In this edition of Pet of the Week, we were introduced to Buddy, a 7-year-old Domestic Shorthair Mix cat. Lee Chambers, Manager of Marketing and Communication for Dakin Humane Society, told us all about Buddy and gave us tips on what to do if you lose your pet.
Location: Springfield: Dakin Humane Society
Breed: Cat – Domestic shorthair mix
Age: 7 years
Buddy is as sweet as they come. This handsome 7 year old lived with men, women and seniors and got along with everybody. Kids who visited were able to pet him, and he loves the attention! Buddy is a bit of a talker, he’ll meow softly to get your attention, and once you give it to him, you won’t regret it. His former family says his best quality is that he’s “affectionate…very affectionate!” Come meet this charmer at Dakin’s Springfield Adoption Center.
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Pet Loss – What to do? – As many as 30% of people with pets will lose them at some point in time. If this happens to you, here are some tips to help you find your lost dog or cat:
Search smart. The best advice you will find about searching for a lost pet can be found at missingpetpartnership.org. Closely follow the Missing Pet Partnership’s advice about making signs and about the specific lost animal behaviors of different kinds of pets (shy pets, indoor-outdoor pets, etc.).
Get help. Another helpful and informative website, staffed by people who will help you be strategic in your search, is missingdogsmass.com.
Begin your search immediately. A motivated animal can travel a significant distance in a short amount of time, putting him at risk for injury or death.
Begin your search close to home (or the location he was lost). While some animals will travel when lost or frightened, many-especially shy, nervous, or indoor-only animals-will hole up within a 3-house radius of the place they went missing.
Do not give up. Searching for a lost pet successfully can be time-consuming and demoralizing. Enlist the help of your friends and neighbors in making signs, thoroughly searching nooks and crannies, and canvassing the neighborhood.
Contact all animal care agencies in your area. This includes animal shelters, animal control officers (including those of neighboring towns), highway departments (if they are responsible for removing dead animals from the roadway), and veterinary hospitals (including emergency hospitals). Be sure each of these agencies has a well-designed flyer with a clear photograph of the animal.
For more information on Dakin, visit dakinhumane.org.