Lost & Found
Firstly, do not wait to see if your pet turns up, act immediately, here are some guidelines if they do go missing.
What to do when you lose your pet
You are required by law to notify the loss of a dog to the police. Contact all police stations in your area and register the dog as missing. The police are busy and dogs are a low priority - the onus is on you to check with the police, not them to inform you, so do check with them daily. You can report missing cats to the police but they may not be interested as the cat is not a licensed animal.
Contact the RSPCA Emergency number as well as ourselves as an RSPCA Inspector or Ambulance may have picked up your pet. Contact other local animal welfare organisations and register the missing pet with them. Check with them frequently, they do not mind and dealing with dozens of animals daily can be confusing and some can be overlooked.
Contact local vets to see if your pet has been taken in following an accident. A local vet can often be the first port-of-call for a member of the public that finds your pet.
Contact your Civic Offices for :
- The Dog Warden (if there is one) to check if your dog has been picked up.
- The Technical Services Department at your local council to see if an accident has been notified on the highway. Check roadsides and low scrubland in the area. Injured animals will often lie low but may respond to an owner’s voice.
Advertise widely. Give an accurate description of your pet, a description of its last know movements, its favourite habitats and offer a reward to the finder or for information. It is a good idea not to specify an amount as that can be negotiated to fit the information provided. Cats especially can travel far, especially if they enter a vehicle. If you've lost a cat after recently moving to a new area put some used cat litter outside your entrance or in your garden to act as a scent marker.
Tell the milkman, postman, paperboy, local children, window cleaner, nursing homes and sheltered accommodations - anyone likely to see your pet on its travels.
Get out there and cover some ground. Calling in local areas the pet may be familiar with, such as local shops, the park, the beach etc. Patrol streets in your car but do check obvious places on foot. Don't be shy - call the pet's name - they usually respond to an owner more readily than anyone else.
Don't give up! We shelter a number of stray dogs and a lot of stray cats, missing animals do normally turn up somewhere.