Making signs for lost dogs
How to Make an Effective Missing Pet Poster
If your pet goes missing, you should try to find it as quickly as possible. To let people know your pet is lost, and to get the help of your neighbors and community, it is a good idea to make a missing pet poster. A good missing pet poster includes some specific information about you and your pet, as well as a straightforward format that presents the information clearly. If your pet is missing, start making your missing pet poster right away!
Formatting Your Own Missing Pet Poster
Choose to use a computer or create your poster by hand on paper.An electronic poster is easier to copy and distribute on the internet. On the other hand, a simple paper poster may be easier to make, especially if you don't have access to a computer.
- Using a computer to help make and print out your initial copy will also help you check your spelling and grammar easily. There are even websites that specialize in allowing you to make missing pet posters quickly and easily.
Decide on the font and format you will use.Make sure both the font and format are simple and clear. Resist the urge to make a couple different styles of posters, as you want one style that is distinctive and will stay in people's minds.
- Stick to bold lettering and clear fonts. Don't use a font that has lots of flourishes, as this can be hard to read from a distance.
- If you can't figure out how to format your poster, you can use a template to make it. There are many websites online that supply templates for lost pet posters.
Pick contrasting background and lettering colors.If you choose white paper then use very dark font coloring to draw attention. While colored paper may attract more attention, it can also make your information harder to read or distort the colors on the photo of your pet.
- Consider printing a colored border around the poster instead of printing on colored paper. This will make your poster easier to read.
- If you must print on colored paper, avoid using dark colored paper that will make black text hard to see and will make your pet's picture unclear.
Decide whether you want to put tabs with your phone number on them at the bottom of your poster.This will allow someone without a piece of paper or a phone on them to get your number easily. If you want to add these tabs you will need to take them into consideration when you are working on the layout of space on your poster.
- Once you've made copies, you will need to cut in between the numbers, so that people can just rip one off easily. This will add just a little bit of time to the time it takes you to make the posters.
Creating Your Own Missing Pet Poster
Find a picture of your pet.A color photo is best, but black and white will work just fine. Be sure that the photo is clear and that it shows any defining physical characteristics of your pet, for instance distinctive patterning on its fur.
Place a large header on the page.It should be at least a couple inches high and state clearly what it lost. For example, if you lost your cat it should say "Lost Cat." The goal should be to have a clear and readable header that can easily be seen from a distance.
- Remember that presentation is important. People can walk right past a boring sign. Make sure you have a bold heading to catch their attention.
Place your pet's photo right under the header.It should be the size of a normal photo, around 5 x 7. If you are making a handmade sign, you can simply paste the photo in place. If you are making a poster on your computer, you will need to scan your photo or use one that you already have in electronic form.
Include important information about your pet.Go straight to the details. People usually don't feel like reading a long paragraph, so making bullet points can work effectively. Include your pet's sex, age, coat length, color, and any collar or tags.
- If it is microchipped, mention that as well, but don't put down the microchip number on your poster.
- If you know the area (with cross streets) that your pet was last seen in, mention that. Any information can help!
Make sure your contact information is clear and to the point.Include your first name and your phone number on the poster.Place it centered near the bottom of your poster in a larger font than the description of your pet. This will allow the average reader to scan the poster quickly and find it.
- If you are afraid to put your phone number on a public poster, you can get a prepaid phone for about and use that number. That way, you can dispose of the number once you are done.
Specify that you will give a reward, if you will give one, but don't give an amount.If you want to offer a reward, do so, but do NOT mention the dollar amount. Many times thieves will take a purebred dog or cat and hope for a large reward to be offered.
- Don't tip your hand, if you get proof someone has your pet, then it's time to negotiate.
Include a personal plea for help in finding your pet.This is a personal touch that might encourage someone to take action. It doesn't have to be long. It can just simply say "please help us find our beloved dog," or something like that.
Take your poster to a printer or copy center if you want color copies.Otherwise, you can probably make copies on a home printer. You will want to distribute your poster widely, so make sure to get enough copies made.
Posting Your Missing Pet Poster
Talk to your neighbors and give them a copy of the poster.Make sure they know your pet's name and what it looks like. Some missing pets have a tendency to stay close to home, so your neighbors may be your best help if finding your missing loved one.
Put up your posters in a 6-10 block radius around your neighborhood.Make sure to put some up at local stores, which usually have spots where you can do that. However, be sure to ask before you post your poster. Consider placing your posters at coffee shops, libraries, grocery stores, and high traffic streets.
Post your poster online.Use social media and email to get the word out that your pet is missing.You can either scan your handmade poster so that it can be posted electronically or you can simply use the electronic file if you made your poster on a computer.
Be prepared for some unhelpful calls.When you put your phone number out in public, you are bound to get some funny calls. Just be polite and gracious with people calling in tips. If the caller doesn't have any pertinent info on your pet but doesn't want to end the call, just graciously say goodbye and hang up. While you will get some worthless calls, the next call could always be about your lost pet!
- Don't let your kids answer the phone for awhile but don't avoid answering the phone yourself. Kids may not understand the difference between a call that could lead to finding your pet and a call that is just a waste of time.
Make sure you remove the posters once your pet is found.You can, if you like, leave one or two up, and put the word 'FOUND' on them in big letters. This will let neighbors know that your pet has been found. After all, everyone likes a happy ending! However, take the posters down after a week or so, before they get destroyed by weather and become litter.
QuestionHow do I make a missing poster and put it on the internet?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUse Google Docs. Put a picture of your pet on the document, then put the information on the document.Thanks!
QuestionHow do you make the tabs at the bottom on the computer?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWithout knowing what program you are using to make the poster, it is hard to give specific help. Try using Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, which allow you to write in 'text boxes' and then rotate them (so that the box is read vertically rather than horizontally). Then all you have to do is print and cut them into tabs by hand.Thanks!
QuestionOur cat's been missing for half a year and we weren't sure of it's gender, as it was just a kitten when it disappeared. It didn't have a tag or collar or anything. What do I put on the poster?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPut a description or picture of what it looks like along with your number, so if people see the cat, they can return it. If you know the breed of the cat, you can look it up and estimate how big it'd be and how it looks.Thanks!
QuestionWe found a gray kitten, what should we do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf it does not have any tags, it can be hard to find an owner. Consider putting out flyers. Remember, someone could be missing their little gray kitty.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I don't have a picture of my cat?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can just describe the cat. It helps to have a photo, but it's not necessary.Thanks!
- While it's a good thing to let your kids help, you should do the lettering yourself so that it's clear. Let them help pick out the photo or the background color if you want them involved.
- If you are using a tablet or phone to make this Poster, a great app to use would be "Pages". This app has designed pages for different subjects. It has a setting for a lost pet Poster, as one to have a poster with tabs at the bottom. This will make it a lot easier with the format of your Poster.
- Don't let anyone come into your house to return your pet unless you have someone else with you. Be cautious when dealing with strangers but also be thankful and gracious if they have returned your pet. If you want to be very cautious, meet your "hero" at a local police precinct, or a public place such as a mall.
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