How to create a lost pet poster?

Losing a cat or dog can be very stressful for any owners. Find out in this article how to make a lost poster to let your neighbours know about your pet’s whereabouts.

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Losing a pet can be a very stressful and worrisome situation for the owner. Whether your dog has run away, or your cat has broken its routine and has not been back for a couple of days, one of the solutions to find your missing animal is putting up lost posters.


Why make a lost poster?

When a cat or dog has run away or gotten lost, likely, the animal is still roaming around the neighbourhood. By putting up lost posters, your neighbours will be able to keep an eye out for your pet and help you find them. Notifying your neighbours is crucial. A lost poster will also help any passers-by get in contact with you if they see your animal.

If you have lost a cat, it might have gotten stuck in a garden shed, garage or cellar, so don’t hesitate to ask your neighbours to check for your pet on their properties.

How to make an efficient lost poster?

A lost poster should be short, effective and informative. It should be read quickly by pedestrians and motorists and placed in a high traffic area. The information should be short and clear, with bold letters to be read from far away.

A readable font with bold letters on a white A4 paper is ideal. Do not hesitate to use colours like red that will make your information stand out. Avoid coloured backgrounds as it requires a lot of ink and risk making your poster hard to read.

What to write on a lost poster

An effective lost poster should contain:

  • A clear picture of your pet. The picture must be well-lit and not blurry.
  • Their sex. If your neighbours rescue an animal that looks like the one you have lost, having this information will make it easier to identify your pet.
  • Your pet’s breed or any info regarding its appearance: if it has spots, the length of its coat, its eye colour, …
  • If your pet is microchipped. However, do not give away their identification number as a dishonest person could use it to take your animal.
  • Your contact information. Write down your phone number as well as your email address.
  • Your pet’s last known location.

We do not recommend indicating your pet’s name, as someone with bad intentions can try to lure your cat or dog by calling their name.

Where to place your posters

You should place your posters in strategic and high traffic areas such as:

  • Noticeboards: you can ask your local bakery, butcher, supermarket, and other stores to hang a lost poster on their noticeboard.
  • Bus stops and train stations: many people walk through these places, putting up a lost poster in these areas will get their attention.
  • Electrical posts and enclosures: as long as they are visible, they can be used to hang your posters.

You should also place posters in your neighbourhood as lost animals tend to roam around there. Don’t forget to take down these posters once you have found your pet.

Publishing a PDF file of your poster on Facebook is also an option, which will help you reach a wider audience.

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Handing out flyers

Another way to let people know about your missing pet is by handing out flyers. You can print out A5 flyers (two flyers on one A4 paper) which is the ideal size for letterboxes. You should use the same important information on the flyers like the ones on the posters.

Losing a beloved animal can be stressful. Your head is all over the place which might lead to missing some important information that you should write. If you can, try being proactive by creating a found poster before you lose your animal. In this way, you will have a clear mind and write all your pet’s most important information.