What To Do If Your Pet Goes Missing in Fort Collins

Loosing a pet can be extremely scary, especially if you do not know where to start looking. There is a lot of information out there on how to find a missing pet, but I wanted to write something specific to Fort Collins, so you can just go down the checklist and get it done.

1. The Basics

For the first few minutes after a pet goes missing, you want to start with the basics.

  • Do a patrol of the area to see if you find any evidence of Fluffy
  • Talk to the neighbors, especially anyone working outside, to see if they noticed Fluffy going by
  • If Fluffy is a dog, swing by her favorite places to walk or any place for playdates to see if she went there
  • Read up on How to Catch a Loose Dog for some tips if you do see her running free

2. Who to Contact First

You have done the basic search and turned up nothing. This is typically 15-30 minutes after you have realized Fluffy is missing. Now it is time to reach out for help.

  • Larimer Humane Society – call to speak to animal control over the phone and give them a heads up that you just lost your pet. To submit a lost report you have to go into the shelter.
    • (970) 226-3647
    • 3501 E 71st Street, Loveland, CO 80538
  • If Fluffy has a microchip, contact the company to let them know she is missing and how to reach you, just in case your information is not up to date.
  • Contact any veterinarians, groomers, and pet supply stores in your immediate area (around a mile from where she went missing), in case someone picks her up and brings her in.

3. Social Media Time!

The internet is your best friend when it comes to finding a pet. Your friends and complete strangers are going to be happy to help you search the interwebs for any news of Fluffy.

  • Post on all of your personal social media networks. Include a recent picture, where and when she went missing and any directions you want people to follow, such as how to contact you, not to chase Fluffy, Fluffy is afraid of men, etc. Specifically ask people to share the post. If you know any people in the animal world, such as your normal dog walker or groomer, ask them to share since they have such a large reach.
  • Post on these pages. There are many pages specifically dedicated to helping reunite missing pets with their people. Post on as many as you can, but start with Facebook. That is where we have had the most luck in recent years.
    • Lost and Found Pets of Northern Colorado – a Facebook group that is very active and easy to post in.
    • Nextdoor – This is a newish system for people to coordinate with their neighborhoods on various subjects. When you post it can be seen by those directly in your area.
    • Post on Fort Collins Craigslist in the Community -> Pets section as well as Community -> Lost+Found. There is no charge to do so.
    • Helping Lost Pets – You have to fill out their online form, which gives you a flyer you can use and their website has a ton of helpful tips. Once you fill out the form, they will post it in their Facebook group.
    • PawBoost – You can pay for upgraded service, but they list your pet for free on Facebook and in their database.
    • LostMyDoggie – They post on Facebook but they also alert local shelters and rescues.
    • PetKey – A smaller page, but everything helps!
  • Head out and continue looking for Fluffy. Make sure you are able to answer the phone if someone calls! Ask your neighbors to check their garages, sheds, and yards to make sure she is not hiding there.

4. What is the Next Step?

If you are approaching evening, there are a few steps you can take, especially if Fluffy is shy and still might be in the area.

  1. Double-check with any neighbors coming home to make sure they did not see her earlier in the day.
  2. Consider leaving your door open so Fluffy can come in at night if she was lost from your home.
  3. If Fluffy is a cat, place her litter box outside where she can smell it.

5. The Next Day

You have done all of the fast, easy options and Fluffy has not been found. Now is time to dig in and spread the word that Fluffy is missing.

