Any dog owner who has ever lost their dog will know what a distressing experience this is and how getting your dog back as quickly as possible is a priority. There are many methods that people use to find their dog, including searching the local area and asking neighbors if they have seen the dog. However, one of the most effective ways to find a dog is to create a missing dog flyer. Here are seven useful tips for the dos and don’ts of making an effective missing dog flyer to find your lost dog.
1. Do Write the Correct Details
The most vital element of the flyer is the information that you provide. This should include the dog’s name, a brief description of the dog, and when and where it went missing. It should also include your name and contact details. If you are offering a reward for finding your dog, you should also include this. It is essential you thoroughly check the details you have included before printing and distributing your flyers. If you have written an incorrect contact number, nobody can get in touch with you to report a sighting or to let you know they have found your dog. It makes sense to get a second person to double check the information you have given.
2. Don’t Sound Negligent
If people think it is your own fault that the dog is lost, they may be less willing to help you in your predicament. They may also think you are irresponsible and that you do not deserve to have the dog returned. Avoid writing things like the dog is lost because you left the front door open or that it may have been missing for hours but you only just noticed.
3. Do Adopt an Emotional Angle
Animal lovers are moved by pet stories with an emotional angle, so this is something you should play on in your flyer. Put the dog at center stage with a photograph in which they look particularly cute. If you have children who are missing their beloved family pet, this is information you should include to appeal to dog lovers. You can also use any other information about the dog that may tug at people’s heartstrings. Examples include if the dog is elderly, a rescue dog, anxious, or on medication for an illness. These are the types of information that make people keen to help you and your dog in your time of need.
4. Don’t Use an Unclear Photograph
The photograph on the flyer is a key element of successfully finding your dog. A photo gives people a much better idea of what your dog looks like than simply adding a description of your pet. However, it is essential that the photo is clear and not grainy. If possible, use a color photograph of your dog as these are the clearest images. The photo should also be recent and not of them when they were a puppy if they are now an adult dog.
5. Do Share Your Flyer on Social Media
While posting flyers on street lamps in your local area is a great way to let people know your dog is missing, only people walking by will see your posters. Consider taking a photograph of your flyer and posting it on social media. Ask people to share the poster and it will increase the number of people who are aware your dog is missing. This means that more people will keep an eye out for your dog in the area.
6. Don’t Sound Crazy
If you lost your dog in unusual circumstances, its best to leave off this information as it may make you seem a little crazy. This may deter people from ringing you with information about your dog as they may not want to waste their time talking to someone who sounds crazy or they may even think the poster is a prank.
7. Do Add a Date and Time
Adding a date and time that you last saw your dog is useful as it helps people to recollect what they were doing at that time and if they saw a dog in the area. Jogging people’s memories in this way increases the likelihood of you having a reported sighting.