Once upon a time there was a dog named Hawk….
A rancher turned in three dogs to the MaxFund Animal Shelter of Denver. Eventually two of the dogs were adopted, leaving Hawk alone. Volunteers who walked him said he was rowdy and could not tolerate the noise of the city.
On May 1, Hawk was finally adopted by a man who felt certain he could handle the challenges Hawk presented. A few days later, Hawk’s new owner took him to a dog park to begin socializing him and Hawk ran away.
MaxFund volunteers banded together and canvassed the neighborhood day-after-day. They posted signs and spoke to people on the street. Time passed and volunteers were losing hope that Hawk would be found. Suddenly reports of sightings began coming in. MaxFund officials convinced Adams County Animal Control to set traps and this week they reported they had recovered Hawk.
If your pet goes missing, do you know what to do?
Do not panic. Emotion affects your ability to process information. Systematically, notify everyone: neighbors, local shelters, animal rescue groups, veterinarians and workers in the neighborhood (landscapers, carpenters, painters, postal carrier.) The sooner you spread the word, and the more people alerted, the greater the chance of your pet’s safe return.
Pass out a photo of your pet along with a detailed written description. Highlight anything unique about your cat/dog; distinctive markings, a scar, or a tattoo (popular before micro-chipping.) Mention the last place he was known to be.
If your pet is micro-chipped, presumably you registered him online. If so, go to your computer and fill out the Lost Pet form.
Post flyers in the neighborhood and at any commercial establishment that grants permission (remove the flyers later.)
Visit the municipal animal shelter (Aurora and Denver) as often as possible and check the websites of the nonprofit shelters daily to include the Denver Dumb Friends League and MaxFund.
Ask neighborhood children to call your pet’s name as they ride their bikes.
Offer a reward__money captures attention and motivates.
Consider that your pet may be trapped. In the case of a cat or small dog, he could be stuck in a deep window well. So look up, down, over and under.
Life happens and even the most vigilant pet owner can find themselves in this situation.
Please be a responsible pet owner by having your animal spayed/neutered and micro-chipped.