What is a Sighting?

A sighting is when someone gets a glimpse of a wandering pet.  Many people think that wandering pets are abandoned strays.  Sometimes, yes they are.  But did you know that often times, they are lost pets!

  • They are pets that someone loves very much, and is missing very much.
  • They are pets who became lost due to a fence gate left open by an external party.
  • They are pets who became lost due to fireworks or loud sounds that frightened them.
  • They are pets that may be allowed to roam by their owners, but due to the inadvertent actions of Good Samaritans trying to capture them, actually in turn drove them far away from home.

It is incredibly valuable information when community members share information about roaming pets they have seen.  This information can help an owner to locate and pinpoint their pet’s whereabouts.

Missouri Lost & Found Paws would like to share the following tips for these situations:

  • Include the date, time and location where the pet was seen along with a description. This information can help those searching to rule out false sightings from valid sightings.  Sightings help individuals find lost pets!
  • Snap a photo or video if you can! Videos often work best!
  • Do not assume the animal is a stray! Often times, it is someone’s beloved, lost furry family member!
  • Remember, it doesn’t take long for a pet to look bedraggled. Lack of food, anxiety, stress, nervousness, cruelty or injury can lead to a poor state of affairs.
  • Do not chase the pet. If you feel comfortable to approach the pet, try laying down or sitting down. Use a soft, gentle voice . If you have pet friendly food/snacks (White Castle works great!), use it to your advantage.
  • If you can, coax the pet to come to you, secure it, and contact animal control or take the pet to the closest animal control facility or shelter.

YOU can provide hope to a family who is desperately searching for their beloved pet.  Help Us Help Them Get Home!


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