Tips on Finding Lost Pets
Wagging Tales owner's most popular service is locating lost pets, mostly dogs and cats.
Have you ever lost a pet? Panic sets in and emotions run high. What to do? First, get calm. Then, take immediate action and follow the tips from lost animal expert Tim Link of Wagging Tales in Cumming. As a full-time animal expert, Tim has worked with thousands of domesticated animals and their human companions, and he has quickly become the foremost expert in finding missing animals. Tim’s most popular service is finding lost pets -- mostly beloved cats and dogs.
The difficult process of finding a lost pet is everyone’s worst nightmare. It’s the most time-consuming and challenging service Link performs. Nevertheless, he puts any worries about the task aside.
“When I’m on a lost-animal case, I have to deal with the feelings of both the animal and its human companion,” said Link. “As you can imagine, the humans can be distraught and fearful about what may have happened to their animal and if they will ever see them again. I reassure the humans that I will do my best, provide information about steps they should take, and indicate how the animal is doing emotionally and physically.”
It’s this attention to detail that prompts others to regularly refer lost animal cases to Link.
In addition to contacting Link as soon as possible for assistance, there are many tasks that human companions can do to increase their chances of being reunited with a lost or missing pet, including:
- Visit local shelters daily to see if your pet is among those at the shelters. Unfortunately, some shelters have a very short time frame that they can house animals, so it is important to take the time to do this. In addition, the shelters often use volunteers to work in the facilities. These volunteers change on a daily basis. So, who you spoke to yesterday may not be there today.
- Canvass a three-block radius around your pet’s home. Often, most animals will stay within a few blocks of their home when they first leave. Unless you actually see your pet, please do not call for your furry friend while searching your neighborhood. If it does happen to hear your calls, it’s possible that, by the time it gets to where it heard your call, you will be gone. Instead, either call for your pet from the front yard or backyard of your home or, if you do look by car, look silently.
- Distribute missing-animal fliers to everyone around your pet’s neighborhood (homeowners’ association board members, neighborhood watch teams, delivery truck drivers, postal drivers, school bus drivers, neighbors, veterinarians, groomers, pet sitters, etc.) so they can keep an eye out for the lost animal; if signs are posted in the neighborhood, they should be laminated so they hold up in bad weather. The sign should read “REWARD” at the top; have a recent color picture of the animal in the center and the mobile phone number to contact at the bottom. It is very important not to list any other details, as it can cause confusion.
Visit the Lost Pet Tips Web site for additional important tips that apply in various circumstances.
The polar opposite of actor Jim Carrey’s portrayal of a pet detective in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Link locates missing animals using map-dowsing techniques in combination with animal communication. Dowsing has existed in various forms for thousands of years. In modern times, dowsing has been used to detect water for wells, mineral deposits and archaeological artifacts hidden in the Earth. Using a map, this same practice can be utilized to determine the general location of the lost animal. Link uses the name and photo of the animal, the home address and the address where the lost animal was last seen to facilitate the map dowsing process.
Thanks to technology, Link is able to provide his services worldwide — virtually.
“I have worked with clients from as far away as Australia, Europe, Hong Kong, Mexico, Canada, and India, as well as throughout the United States,” he said. “Ironically, I’m allergic to cats! Clearly, not having to be physically present with all the animals I help is, literally, a breath of fresh air.”
About Wagging Tales
Tim Link is president and CEO of Link’s Wagging Tales Inc. (Wagging Tales for short). The consulting practice helps pet owners build stronger relationships with their pets through communication with the animals. Link has the ability to communicate telepathically with all species of animals (amphibians, birds, fish, insects, mammals, reptiles, etc.) and, to date, has helped thousands of pet owners worldwide and looks forward to helping many more. A percentage of his earnings are always donated to animal-focused charities in need. Tim and his wife, Kim, live in Cumming with their many pets. He has been featured nationally and internationally in numerous articles and television and radio programs. He is also the author of Wagging Tales: Every Animal Has a Tale and current radio host of Pet Life Radio’s Animal Writes show. Visit the Web site for more information.