Finding every lost dog is the most important thing to us at Finding Rover, and each week we’ll be bringing you tips we’ve found helpful in the past to make the process of finding a pet less painful. The better prepared you are, the easier it will be to stay focused and carry out the steps needed to find your beloved friend.
Making lost dog posters when you’ve just lost your best friend can be a daunting task. Below are some useful pointers we’ve collected from past experiences to help you make effective lost dog posters.
1. Print out your posters – handwriting is far less legible than type, so try to avoid writing by hand at all times.
2. Make your posters BIG so people driving or walking by can’t miss the sign.
3. The photo of your dog should also be big and clear – make sure every part of their face is distinctly featured. Keep some easily recognizable photos of your dog ready on your computer so you won’t have to go through your photos and choose when you’ve lost your dog – that process can be both painful and confusing. Make sure you have a photo prepared beforehand so you’ll have it ready when needed.
4. Keep your sentences brief and to the point. Use simple, direct words to describe your dog (e.g., “Husky w/black & white face & gold markings” instead of “Sweet Husky with underbite, graying chin, gold around cheeks and black and white fur around face”).
5. Don’t forget to put the exact location where you and your dog were last with cross streets as well as the time of day when you lost your dog.
6. Try to use fluorescent colored paper to print the poster on – this will make sure people notice and catch their attention.
And don’t forget, the moment you’ve lost your dog, report it to the local shelters as well as on Finding Rover – nearby Finding Rover users may see your dog and help reunite you with your dog sooner than later.