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3. Creating a Poster

Suggested Poster Design Guidelines

Do not be afraid to raise posters! Posters have brought attention to lost cats roaming the streets, that would otherwise have been dismissed as local pets. People want to help animals, if they can.

Having chosen a photograph (or several) to identify your missing cat to strangers at a glance, position your image(s) in the upper portion of an A4 page. If necesary enlarge the picture & crop it so that your cat fills as much space as possible so he/she can be better identified. (if you can't do this via a computor, libraries will have colour photocopy machines that can enlarge)

1, Preferably write something like "LOST" instead of "Missing" across the top in red to catch attention. Include a sub heading in bold with the date your cat went missing & note the area.

("Lost" suggests the most likely probability - that your cat has lost its way & needs help)

(red or green - will always be seen)

2, Beneath the image, list identification details and anything that may quickly distinguish your cat from others.

3, You could add personal appeals (in coloured writing if you want it to stand out) beneath this eg...

"Please would you check gardens & sheds in case he/she is trapped"

"*name* is shy/on a medical diet/desperately missed/lost and scared"

4, Include a phone number for people to call

(It is up to you wether you offer a reward, but do not state what you will offer)

5, Produce plenty of copies, more than you think you may need (colour photocopies or prints are best)

It is important to make a little extra effort at this point...

6, slide your posters into plastic sleeves.

• Attach lengths of (wide) parcel tape along each edge of your sleeves (leaving most of the sticky side exposed).

• Fold the tape back on itself & around the edges of the sleeves then press together.

• This should seal the edges of your sleeves (which can have small perferations) & provide you with a complete watertight border of tape to firmly secure your posters with.

• Staple through the folded tape, avoiding the plastic envelope, so as not to break the water seal when attaching to trees etc. For lamp posts etc, use the parcel tape to attach the poster.

It can be absolutely heartbreaking to come across posters which have been destroyed by moisture. Take these precautions & give your cat much better chances.

7, Think about where you will raise posters first & plan a route on a map, then walk along that route raising posters strategically as you go.

Mark the locations on a map as you go...

...this is important for your own memory. It is surprisingly easy to forget what has been done in stressful times. Your search may continue for an unknown period of time, updates may be necessary or a widening of the search area, so you would need to know exactly where your posters are for relocation.

Suggested sites...

By post boxes, phone boxes, bus stops, traffic lights, in shop/pub windows (upon request), outside schools at collection points or anywhere else people stop/gather.

If you ever come across posters which have clearly been torn down, it is just children who do not understand what they are doing - Stay strong and simply replace them.
Don't listen if people tell you things like "They always come back!", "Aren't they ungrateful!" or "whats the big deal, it's just a cat!". They have no idea.
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The information on this website comes with years of experience from cat rescue centres, & an oxford diploma in felinology (with distinction)

The information on this website comes with years of experience from cat rescue centres, & an oxford diploma in felinology (with distinction)

Collect your cats details & a photo to best identify them at a glance

Collect your cats details & a photo to best identify them at a glance

Please consider informing people when your cat is found, to encourage others & combat sensational rumours

Please consider informing people when your cat is found, to encourage others & combat sensational rumours

Updating posters as weeks pass or even months is a good idea. Let people know that you haven't simply left them up.

Updating posters as weeks pass or even months is a good idea. Let people know that you haven't simply left them up.

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