Knock on doors in your street/neighbourhood and tell them about the animal you're looking for (give them a flyer as well). Ask them to check their garden sheds and garages or anywhere else that your pet may have decided to hide
Make a flyer with a clear picture and description. Distribute it locally via notice boards, mailboxes, neighbours, community centres etc.
Call all local vet clinics and drop in to see them with a flyer - many of them have lost and found boards
Embrace the power of social media to spread the word. There are plenty of lost and found pages on Facebook that can be used. Ask your friends to share your posts as well, this will get them seen by the maximum number of people.
We list every incoming stray animal on www.petsonthenet.co.nz. Check the 'found' listings and create a 'lost' listing at This is a national database and the key website we recommend everyone checks the 'found' listings and creates a 'lost' listing of their own.
If you've recently moved house then your pet might have tried to find their way 'home'. Talk to the new occupants and your old neighbours, give them a flyer and ask them to check garden sheds, garages etc.
Go out around your neighbourhood at night, when it's quiet, and call your animal. Shaking biscuits or treats can help as well.
Look on the Trade Me Lost & Found section to see if anyone is advertising that they have found your pet.
It's important to keep trying to look for your lost pet. Animals (especially cats) can often go missing for a number of days or even weeks before they show up again out of the blue.