Step by step strategies to find your pet
Lost a pet ... there is hope (
Found a pet? )
We're sorry your pet is missing... You've
come to the right place for help. We understand a
lot of what you're going through
from personal experience
when our own pets
were missing. The frustration of that
experience led to the creation of this
specialist service for New Zealand lost and found
pets in 2002.
thousands of pets have been reunited directly due to
indirectly through following our
advice. Many more pets simply "just come home".
So there is a huge
amount of hope your pet will be home safely
soon too. The important thing is to
take action as soon as possible.
CRITICAL key strategies
1) Place an ad with petsonthenet.co.nz
with a picture if at all possible. Whether it is a
bronze (free) ad or an upgraded Silver or Gold level ad,
please get some
form of ad up ASAP. Pets have sometimes been reunited in
literally minutes of ads being placed, so it's critical
an ad be posted ASAP.
2) Check petsonthenet's "Found Pets" DAILY until
your pet is home
3) Renew your petsonthenet ad when your expiry
notice is emailed, renew until your pet is home. Do not
give up too soon. We recommend at least six months of
advertising with us and checking regularly on
Be seen where people are looking, post and renew your
ad with us, and check daily *until* 'your pet is found
Time is of the essence.
chances of success improve greatly if you
follow our plan as soon as
possible. Don't take a "wait and see" approach. Day one of your
search is the most intense, so take a sick
(with worry) day or annual leave if possible so
you can really focus on what you need to do.
STEP, go to our
your lost pet action plan -
Keep an open mind
people immediately assume their pet was stolen. This is
incredibly rare in NZ!!! Especially with
cats. Unless someone actually witnessed your
pet being stolen you cannot afford to
"narrow" your field down to just this
option. It means you will not properly investigate
all the other reasons your pet could be
properly and you could miss a very important
step in the process. Click here to see
advice from the NZ Police about stolen pets
- they have advice on what to say, and what not to say in your fliers, ads etc
Because your pets could be missing for a
number of reasons, it is important you do
everything on the checklist to ensure you
cover all your bases.
what could have happened???
If you have appreciated our advice, support and free
support us with your donation so we can continue to
reunite and rehome more pets throughout NZ. Every dollar
helps, thank you.
Feline Founder of petsonthenet.co.nz,
Sammy. Her three day disappearance in 2000 inspired the birth of PetsontheNet!
for her story).