Information on what to do should your havanese ever become lost or you know of one that has:
Please go to www.havaneserescue.com
, go to Amos Alert Section and then go to Steps to Take if your Havanese is Missing.
I have just included a small section of it here to give some ideas...please go to the website for complete information. It is good to know these things and might help them find Mirabel too.
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Steps to Take if Your Havanese is Missing
• Search for your pet, in your home/neighborhood, immediately
o Don’t forget to search odd areas of your home and yard. Small dogs can hide in some pretty
strange places, especially if frightened.
o Give your contact number to everyone you see while walking your neighborhood.
o Call your pet’s name often while walking around but don’t forget to stop and listen often. You
may hear the dog before you see it.
o The first hour or so is critical, but if you don’t find your dog immediately –
• Don’t panic — Get organized
o If you haven’t done it in advance, complete the Havanese Profile form. (Forms are located at
the end of this document.) You will need to provide this information to family, friends,
neighbors, police, etc., anyway while conducting your search. Getting it done NOW can only
help. Complete the bottom of the form also.
o Make a poster. Include a recent photo if possible. The last page in this document is a sample
poster. You may simply copy the format, or, if needed, you can fill it out (use a marker),
attach your photo and have a ready to use poster.
o Decide if you can offer a reward and include that on your poster. Do not state the amount of
the reward. Specify if the reward will be given for a “safe” return only, or for ANY return. An
exception to not listing the amount is if your dog is lost in a dangerous neighborhood where
there is dog fighting, it can be to your dog’s advantage to list the reward amount if it is large.
o Change your phone message to thank the person for calling about your missing dog. Ask them
to please tell them what time they saw your dog AND what location, including street number
or intersection as well as what direction the dog was headed at the time.
o Go DOOR TO DOOR in the neighborhood where your dog was lost. Leave a poster with your
number at EVERY location. Do not put in mailboxes. That is illegal. Sticking them in the door
is an acceptable alternative.
o Get a map of the area in which your dog was lost. (The front of a phone book often has a
sufficient map for this task. Just enlarge it on a copier.) Keep track of areas in which you’ve
left flyers. Mark every sighting as well. The Sightings/Contact Report Form has a space for a
number which you can then mark on the map to correspond.
o Live trapping brings many lost dogs home. Despite what most people think, lost dogs are
frightened and they typically do NOT run up to their family when they see them. A live trap
(borrowed from an animal shelter or purchased from a feed or farm supply store) can bring
your dog home safely. More information about trapping can be found on our Amos Alert
• File report(s) immediately with your local law enforcement agencies
o Make sure they actually take a report. If they seem reluctant, don’t become angry, just be firm
• Other agencies or groups to contact
o Neighborhood Watch Groups in your area
Havanese Rescue Inc
Amos Alert Handbook