  • File a lost pet report with Larimer Humane Society, if you have not already done so. Consider also reaching out to the Humane Society of Weld County, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, the Longmont Humane Society, or the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Animals can travel surprisingly long ways and folks sometimes pick them up and take them to their local shelter, which may not be Larimer County.
  • Post a lost pet ad in the Coloradoan and small local papers. It may seem outdated, but they are still read regularly.
  • Contact local breed rescues that relate to Fluffy. For instance, if she is a Golden Retriever, contact the local Golden rescue. There are too many for me to list here, and they change regularly, so search online for one. You can also contact All Breed Rescue Network at (888) 440-6467. They keep a running list of breed rescues in the Colorado area. Sometimes breed rescues will be able to offer more suggestions or help specific to your breed.
  • Print off flyers from one of the sources you used yesterday. Post flyers in veterinary hospitals, groomers, trainers, pet supply stores, the dog park, and anywhere animal-related. Many local businesses also have community boards. Start with businesses near you and increase the distance the longer Fluffy is missing. Posting flyers on mailboxes and phone poles is illegal, although many people do it.
  • Continue to update posts online. People will be wondering if you found Fluffy and you want to keep them searching. Ask for help again and for people to keep sharing your posts.
  • Talk to people in the neighborhood where Fluffy went missing. Offer a reward for any information leading to finding her.
  • If you hear of people spotting her, go to that area and search. Shy animals can be very hard to catch, especially during active times of the day when there are a lot of people around. If you believe she might be in the area, go out during quiet times in the evening or morning when she is more likely to appear. You can also look at renting a humane trap if you are sure she is there but cannot catch her.

6. DO NOT Give Up Hope

The longer you search the more discouraged you become. Keep looking! Here are a few searches I have helped with over the years for people I know:

  • A small, very shy dog went missing. We tracked her to a neighborhood where kids had spotted her (we paid them to keep an eye out for her). After a few days, we were not able to find her until a kid came forward. A woman in the neighborhood had picked her up and had given her to a family member in Colorado Springs. Once confronted we were able to get her back.
  • A dog ran out of his front door. The neighbors a few houses down saw him, but not not the people at the end of the block. He vanished! They continued searching and found him late that night being walked by a nice couple who lived down the street. They had been leaving earlier when they saw him run by, so they put him in the garage and then left for a few hours. They had just returned home.
  • A woman’s dog had been missing for months. She sent out flyers to shelters across the country and he showed up here, in Fort Collns. Turned out a trucker had picked her up and driven her across 3 states before dropping her off at the local shelter!

We regularly hear stories of animals being reunited years after going missing due to their microchips. Keep that information up-to-date and continue your search!

7. Once you Find Your Pet

Congratulations! I am so excited for you and you must feel so relieved!

  • Take the moment and enjoy it. Do not scold Fluffy, she is just happy to see you!
  • Plan a trip to the vet if your pet was gone for a while or appears to be injured.
  • Go back and take down those flyers, lost pet reports and postings online so that everyone knows you found your fur kid.
  • Return the favor and share information about missing pets for other people!

If you have a resource that is not listed, Please Let Us Know so we can get it added!

What Color Should Your Dog’s Toys Be?

 

 

Did you know that dogs are not completely color blind? They can actually see some colors, which makes it hard for dogs to see some toys in the grass. Watch the video to learn more!

 

 

Here are a few toys that are wonderful and easy to see in the grass:

Greeley Pet Sitters

 

You are looking for a pet sitter in Greeley but Wet Noses is not a good match for you. (If you have not yet taken a look at our services, be sure to check them out!) We completely understand and want you to find a pet sitter that is the best match for your household. So we have some suggestions for pet sitters in Greeley.

When looking at these pet sitters keep in mind:

  • We have heard good things about these pet sitters but we do not know them personally, so be sure to screen them. We have resources at the bottom of the page to assist with the screening process.
  • Be sure to look for a pet sitter that is bonded and insured.
  • We never recommend using sitters on a site like Rover. If you do decide to look at them, be sure to screen the individual thoroughly.

Greeley Pet Sitters

Help to Find a Good Greeley Pet Sitter

How to Create a Stronger Dog and Bond With Your Dog

 

 

Are you looking to create a stronger bond with your dog? Jennifer Holmes with K9 Fitness Works is here to talk about how to form a stronger bond with your dog and demonstrate some exercises for your dog to keep him healthy and fit!

Father’s Day Ideas

If you are looking for ideas for Father’s Day, we are here for you! We have a ton of resources, so we have a list of them here so you can see which ones are of the most interest to you.

Father’s Day Activities to Do with Your Dog

If you are trying to figure out what to do on the special day, here is a list of ideas and resources to help you out!

Top 7 Father’s Day Presents

These presents will make any Dad happy and excited about their day!

Father’s Day Presents From the Fur Kids!

