If you think your pet has been stolen, write “STOLEN” on the poster. If you offer a reward for the safe return of your pet, print “REWARD” on the poster. However, do not give money to anyone who claims to have your pet until your pet is safely returned to you.
In order to avoid con-artists, do not include details on the poster of one or two of your pet’s identifying marks. For example, your pet may have a black spot on the tongue, a chipped tooth, or a unique pattern on the inside of the right front leg. When someone calls to say that he or she has found your pet, ask for a detailed description of the area of your pet that only you, close family members and the caller know about. Also, if your pet has a tattoo, ask the caller to provide the number and/or letters of the tattoo. If the caller identifies your pet accurately, arrange to meet in a public place as soon as possible.