. Be sure to include: the breed or description of your dog if it is a lesser known breed, list a street, intersection, or neighborhood name, the city or town and your phone number. Keep it to 3-4 lines of information. The letters should be three to four inches tall – any smaller and they won't be easy to read. Use different colors in your message to make it easier to read. You can also include a color photograph of your dog inserted inside a plastic sheet protector and secured to your window with tape.
The more friends and family you can get to tag their cars the more sighting calls you might generate.
Place a ad in the Local newspapers and in other local publications.
Print at least 200- 300 full page flyers to distribute to businesses and to post in public places where people will see it.
Post your flyers in your neighborhood and beyond up to a 2- 3 mile radius You can Never have enough flyers up! When placing flyers on telephone poles, make sure they are facing the direction of travel in plastic sheet protectors and stapled in all four corners.
In Neighborhoods that have no telephone poles, you can go door to door with flyers or st your flyers in your neighborhood and beyond up to a 2- 3 mile radius You can Never have enough flyers up! When placing flyers on telephone poles, make sure they are facing the direction of travel in plastic sheet protectors and stapled in all four corners.
In Neighborhoods that have no telephone poles, you can go door to door with flyers or place them in newspaper boxes. NOTE:(DO NOT put them inside mailboxes as this is a Federal Offense). Knock on Doors and share the flyer with them.
Every day that you get no sighting calls be sure to expand your posters.
Business cards with the dog's picture, the date lost, where lost, phone numbers. and hand those out to people walking their dogs, runnin, riding bikes etc. Sometimes people throw away flyers, but they will keep a business card. Remember to use a Phone number that someone is able to answer at any time of the day, cell phones work best.
QUESTIONS TO ASK CALLER ABOUT SIGHTINGS
1. Record All sightings in a Log Book
2. Ask Questions and Listen.
3. Record the name of the Caller and their phone number
4. Ask simple questions
Where did you see my dog?
When did you see my dog?
Can you Describe my dog?
What was she doing? Examples running down run, playing with other dogs
Did you See a Collar?
What Color Collar?
After you finish with the call- Make sure to post it on a map you can use a paper map or goggle maps, this will help you figure out the direction of travel.
*Please Remember with some of these Suggestions that Granite State Dog Recovery is providing you MUST GET PERMISSION TO DO SO!