By Angela Coltman
Action plan – Day 1
Edit: First check behind, under and in every conceivable place you could imagine your bunny might get to. Look in cupboards, under garden sheds, in drains, EVERYWHERE on your property. Bunny is possibly stuck somewhere.
Inform your neighbours. Neighbours are at home at different times of the day and may see your rabbit around their garden. Let them know that your pet is missing, and ask them to inform you as soon as possible if they see it. Go at least three houses in each direction. Let the kids know. Are there kids living in your street? Let them know you’re looking for your lost rabbit, kids make good detectives! Contact your local vets and shelters. Don’t assume your rabbit will be in your local area. Contact every vet and animal rescue in and beyond your area, letting them know that your pet is lost. Give them a clear description of your pet and your contact details. Leave a gate open. Your little pet may decide that it’s time to come home, so make sure you leave a gate open or give them a way to get back into a safe area. Use social media. Post the news of your lost rabbit to your friends and followers on Facebook, include a clear photo and the date, time, circumstances as to how it got lost and place it went missing. Ask them to share and spread the word for you – the more eyes on the lookout, the better.
Action plan – Day 2
Do a letterbox drop. Create a full-colour flyer asking ‘HAVE YOU SEEN THIS RABBIT?’ Feature a clear photo of your pet, the date and place it went missing, your first name and your mobile number. Drop a copy in all the neighbours’ letterboxes, covering a significant area around your property or where the bunny went missing. Create a ‘LOST RABBIT’ poster. Adapt your full-colour flyer into a poster, asking ‘HAVE YOU SEEN THIS RABBIT?’ Feature a clear photo of your pet, the date and place it went missing, your first name and your mobile number. Distribute your posters in person to local vets, shops and in public areas around your neighbourhood or where the bunny was last seen. Visit local vets and shelters. Sometimes, vets and shelters can get breed descriptions wrong, so the best way to check is to go there and look for yourself. Check the web to see if the vets and shelters in your area have a website with photos of the rabbits they have found. If they don’t have a website, drive down there and visit in person.
DON’T GIVE UP!
Keep posting on social media and checking local vets and shelters to find your little friend.