We are so sorry to hear about your lost dog! It is a heartbreaking & desperate feeling to have lost a pet! Our team has compiled the following resources, tips, and research-based info to get you started RIGHT NOW on your search!
Who We Are:
Ladies and The Trap is a volunteer group that locates & retrieves lost/stray dogs. We use research-based techniques to lure & often humanely trap those dogs that have become too scared to approach on their own.
How We Can Help You:
- Share our knowledge/experience on what strategies are most successful
- Utilize our network to help spread the word and get as many eyes watching for your dog as possible
- Provide coaching and direction based on each individual case/dog
- Employ the appropriate tools to track & capture your dog if needed
- Offer encouragement, an understanding ear, and real-life examples of HOPE to help you keep pushing!
What YOU Can Do Now:
- Review the remainder of this Resource page. This has critical information that we have compiled carefully to give you the very best chances of bringing your fur baby back home!
- Complete the LOST DOG CHECKLIST. Everything on there is a simple and effective strategy that does not require any kind of special skill or tool. Use our tips to make it easy and recruit family & friends to help!
- Reach out to our group for additional assistance if you need it! We are happy to jump in and help when we can!
LOST DOG CHECKLIST
- CHECK THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY & ALERT NEIGHBORS
- SET OUT FOOD, WATER, & AND AN ITEM WITH THE OWNER’S SCENT AT THE PLACE DOG WAS LOST
- Think stinky, novel foods like wet dog food, meat, gravy, etc
- Dirty laundry works great for owner-scented items.
- Change out 1-2 x a day for optimal scent
- REPORT DOG AS LOST TO YOUR LOCAL SHELTER & CHECK OFTEN
- Which shelter? CHECK HERE
- Check “found pets” pages of area shelter’s websites CONTINUOUSLY!
- REPORT DOG AS LOST TO THE DOG’S MICROCHIP COMPANY & VETERINARIAN
- MAKE BIG EYE-CATCHING POSTERS & PLACE IN THE AREA AT MAIN INTERSECTIONS
- #POSTERSWORK - SEE HERE for the cheapest and most effective way to do them!
- USE A RECENT PHOTO TO CREATE A FLYER WITH IMPORTANT INFO
- POST FLYER ON SOCIAL MEDIA
OTHER IMPORTANT INFO
- NEVER CHASE! This only pushes the dog farther away and distracts them from avoiding cars & other dangers. INSTEAD - Use the “STOP, DROP & THINK” Method (Get low & still, use calming body language, and patiently lure with food). SEE HOW & WHY HERE
- Research shows that calling out to a dog, whistling, or using its name most often makes the dog bolt! LEARN WHY & WHAT WORKS HERE
- Dogs often return to the place they were lost from at some point! (Especially if the dog was displaced from an accident, spooked, in unfamiliar territory, etc). It is VERY important to monitor the place they were lost for as long as possible.
- Use a camera such as a trail camera or security camera, if you are able, to help monitor activity in the area.
- If it is safe to do so, consider sleeping at the location as well. This makes you very non-threatening, allowing your dog time to register your scent. You may just wake up to your furry friend!