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Question:Do "lost dog" fliers work?

I was walking around my neighborhood yesterday and I came across the saddest "lost dog" flier ever! It was written in the cursive handwriting of girl who couldn't have been older than 12 and described her puppy as wearing a gray sweater.
It just about broke my heart!
I was wondering if anyone has ever had luck with one of these posters. I want to hold out hope for the puppy in the little gray sweater.

Asked by runnindownadream on 10/8/08 5 Answers»


I think they work, especially if you put a photo. I created a flier on Link . They also allow you to post an online ad too. Someone in my neighborhood saw our dog in the back alley and called the number listed. I was so thrilled to see him again!

Answered by: anna01 on 6/9/09


I think they do help. A neighbor lost her dog,2 weeks later it was found in another city close by and returned because of the fliers.We made sure that we took fliers to the Animal Shelters,the County Dog Pounds and to all the Vets and Clinics in and around town.I hope they find their Puppy.

Answered by: nadine62 on 10/13/08


If I lost my dog I'd consider putting a flier up.

However, be wary of scams. There are scumbags out there. In one scam, someone sees your flier and calls your number. They tell you your dog is injured but they'll only give him back if you mail a check for the vet bill.

Or even worse, they they work in pairs. One calls to collect information, tricking you into giving details about your dog such as peculiar markings. Then the caller says, "Oh, sorry, this isn't him. He isn't marked that way at all." The other person calls the next day and repeats the detailed information that you gave out the day before. So it seems like they must have your dog since they know so much! And you *want* to believe it. Then they ask for a reward, repayment of a vet bill,etc.

Answered by: TonyInKY on 10/8/08


As a pet owner I always look at the fliers to see if it's anyone I know from the neighborhood. I have heard some stories of dogs being reunited with their owners. I don't know how much can be attributed to the fliers, but I have to imagine they help. I don't know what I would do if I lost my dog ... he's such a big part of my life.

Answered by: VictoriaB on 10/8/08


That's quite sad! I too hold out hope that animals are returned to loving homes.

I've seen lots of posters in my neighborhood lately for dogs and cats for sale. Do you suppose people are struggling to care for and feed their pets and really need the money?

Answered by: Eva1873 on 10/8/08
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