If you want to get a special gift from the dog or cat, this is your go-to list!

Have a wonderful Father’s Day with your pets!

Fireworks Pet Safety Tips

 

Holidays like the 4th of July, New Year, and others are great fun with lots of fireworks but are maybe not as fun for our pets. If you want to keep your dogs and cats happy and healthy, here are all your Fireworks Pet Safety Tips!

1. Fireworks are fun for us, but are scary for pets!

We might love the pretty lights but for many dogs and cats, fireworks can feel like the end of the world. If you keep that in mind it can make it easier to plan for your pets.

2. Make sure all tags and microchips are up-to-date

If you have moved recently then your information might be out of date. Making sure it is all current will be a life-saver if one of your pets gets out.

3. Have a current picture of your pets, just in case

If your pet is picked up by animal control you might need to prove ownership. Or if you need to make flyers you will need a current, clear picture ready to go.

4. Set up a safe and quiet place at home

If your pet does get nervous with the loud noises, it helps to have a quiet area for them to rest. This is also helpful during any festivities like parties and barbeques.

5. Make sure all windows and doors are closed

If your dog or cat were to get really nervous, jumping out an open window can look like an easy escape. Even screens might not stop a determined pet, so be safe and keep them securely latched.

6. Do not let dogs out loose in the yard

Your dog may never have shown an interesting jumping a fence before, but scary noises can push a dog to new limits. I have even heard of dogs that jumped the fence while their person was in the yard with them, so be overly cautious.

7. Try calming items like music and Thundershirts

For pets that are extra nervous, you can try all sorts of calming items. Loud music that drowns out the sound of the fireworks may help and so may calming music for dogs. So can Thundershirts, essential oils and CBD oil (check with experts on these first as some can be toxic to pets).

 

Be safe and have fun this holiday!

4th of July Ideas

If you are looking for tips and advice on the 4th of July, we are here for you! We have a ton of resources, so we have a list of them here so you can see which ones are of the most interest to you.

5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe on the 4th of July

If you are looking for ways to keep your dog and cat safe on the 4th of July, then this is the blog for you! We have all the information you need to make sure it is a safe day for everyone.

How Do I Keep My Dog Safe on the 4th of July?

If you are focused on your dog, check this out! We go in detail on how to keep your dog safe and happy on the 4th.

Why Does My Dog Not Like the 4th of July?

Sometimes people are confused about why their dogs to not love the 4th of July as much as they do. So here we break it down and let you see how it can be a stressful holiday for your furry friends.

 

Be safe and have a wonderful 4th of July with your pets!

Pet Lovers Guide to Greeley

 

Are you one of the many pet lovers living in Greeley? Or maybe you are thinking of getting a pet soon. Either way, eventually you will need a Pet Sitter, Dog Walker, Cat Sitter, Vet, Dog Trainer, Groomer, Rescue or Pet Shop.

But how do you find the best solution for you and your pets? We have put together a list of resources for pet lovers to make this easier for you!

 

Greeley Pet Sitter

Choosing the right pet sitter for your pet can be difficult. You want to ensure your sitter is correct for your household and your pets. Because of that, we put together an ebook A Pet Owner’s Guide to Hiring a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker to give you all of the information you need to hire a pet sitter that is a good match for you.

 

Greeley Dog Walker

Dog walkers are great for dog who have a lot of energy and people who do not have enough time. A dog walk can be nice for a day when you work late, or just cannot get away to take out your pup. To learn about how to hire a dog walker, take a look at our ebook A Pet Owner’s Guide to Hiring a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker. This can guide you through why you may need a dog walker, how they work and how you find one that is a wonderful match for your household.

If you want to learn about the Benefits of Regular Dog Walks, read our recent article. If you want to learn about our dog walking services, take a look at our services page.

 

Pet Supply Stores Around Windsor

Greeley has some wonderful places to shop for all of the supplies you need for your pets. We are a huge fan of shopping local whenever possible, and we believe locally-owned stores tend to have better-educated employees to give you advice.

We have collected a list of our favorite pet supply stores in town:

A good pet supply store should be able to offer suggestions on products based on your pet’s health needs. Ask some questions and if you do not feel comfortable then try a different store.

