Your dear, sweet pooch has gotten lost while you're away from home. Now what? First, review our Emergency page for a checklist of things to do and resources to help you get them done. One of the items on the list is a partially prepared lost dog poster. Why "partially?" This will make sense in just a bit.
First, there are many styles of posters you can use, but the best follow a very simple rule that comes from billboard design. Big, Brief, and Bold. The idea with billboards is that somebody going past at a rapid speed needs to get the message via a big image, with brief text, and from a bold typeface that is easily readable.
So, with that in mind, which lost dog poster do you think catches the attention better?
Here's what you absolutely should include for information:
Any other information can be included but can really clutter up your poster. Try to keep it as simple and straight to the point as possible.
Now, back to why this is "partially" prepared. You won't be able to fill out the last seen location and date unless and until this does happen. And if it does, and you are far from home, you will not have a clear enough head to think about pulling together something helpful such as a lost dog poster. However, if this unthinkable scenario does occur, whip out the premade poster, fill in those two lines, and get the poster in the hands of the police or dog search and rescue team that you called so they can get the search underway.
Every minute that you saved by having that poster ready puts you that much closer to getting your dog back quickly.