If your pet goes missing…
(If you are on this page because you want help with a STRAY animal, please skip to the section below)
It’s devastating when a beloved family pet goes missing; most people don’t know what to do, or where to start. A landscaper fails to latch a gate securely; a child leaves a door open; or house guests not accustomed to being vigilant allow a skittish pet to slip out the front door during a party. HARTT provides valuable tips on exactly how to go about using time and resources most wisely and efficiently to locate your lost pet. Once located, if your pet is skittish or shy and won’t come to you, HARTT can assist with humanely trapping the animal.
The first 24-48 hours are the most critical, and the effort you put in during this critical time will dramatically increase the likelihood that you will recover your pet safely. However, it is NEVER too late to begin searching for your lost pet! Most lost pets do survive; they are incredibly resourceful and can usually find sources of water, nourishment and shelter.
If your pet is missing, what we need most from you and your family is your commitment that you will share information freely and actively participate in the search and support effort. Your active involvement allows HARTT volunteers to concentrate on the areas where our specialized skills and knowledge can be deployed most efficiently to help as many lost pets in our community as possible.
Even if your pet was lost from an unfamiliar area, approximately 80% of the lost pets we help stay within 1 mile of where they went missing (even if this location is hundreds of miles from their home). Using that probability, we will concentrate on this area first.
The strategy also may be a bit different if your pet is young/healthy, or old/sick/medically compromised, and if your dog is confident/social or shy/skittish. Our Lost Pet Owner Guide will guide you through the critical steps to take to bring your lost pet home as quickly as possible. We suggest you print out a copy and keep it with you as you go about your lost pet search steps.
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Know of an animal in need who is a stray or does not have a known owner? Keep reading to learn more about our services and how to get help. Our volunteers are based in Maricopa County (the greater Phoenix area), and we have limited services in Payson and northern Arizona only.
Need our help?
If you would like a consultation with HARTT, OR if your pet has been located in a somewhat defined area and you would like our help with humane trapping, please fill out and submit the following form. Our volunteers are based in Maricopa County (the greater Phoenix area), and we have limited services in Payson and northern Arizona only. Due to the overwhelming demand for our services and the volume of animals in need, we do our best to prioritize the cases we accept in the following order:
- Lost pets, with an owner who is able to actively help us with the search activities (highest priority);
- Injured animals;
- Animals who are healthy but who are in imminent danger (trapped in a building; running along a highway; etc.);
- Animals are in close proximity to a trained HARTT volunteer who is available to assist; or
- Stray dogs who appear to be substantially healthy and uninjured (lowest priority, due to limited volunteer availability).
HARTT is a nonprofit organization supported by donations – your support of our work allows us to help you, as well as other families in this difficult situation. Please let us know if you are willing to make a tax deductible donation to HARTT! Please allow up to 48 hours for one of our volunteers to reach out to you.
What you can expect:
If you fill out our form and ask for help, please remember HARTT is run completely by volunteers who help with animals in need after we get off work, tend to our families, etc. Consider HARTT’s involvement as a supplement to, rather than a replacement for, your own personal effort and involvement! Our help may consist of some or all of the following:
- Reviewing your submitted Help Request to learn more about the situation;
- Reviewing online maps to become familiar with the area and advise on potential strategies;
- Designing eye-catching and effective flyers, and emailing them to you for printing;
- Helping you to know what steps to take in response to changing circumstances;
- Setting humane traps and monitoring equipment, once the animal is located in a defined area and is showing up somewhat predictably;
- In some circumstances, based on volunteer availability in your area, helping you and your family and friends with hanging flyers and searching.