About Pet Theft Awareness Day
Observed annually on February 14th–also known as Valentine's Day, which sees a considerable uptick in pet thefts–Last Chance for Action (LCA) first created National Pet Theft Awareness Day in 1988 to raise awareness for the issues of pet theft and to educate the public about how to keep their companion animals safe from unscrupulous thieves.
What to Do If Your Pet Is Stolen or Goes Missing
- Call the police; if your pet is stolen, ask to file a report so there is a record of the theft.
- Contact your local animal control department, animal shelters, and pounds in your area. You can also file a lost pet report with each shelter.
- Canvass your neighborhood and put up "missing" flyers/posters with an up-to-date photo of your dog along with accurate contact information.
- Search online "lost dog" websites (such as Craigslist or Center for Lost Pets) to see if someone has found your pet.
- Be aware of scams! People may claim to have your pet and insist on a reward before turning the animal over to you. If a stranger calls saying they've found your pet, make sure they give you a very detailed description of your pet.