A couple of months ago, we covered how to make the most eye-catching and effective lost dog posters, so today we're bringing you the second half of that process: where to post those lost dog flyers.
There are several factors to take into consideration when putting up lost dog posters such as where your dog's temporary home base may be, where people are most likely to pay attention to the flyers, and who would respond to your signs.
If you end up in the unfortunate situation of losing your dog, time is precious. We hope these tips will aid you in the recovery of your pup in an efficient and resourceful manner.
Location, location, location
The first place you should start putting up lost dog posters is within a five block radius of where you lost your dog. If you aren't reunited with your dog by the end of the day, your dog will very likely make a temporary home base close to where you lost him. Putting up flyers around this area will greatly increase the chances of pedestrians recognizing your dog and returning him to you.
Follow the Dog Lover
The people who are most likely going to interact with a strange, lost dog and go through the process of returning him to his owner are fellow dog lovers. Posting flyers at dog stores, parks, and dog-friendly establishments close to where you lost your dog will alert the community about your pup, as well as spread the word about your search more rapidly.
The following may seem obvious, but when you've lost your dog, the most apparent things slip your mind. When posting flyers on lampposts, trees, or other vertical surfaces on the street, make sure you place them at the average adult eye level and that you put a flyer on both sides of the post so pedestrians from both directions will see the posters. Don't, however, cover up other people's posters with your own—others have lost dogs too, and it's important to respect their search. There are alternative, more effective ways of making your poster stand out (check out our first lost dog poster feature).
Power in Numbers
There's no harm in asking the establishments around that location if you can post a flyer up in their window or at their register. Often, there tends to be more foot traffic in stores, offices, and restaurants (especially if you lose your pooch in a residential area), and while posting lost dog flyers on trees is useful, having a poster up in a store can get ten times the amount of people clued in to your search.
Remember, the first step before your dog gets lost is to register them on the Finding Rover app and update their profile regularly. Preparation and prevention is key!