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Can you call a police non-emergency line for a lost pet?

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Calling a police nonemergency number for a lost pet is an option in localities where there is no animal shelter, says The Humane Society. If the owner believes the pet has been stolen, the police should always be contacted.

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When a pet becomes lost in a locality that has an animal shelter, the shelter should be contacted, says The Humane Society. It recommends sending a lost-pet report to every shelter within 60 miles of the home and making daily visits to the closest shelters. Owners should supply the shelters, or the police department, with a description and a recent picture of the pet. Owners should also travel through their neighborhoods every day, spreading the word of the lost pet with neighbors and letter carriers.

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