Every year about 5 million companion animals are reported missing-an estimated 2 million of them are stolen. Stolen dogs and cats may be used in dogfights, cult rituals, and other slow tortures "for fun"—and many are stolen and sold for use in experiments. Hundreds of thousands of docile, friendly lost and stolen dogs and cats suffer and die in experiments every year. Click here for more information about animal dealers.
Your Dog Is Gone
1) File "missing" reports at veterinarians' offices, the police department, and animal control. Follow up in person to make sure that a case of mistaken identity is not hampering a reunion with your companion animal.2) Comb the neighborhood, paying special attention to spaces under porches, shrubs, and cars, as well as sheds, drain pipes, and other hiding places that might attract your frightened friend. Cover at least a 2-mile radius.3) Ask delivery persons in your neighborhood if they have seen your animal running at large.4) Post "missing" fliers, including a current photo that accurately portrays your companion animal-do not use one that is dated and misrepresents his or her appearance. At the top of your flier, write "REWARD," and at the bottom list your home, work, and cell phone numbers.
5) Visit your local animal shelter and animal control departments every day in person to see if your nonhuman friend has been turned in. Do not be satisfied with telephone inquiries. Shelters receive dozens of animals every day—and the staff person who answers your phone call may have missed seeing your friend come into the facility.6) Place "lost" advertisements in all the local and weekly newspapers. Many publications will place such ads free of charge. Check the "found" ads every day.7) If two weeks pass, update your flier. A rain-soaked, tattered flier can look months old to someone who might think the animal on your flier is long gone and can't be the same animal he or she has just rescued from busy traffic.8) Don't give up. It's not uncommon for lost companion animals and their guardians to be reunited weeks or even months after becoming lost. It can be frustrating, but your perseverance will increase your chances of finding your lost friend.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.