Poster Templates

Larger posters are much more noticeable than small posters.  If cars are going too fast, then drivers will not be able to read the posters.  Make sure to select posters that are large enough that they will be noticed in your area.  If you cannot afford large posters or if these are more likely to be taken down in your area, smaller posters CAN be effective if designed well and placed strategically.  Many people use a combination of large and small posters.

XL Posters (22″ x 28″ or larger)

Extra large florescent poster board posters are by far the most noticeable posters.  These are best where cars are driving more than 50 mph or for large multi-lane roads.  They still work well in neighborhoods, but may be taken down more quickly in less sign-tolerant areas.  

I don’t have templates for XL Posters since they don’t easily print off.  Check out these sites for instructions:

Large Poster (14″ x 22″)

Large (half-size poster board) posters are best where cars are driving less than 50 mph.  These posters consist of two sheets of paper in page protectors taped to a half-sheet of poster board.  These are one of my favorite size posters.  They cost less to make but take more time to put together then 11″ x 17″ posters.  Typical cost is $1.00 to $2.00 per poster.

Downloadable instructions for creating these posters: Creating Effective Lost Pet Posters v2.0

Poster Top Templates

Lost Cat Poster Top with Reward (Microsoft Word)

Lost Dog Poster Top – no reward (Microsoft Word)

Poster Bottom Template

Vertical Poster Bottom (Microsoft Word)

Ledger (11" x 17") Poster

Ledger (11" x 27") posters are best where cars are driving less than 40 mph.  If time rather than money is a concern, these are a good alternative to the 14" x 22" posters.  These can be printed and laminated at an office supply store such as Staples and will last many months in all weather conditions.   You can make them even more noticeable by attaching them to a half-sheet of florescent poster board.  Typical cost is $3.50 to $6.00 per poster.  

Large 11 x 17 Lost Dog Poster

Click HERE to download poster template

Small (8.5" x 11") Poster

Letter (8.5" x 11") posters are best where cars are driving less than 30 mph or (better yet) stopping.  These posters can either be laminated or placed in page protectors to keep them dry.  To make them more noticeable, use bright colors or attach the poster to a 1/4 piece of florescent poster board.  Typical cost is $0.50 to $2.50 per poster.

Click HERE to download poster template

See the Lost Pet Poster Instructions  or see the video below for instructions on how to edit the poster templates.

This video demonstrates how to remove the background from a photograph using Microsoft Paint, a free photo editing program.