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Scooter and Cash are Gone! HELP!!!!!!!!!!

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I'm literally crying when I type this, Scooter and Cash was stolen today...was put in the backyard to use the bathroom and now they are gone. I have been up and down the street knocking on doors, I'm literally having a panic attack and can hardly breathe, I don't know what to do! I want my babies!
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OMG MM!!!! Big hugs!!! I'm so sorry.... I wish I were there to help you look for your babies. Take a deep breath, get yourself together... Start making signs, call the SPCA, get a search party together and start knocking on doors. Call the cops!!! And get your shotguns to hunt these mother ****ers down!!!!!

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MM...I would also call the vet and let them know you are missing your boys. If someone brings them in, they will know to contact you. Ask them how you can put an alert to other vets in the area. They may have resources to help you that they don't advertise. Email lists, vet schools, ect.

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I hope you find them soon. I'd be in such a panic I don't even want to think about it. I got some tips from Yorkie talk forum. Maybe there are some things you can do from the list. Could also be something in our FAQ


How To Find A Lost Dog

First, search your property thoroughly. Small dogs can get into some mighty strange places.

The point is, look in EVERY nook and cranny.

Look behind, under, and inside washing machines, clothes dryers, stoves, refrigerators, and dish washers. Look behind water heaters, in boxes, under furniture, under beds, in closets, in cabinets, in shelves and bookcases, in drain pipes, in sewer drains, in culvert pipes, under vehicles, in crawl spaces under the house, inside sheds and barns, etc. In the case of cats, also look in attic crawl spaces, on the roof, in roof gutters, and up in the trees.

Walk the neighborhood, talk to everybody, and leave your phone number.

Go to each house in the area where your pet was lost and talk to the residents. Write down a description of your lost pet and your phone number and leave it with them. Leave it attached to their door if they are not home.

Talk to everybody you run across. This includes the postman, paperboy, children, parents waiting at the school bus stop, school crossing guards, neighborhood crime watch groups, garbage pick-up crews, etc. Give them a written description of your pet and your phone number as well.

Try to get all the neighborhood children involved. Kids are great at finding lost pets!

Ask everybody if they saw or heard anything unusual in the neighborhood and carefully write down everything they tell you. This could include strange vehicles, work crews, people, or activities. Get detailed descriptions of everything.

Don't travel alone. Take a friend or family member with you.

Don't write down your name or address. Because of scam artists and other criminals in our society, it is never a good idea to publicize this information.

Offer a reward, but don't state the amount.

Make some noise while you walk around the neighborhood! Animals can hear you from great distances.

Have all your family members call the pet's name.

If your pet has a favorite "squeaky toy" bring it along and use it to help you make familiar noises.

Use an "Acme Dog Whistle" to get your pet's attention. The high-pitched sound from these whistles can carry up to a mile or more. Cats are attracted to this sound as well as dogs. (Note: this whistle is the "silent" ultrasonic type, but has a simple adjustment that lowers the tone into the human audible range. Use this audible tone when searching for your pet because the sound will carry farther)

Carry a box of your pet's favorite biscuits, chews, or other treats and rattle it loudly while calling your pet's name.

Make any other noise that your pet is familiar with.

It's also important to stop regularly, be quiet, and listen for your pet to make a noise in reply.

The neighbors will think you're crazy, but hey, this is your pet's life we're talking about here!

Bring a powerful flashlight (even during daylight hours) for checking in dark spaces.

A frightened or injured cat will hide in dark spaces and will not come to you. An injured dog will also hide in dark places.

Use your flashlight for checking under houses and other dark spots. Also check storage sheds, garages, dumpsters, trash cans, and under cars.

Place strong-scented articles outside your home to attract your pet. Animals find their way by scent as well as sound.

Place some of your dirty clothes outdoors. Sweaty gym socks and jogging suits are great for this!

Place a dogs bedding and favorite toys outside.

Put out some smelly food such as tuna, sardines, or warm, freshly cooked chicken, liver, or other savory meat. Be sure to protect the food if you can, so that other animals don't eat it!

Call local veterinarian offices during the day. After 5 PM, call veterinarian emergency clinics.

Find out if your pet was injured and taken to any of these offices or clinics for treatment.

If an office has taken in or treated any animal that even remotely resembles your pet, VISIT THE OFFICE IN PERSON. Your description of your pet and their description of the same pet rarely match. YOU MUST GO SEE FOR YOURSELF!

Also ask them for the phone numbers of local rescue organizations. They generally keep a list and may even work with them.

Call each of the rescue organizations and ask for their help and find out if they have your pet. These groups generally network with each other and will pass the word about your case.

VISIT your local Animal Control, humane societies, and animal shelters, including the ones in surrounding areas.

You must actually visit the animal control and humane shelters every day or two. It works well if several family members can take turns visiting the shelters.

Your description of your pet and their description rarely match. YOU MUST GO LOOK! Be sure to check all areas of the shelter, including the infirmary. Also be aware that dogs may be housed in the cat section and vice-versa.

Leave a picture of your pet and your phone number at each shelter. Befriend them.

