Cats and dogs can get into some mighty strange places.
First, search your own property thoroughly, then adjoining properties. Walk the neighborhood, talk to everybody, and leave your phone number. Try getting all the neighborhood children involved. Kids are great at finding lost pets. Make some noise while you walk around the neighborhood. Animals can hear you from great distances
Bring a powerful flashlight even during the day for checking in dark spaces. A frightened or injured cat or dog will hide in dark spaces and will not come to you. Place strong-scented articles outside your home to attract your pet. Animals find their way by scent as well as sound.
Call local vet offices during the day
Find out if your pet was injured and taken to any of these offices or clinics for treatment. Visit your local Animal Control, Humane Societies, and Animal Shelters. You must actually visit the animal control and humane shelters every day or two. Ask Animal Control, Humane Societies, and shelters about pet rescue organizations in your area. Call the rescue groups regularly to see if they have your pet.
Find out if your pet has been killed on the road. This is a very sad but necessary task. Otherwise you may never know what happened to your pet and it could haunt you for years.
Flyers or posters produce more “finds” than anything else.
It is extremely important to post many flyers about your lost pet within a 1-mile radius of where it was lost. It is very important to always withhold several identifying marks and characteristics of your lost pet. You may need to use these later to verify that a person has actually found your pet and is not trying to scam you.