The weather is warmer and pets are spending more time outside, but what should you do if your pet gets out and doesn’t come back.
It can happen to the best of pet owners. The door doesn't latch or the kids leave the gate open and your best friend ends up out on their own. Here’s a little refresher course of tips to follow to bring him or her home again.
First check with the Nebraska Humane Society at 8929 Fort Street in Omaha, which provides pound service for Omaha and Sarpy County. If someone picks up your pet along a highway they could end up in Council Bluffs, so check there as well. NHS stray kennels open every day at noon and stay open until 7 p.m. weekdays, 5 p.m. on weekends.
While you can fill out a lost report online, you would need to come to the shelter in person to look through the kennels. You know best which pet is yours and from a description a lot of animals look alike. Be prepared to give a detailed description of your pet. If you have a photo, bring it with you. After you fill out a lost pet report you can tour every kennel in the building.
If you don't find your pet you can keep updated on stray animals on the Humane Society website, nehumanesociety.org. Go to "Lost Pets" and click the icon labeled "I've lost a pet" and then click to search. The website updates several times daily with pets who've been brought in stray.
You need to check back in person every three days because strays found in Omaha are held for three days before they become property of the Nebraska Humane Society. While the NHS tries its best to match lost reports with animals found, they don't know your pet as well as you do and you are the only one who can truly identify him or her.
If your dog comes in with tags or a registered microchip, the NHS will call you. It's a much more immediate and simple process. And don't forget an ID tag with the pets name and your phone number. That will help good Samaritans get your dog back to you without having to get the NHS involved.
You can also search your neighborhood, put up posters, show your pet's picture around and post information on social media.