Find out the holding period of each animal control and humane shelter. Be aware of how much time you have to claim your pet before it is euthanized!

Government Animal Control agencies usually keep an animal for only 3 days and then they either adopt it out or kill it. You only get one chance at this. Be there!

Ask Animal Control, humane societies, and shelters about pet rescue organizations in your area.

Usually there are smaller pet rescue groups that work with the local humane shelter. They often take pets from the shelter to save them from euthanasia and adopt them out to new homes.

Call the rescue groups regularly to see if they have your pet.

Find out if your pet has been killed on the road.

This is a very sad but necessary task. Otherwise, you may never know what happened to your pet and it could haunt you for years.

The road crews for your local and state department of transportation (DOT) usually pick up dead animals from the roadside and city streets. In some cases Animal Control does this as well. You have to call around and find out which agencies do this service in your area. Be sure to find them all!

Dogs are usually picked up within 24 hours, but cats often are not.

Call the city, county, and state road crews, DOT, and Animal Control EVERY DAY to see if they have found your pet's body.

Make arrangements to visit their offices so you can speak with them face to face. Befriend them and leave a photo of your pet so the road crews can be on the lookout for it.

If any of them do not cooperate with your efforts, contact City Hall as a last resort and complain. This usually gets a response. But remember, you will get better results with courteous personal visits.

If your pet is wearing an ID tag, the DOT and/or Animal Control agencies should contact you if they find your pet dead along the road. But don't count on it. You must put forth the effort to find out for yourself!

Sadly, this section has a higher "find" rate than anything else except posted flyers.

It is extremely important to post MANY flyers about your lost pet within a 1-mile radius of where it was lost.

Overall, flyers or posters produce more "finds" than anything else. But don't neglect the rest of the tips!

Your budget will determine how many flyers you can afford to post, but the more the better.


If possible, it is best to place a color photo of your pet on each flyer.

Use 8-1/2" X 11" fluorescent paper for high visibility.

List the date and place your pet was lost, breed of dog or cat, sex, age, weight, color, markings, and your telephone number. Offer a reward, but don't state the amount.

It is very important to always withhold several identifying marks and characteristics of your lost pet. You may need to use these later to verify that a person has actually found your pet and is not trying to scam you. More on this later.

Post the flyers at waist level on telephone poles and at eye level in such places as veterinary offices, pet shops, barber & beauty shops, grocery stores, community bulletin boards, churches, pizza parlors, laundromats, convenience stores, near schools, and on school bulletin boards.

Examine your posted flyers frequently and replace the ones that are missing or damaged.

Place an Ad in your local newspaper. Some will do this for free.

Be sure to advertise in the Sunday edition as well as during the week.

Also place an ad in any "Penny Saver" type of publications you might have in your area.

Check the newspaper "found" ads every day.

Most newspapers provide free ads to people who have found lost pets.

Also check regularly in any other local publications.

Don't ever give up! Pets have been known to find their way back home after being lost for several months. Good luck!

Don't wander around looking for your pet alone, either during the day or at night. Always bring a friend or relative. This is especially important in unfamiliar neighborhoods.

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I am so terribly sorry and am completely shocked something like that happened. If the babies haven't been found, here's a link to a site that helps find missing/stolen pets. It's called Finding Fido. Here's the link:


I am sending positive vibes and prayers for their safe return home. Please update when you can.

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Did you check the fence line to see if there is any place they could have escaped from? I am sure you would feel easier know they got out over being stolen. Atleast you have a much higher chance of finding them if they just got out of the fence on their own. Good Luck.

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My babies have not been found yet. I have called the police with descriptions, called the vet,posted up fliers,knocked on neighbors doors, went to the pound, and going to put an ad in the paper. I am just praying they are safe and together with an honest person that will give my babies back.

I am seriously A WRECK and have been crying uncontrollably with the fact I may never see them again and some sorry byb picked them up....OMG!!
Right now I cannot think positive with so many sorry b******s in the world.

BTW, I don't know about Cash but Scooter would not of left home, he has escaped out the door before and just sat in the front porch or lawn and not moved until someone found him.

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I just read the news and hope you are able to find them or someone comes forward. That is aweful that someone would steal a pet. Its so sad but happens often so I wouldn't be surprised.

I just hope you find them soon.

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Mercymoon, I am so sorry to hear about your babies. I hope and pray you find them soon.

But I want to ask you, is the part of the yard they were in visible to the road? How close are your neighbors from you? If you can't see them from the road, it is likely, if they were stolen, that someone that knows you had them or knows when you take them out side could have taken them. If this is the case, I would walk around the neighborhood call out their names and see if you can hear dog barking. I hope you find them soon. Please keep us updated on what happens.

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That's so horrible! It's so sad that you can't leave your dogs unattended for a few minutes in your yard without something happening to them. All the advice everyone has given you is wonderful, and please keep us updated.

I sincerely hope you find them!

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MM It's possible someone has found them and are waiting for their vet to be open tomorrow to take them in. Hopefully, you will get word tomorrow. Keep your hopes up. You will get them home.
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