Focus on Prevention
“The best scenario is, of course, to never lose your pet in the first place, but it happens. It can happen to anyone,” Flower says.
If your dog spends time unsupervised in your yard, regularly check that the fence is secure, that gates are latched, and there are no openings where he can escape, Marrinan says. “No identification method is better than a working fence or a leash.”
While dogs do love to run free, keeping him leashed during walks will keep him safe. Let him run around in a safely enclosed yard or dog park instead. And once your pup is returned home, be sure to remove all the posters you put up around town and update website listings to let people know he is safe and sound. Everyone loves a story that ends with a happy tail wag.