 

Greeley Rescues

As such an animal-friendly city, Greeley has a wide variety of rescues. It would be impossible to list them all here, but we wanted to provide you the groups that are large and most likely to be able to meet your needs. Whether you want to adopt a new pet or just have questions, these rescues are all great!

Here are the rescues most likely to be of assistance:

If one of these organizations cannot answer your questions, they will refer you to someone who can.

 

Greeley Veterinarians

With Greeley being so CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, we are flush with amazing veterinarians. Choosing a veterinarian that is a good fit for you

Here is a list of veterinarians in Greeley:

If you need help choosing your new veterinarian, read our recent article 5 Tips to Picking a Veterinarian You Love.

 

Greeley Emergency Veterinarians

When you have a pet emergency, you want to make sure to get the best care for your animal, no matter what time of day! Emergency vet clinics are open 24/7, 365 days a year and can be a lifesaver when you need one. It is important to know where your closest clinic is so you know where to go right away.

Here are emergency veterinary clinics:

 

Greeley Dog Trainers

All dogs can use a little training, whether it be the normal sit and stay, or learning how to stop your puppy from chewing on your shoes. Plus training classes can be fun for you and your dog to have some bonding time! Dogs are smart animals and need to use their brains to keep them from getting bored.

Here are dog trainers in the Greeley area:

When choosing a dog trainer you want to pick one that works with your dog in a positive and fear-free manner.

 

Greeley Dog-Friendly Hotels

If you are coming to Greeley to visit or if you find yourself needing to stay in a hotel for a while, you want to have a hotel that is friendly for your dog.

We have made a list of hotels that are dog friendly and wonderful for you!

If you are visiting Greeley and need to leave your dog while you go out for an activity, consider having a pet sitter come to stay in your hotel. This will give your dog company and make sure she does not get in any trouble while you are gone. We provide extended stays for these types of trips which you can learn about in our services.

 

Greeley Dog Groomers

A good haircut is important to the health and happiness of your dog. Considerate groomers can make the grooming process as easy as possible.

We have collected a list of groomers in Greeley:

If you would like to get tips on how to pick the perfect groomer, read our recent article 5 Places for Dog Grooming in Fort Collins.

 

Self-Service Dog Washes in Greeley

If your dog does not need all the trimmings, it can sometimes be easier to clean them up yourself. It is wonderful to go to a self-service dog wash where you can use their space to get your pup clean without making a mess of your bathroom.

We have collected a list of self-service dog washes in Greeley:

To learn more about costs of using a self-service dog wash, read our recent article How Much Does it Cost to Use a Self Service Dog Wash?

 

Greeley Catteries

When you are traveling you can either hire a pet sitter or board your cat in a cattery. There are advantages of each, and if you decide to board your cat there are a variety of options.

We have collected a list of nearby catteries:

If you are considering hiring a pet sitter, look at advantages of cat sitting and take a look at our services.

 

Dog Boarding Kennels in Greeley

 When leaving town you can either hire a pet sitter or board your dog in a kennel.

We have collected a list of the top places to board your dog in Greeley:

If you are considering pet sitting, read our recent article Why Should I Hire a Dog Sitter, and look at our services.

 

Greeley Doggy Daycare

When your dog needs some extra exercise, you have two options:

  1. Send your dog to daycare
  2. Hire a dog walker to exercise your dog

Dog daycare can be great for well-socialized dogs who enjoy the company of other dogs. If you are unsure if daycare is a good option, read our recent article Doggy Daycare vs Dog Walker.

Here are a couple of the doggy daycares in Greeley:

If you are thinking about using a dog walker take a look at our services.

 

Greeley Poop Scooper

If you love your dog but do not love cleaning up after him then you may need a poop-scooping company!

 

Top Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Greeley

During nice weather, it can be a bonus to be able to take your dog with you when you go out to eat. In Greeley we have many, many food options to choose from, so you might as well pick one where you can bring your pup!

These are good pet-friendly restaurants in Greeley:

 

Greeley Dog Parks

In Greeley, folks love their dogs and we want them to have as much fun as possible! For well-socialized dogs, that can mean a trip to the dog park is a favorite activity.

