What You Can Do If Your Cat Gets Lost:
Be patient. Repeat the steps above as necessary.
- Tour your neighborhood by foot with a kennel and food in hand, making the usual sounds and noises associated with dinner time (by tapping the can or shaking a bowl of dry food, for example).
- Promptly blanket your neighborhood and surrounding area with "Lost Cat" signs and flyers. If you print a sign using your ink-jet printer, keep in mind that the ink may run or fade after a few days. Have copies made at your local copy center or create a sign using a permanent black marker. Bring a roll of wide tape, thumbtacks and a hammer to post your flyers. Don't forget to post them in high-traffic areas such as local grocery stores, veterinary offices, and pet supply stores.
Signs should BOLDLY state: "LOST CAT" with a good description to include coat color and pattern, weight, sex, and whether or not the cat was wearing tags and/or is microchipped. We strongly recommend including a clear photograph of the wayward feline, along with the date the cat went missing, from what location, and your contact information. A personal plea and an offer of a reward might also help. Use this as an opportunity to speak with your neighbors and tell them to be on the lookout.
- Call local animal shelters, vet clinics, and the microchip tracking company to inform them of your cat's disappearance. Provide them all of the information as stated above. Fax or bring them a copy of your flyer. VISIT animal shelters often to look for yourself.
Did you find a lost cat?
- Ensure your pet is microchipped and registered with AVID's PeTrac, and the Hawaiian Humane Society (HHS) at 946-2187. Keep the contact information up to date with AVID PeTrac and the HHS (a disconnected phone number may mean the end of the search for you).
NOTE: If the chip is implanted by the HHS, it will automatically be entered into their database; however, it is up to you to register the information with AVID's PeTrac. Otherwise the only information AVID will have is that the chip was sold to the HHS.
- Put a safety (break-away, not elasticized) collar on your pet. Be sure the collar sports an identification tag with up-to-date contact information. Tags and collars are important accessories whether you have an indoor or indoor/outdoor cat. With so many stray felines on the island, people may be more willing to approach an unfamiliar tagged cat versus one that wears no outward identification.
- Take and print a few GOOD, CLEAR photographs of your cat. Keep them in a safe and easily accessible place.
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