Advice From Sherlock Bones:
You Have Found a Pet.
First, if you are sure it is lost, take it in and keep it secure so it won't wander off. Don't let it get back on to the street. If it's wearing an ID tag, call the owner. If it's wearing only a license call the public shelter in the community that issued the tag. If you have the time, take it to any veterinary hospital and have them scan for a microchip ID. If it's impossible for you to keep it, bring it to the local animal shelter. If you prefer to keep it until its owner claims it, call the shelter anyway and have them register the pet as found, together with your name and address. If the owner checks the shelter's found-pet registry, he or she will find your name there.
If the pet is collarless, don't automatically assume it is also ownerless. That goes for its general condition as well. It may have left home in good shape, but who knows how long its been running around. Try not to automatically make moral judgments about the pet's owners before you get the facts. Don't adopt it as your own or give it to someone else before you do everything you can to find the owner. Run an ad in the newspaper (many newspapers offer free found ads). Read the lost-and-found ads, including as many back issues as possible (your local library should keep copies of the papers in your area). Keep in mind that a pet you have found may have been lost that very day.
If its owners were to wait a few days before placing an ad in the local paper, it might be three to five days before their ad would appear. Keep your eyes open for posters.
Ask around --paperboys, mailmen, and delivery people. If you are so inclined you can take a photo of the pet (or a drawing) and make some "found" posters of your own. Contact vets and groomers.
In total desperation, I downloaded your eBook on how to find a lost pet. I immediately put your methods to work and the next day our beloved dog was found. Anyone who has lost a pet should never give up and take whatever steps necessary to bring their pets home safely. Those important steps should start with some words of wisdom from you.
Gary Meng & Snickers
Chippewa Falls, WI
I lost my 2 year old cat Chloe, an indoor cat that loves to play outside. I didn't realize she was missing until she was already gone. I could not eat or sleep.
I downloaded your eBook, and within hours of doing everything you said; I found her soaked from the rain and very scared. I have never been so happy! I want to thank you so much. She was very hungry and happy to be home. Thanks to you I found my little girl.
Fort Myers, Fl