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Posted on: July 11, 2018
[ARCHIVED] Tips for Reuniting with Your Lost Pet
Date Issued: July 11, 2018
Losing your dog or cat can be a traumatic experience for both you and your pet. The Village of Westmont Police Department is here to help when your loved one goes astray. The Department has helped reunite countless pets with their owners in the community, but they need your help. Below are steps you should take to help you reunite with your pet.
- Contact the Westmont Police Department on the non-emergency dispatch number at 630-981-6300 immediately when your pet goes missing to provide information regarding the animal including the date lost, location, breed, color, pet name and microchip number if applicable.
Westmont transports all loose or stray domestic animals to Hinsdale Humane Society, 22 N. Elm Street, 630-323-5630, hinsdalehumanesociety.org. If the Westmont Police Department has found and collected your lost pet, you must do the following to redeem your animal:
- Pay a pet release fee of $30 to the Westmont Police Department, 500 N. Cass Avenue, which shall be in addition to any fine or other penalty provided under Village ordinance and in addition to any costs of the Hinsdale Humane Society.
- Present proof of ownership and valid rabies vaccination. If the pet is not current with rabies vaccination, which is required by DuPage County ordinance, Hinsdale Humane Society will arrange to have this done at the owner's expense.
- Submit a lost pet report to missing pet websites (lostdogsillinois.org, helpinglostpets.com, fidofinder.com) and post information on your local nextdoor.com. Include a photo. These websites also give useful information on what steps to take if your pet does get loose or is missing. Use social media outlets to post pet information so that others can keep their eyes open in surrounding towns to help locate your pet.
Remember, a pet—even an indoor pet—has a better chance of being returned if he/she always wears a collar and an ID tag with your name, address and telephone number. Ask your local animal shelter or veterinarian about permanent methods of identification (such as microchips).
For more resources on finding your lost pet, visit DuPage County Animal Services at dupageco.org/AnimalServices.
For any additional information, please contact Rosanne Terry, weekdays 8:30 am to 7:00 pm., at email@example.com or 630-981-6378. Westmont Police Department promotes responsible pet ownership and animal care through education and enforcement.
Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont
- Contact your neighbors. Provide them with details about your pet including a photo. Many lost pets are found or seen within a 10-block radius of where they were lost.