If you have a lost pet and have been able to pinpoint your pet’s location, set up a food and water station. This will help to keep the pet in the area.
Even the most beloved pet will move into what we call survival mode. Though they see you, though they smell you, they may act as though they do not recognize you. This is because their inner instincts kick in which is to protect themselves. For these situations, we highly recommend using humane traps to catch your frightened pet. Calling out, approaching them, pursuing them, etc. can prove to be detrimental and can cause your frightened pet to scamper off. The goal is to keep them in the area where they have developed a sense of security. Do not cause them to be fearful of their new surroundings. Instead, let the humane trap do its job.
If you need guidance or assistance with how to go about trapping your lost pet, please contact us at Missouri Lost & Found Paws. As we are a community-based, volunteer run organization, we are happy to help however we can as it is our mission to help lost and found pets return home.