Here in Greeley, we have a beautiful dog park:

  • Freedom Park – It has separate areas for different dogs and is beautifully built.

 

Do you have a resource you think should be added to the Pet Lovers Guide to Greeley? Let us know via our contact form so we can check it out!

7 Books for Pet Lovers

 

If you are looking for something good to read we have book recommendations for dog and cat lovers! Whether you are looking for something educational or just fun, I have the perfect book for you!

Starting from Scratch by Pam Johnson-Bennett

This amazing book focuses on cat behavior and all of the common issues cat owners can see. It is written by Pam Johnson-Bennett, a cat behaviorist and author. You can see her array of books on her website.

Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin

If you want to have a look at animals and the world from their perspective, this book is for you. Temple Grandin is a Fort Collins native and Colorado State University professor.

The Best of James Harriot

Really, any book by James Harriot is worth reading, but this collection pulls together his best stories. These feel-good tales are a wonderful insight into the world of veterinary medicine and people who love their pets.

Merle’s Door by Ted Kerasote

This book tells the tale of a dog able to make his own decisions in life and how he affects the people he interacts with. It is a true story about a real dog and makes you think about our pets as individuals.

Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson

This is one of the first great modern books on dog behavior and our interactions with our pets. It is a clear but easy ready for dog lovers!

Tiny But Mighty by Hannah Shaw

If you are interested in kittens, then this is the book for you! Hannah Shaw, also known at the Kitten Lady, tells you everything you need to know when working with young kittens. Hopefully, it convinces more people to foster young kittens and gives them the confidence to help these amazing animals!

The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell

The author Patricia McConnell is a world-renowned dog behaviorist and she gives us a glimpse into the dog mind in this book. It is easy to understand the perspective of our canine friends and be able to communicate even better with them!

 

Do you have a book that you love? Share it with us!

Why NOW is the Perfect Time to Foster or Adopt a Pet!

 

 

We are all stressed by the regular news of COVID-19 and many of us are working from home. But right now is actually a great time to help an animal in need!

Rescues and humane societies are closing but the animals still need help.

So why is now the perfect time to adopt or foster a pet?

  • Many of you are working from home! You are around to give extra time to a dog or cat, or puppies or kittens! Even if you will not have time after this pandemic is over, you have time now and now is when the shelters are the busiest.
  • The state of Colorado (PACFA is in charge of shelters and rescues) has issued an allowance for rescues to forgo inspections of new foster homes. This allows rescues to help more animals in need without breaking the need for social distancing.
  • Shelters and rescues are doing fewer adoptions both because people are scared and from the need to close their facilities to limit social contact. Some shelters are having trouble staffing enough people to keep their doors open. Fostering or adopting an animal can help save a life during this desperate time.
  • When you get a new pet you always need to purchase at least a few new supplies. Getting these from your local pet supply store will help your local economy! Contact us for our supply delivery service if you want to stay home.
  • The extra time with you working from home and practice social distancing will give your pet time to adjust to your home and the new surroundings. It can be startling for a dog or cat to be in a new place and have you leave to go to work for an entire day. This time eases the transition so they will be more comfortable when you do go back to work.
  • Contact with dogs and cats has been proven to improve mood and mental health. Plus having to walk a dog can improve your physical health. I think we could all use a boost right now!
  • And last but not least, getting a new pet gives you a ton of cute pictures to post online. And we can all use something cute to break up the negative news!

How do you foster or adopt safely?

  • Think about what pet would be a good fit for your household, either temporarily or permanently.
  • Take a look online at animals up for adoption at local rescues. Most rescues list their adoptable animals on their website so you can find one that seems to be a good match for you.
  • Reach out to the rescue and see how (or if) they are processing adoptions. Procedures are changing daily so it is best to reach out to them directly and figure out the current method for meeting the pet and going through the adoption process.
  • Get any supplies you need! You can pick them up or have them delivered. Try to purchase them from a local supply store to support your local economy. Take a look at our checklists for getting ready for a dog or cat.
  • If you are interested in fostering a pet, reach out to a local rescue and see if they are accepting new fosters during this time.

Then share the pictures with us!