Janet Medcalf, Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society
"My pet is lost, and what can I
do to find them?"
Those words strike fear into the hearts of animal lovers. But if you know
what to do, you have an even greater likelihood of relocating your pet.
Here are steps pet
owners can take to help prevent their pets from being lost or stolen.
1. Never leave
your pet unsupervised when it's outdoors unless the pet is in a fenced area. If your pet is
not inside a fence, then you'll want to make sure it's on a leash at all times.
2. Put locks on your gates to prevent someone from coming into your yard and
stealing your pet.
3. Have your pet microchipped. A microchip is an
inexpensive, permanent identification, approximately the size of a grain of rice, implanted in the
back of your pet's neck. Most animal shelters and veterinarian offices can scan any found animal
for a microchip. The cost of microchipping at the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society is $20.
Many vets' offices offer similar services.
4. Ensure that your pet always wears a
collar with an identification tag including current phone number, rabies tag and microchip
tag. For cats, a "safety" or "breakaway" collar is recommended. These may be purchased at
the Humane Society or numerous area stores.
5. Have your pet spayed or
neutered. This will prevent your pet from being used to breed or from being placed into a
6. Use safety harnesses or crates when traveling. Car accidents
happen, and an unrestrained, uncrated pet will likely run from the scene of an accident, sometimes
7. Give your pet the gift of obedience training. You will be
more likely to stop your pet if it begins to wander away, if it knows even the simplest of
commands, like "sit," "stay" and "come."
In the event that your pet disappears, these
steps can help you recover your loved one.
1. Alert your neighbors and ask them to
be on the lookout.
2. Call Greene County Animal Control (423-798-1777) and
the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society (423-639-4771) to let them know of the disappearance.
Give them a detailed description of your pet. (It is also a good idea to go to both facilities
every few days to look for your pet.)
3. Call The Greeneville Sun
newspaper (423-638-4181). They offer a free five day lost/found ad in their classified
4. Call WGRV radio (423-638-4147). They will announce lost and
5. Use flyers. Flyers should be posted in all businesses in your area
including all veterinarian offices. Please give a flyer to your mail carrier and your newspaper
carrier, too, since they travel the area around your house on a regular basis.
Post your loss on Facebook, including a photo and description. Many animals have been found
this way. On Facebook, the "Friends of Greeneville Greene County TN Humane Society" lists all
animals brought to the facility on a daily basis. Other helpful Facebook sites include Greene Co.
Lost & Found; Greene County Tenn. Animal Lovers; Greene County, TN Help for Animals; My
Greeneville; and Greene County TN Animal Control
7. Most importantly, don't give
up hope. Many pets have been returned home weeks, months and even years after they've