Articles - When you've lost a pet
Kjall at DogBasics
of pets go missing every day. Some run off, escape from gardens
or run off after prey when you are out on a walk, but an alarming
number of pets are also stolen. Below are some tips on what you
can do to try and get your pet back.
Where to call when you've lost a pet
are a number of places to call if your pet has gone missing or
has been stolen. Make sure that you have important information
about your pet ready. Description of what he looks like, especially
if he has any distinctive marks. If he's micro
chipped, have his micro chip details nearby. Is he tagged?
What does the tag say? What is the colour of his collar? Does he
have any scars? Is he neutered? Where was he last seen?
are a few important numbers:
Police you'll find their number in the phone
book. Don't call 999! You can also try
local Dog Warden call the local council and
they'll patch you through or give you the number. You can find
your local council in the phone book or by visiting
Vet Practices you'll find their number in the
phone book or on
Dogs and Cats Home) 0901 477 8 477 or visit their web site
Green AS 08701
local Highways or your Local
Authority's Refuse Department (in case of a road
Councils Dog Wardens (your dog might not stick to
his own county, so it is worth trying areas around you)
Ask local postmen, milkmen,
street cleaners, bin men, and taxi drivers if they
have seen your dog or if they could keep an eye out for him/her.
Network Rail 08457
114 141 (if your dog has been hit by a train, they
Items that smell of home
your dog ran away, leave an item of clothing that smells of you
(so don't put something down that has just been washed, use an
old sweater you've been wearing or similar) at the spot where
you last saw him. If you were out on a walk that you drove to
by car, also put an item that smells of home by the spot where
your car was parked. You can also put a bowl of water by these
locations, in case your dog needs a drink. Return to these two
spots with regular intervals and call for your dog. Most dogs
will return to where they saw you last and look for you.
Posters of your pet
up posters with your pets picture on them, make sure the image
is really clear and large. Describe your pet and where he got
lost. Leave a phone number on the poster, where people can reach
you at all times (mobile phone is best). If you can, offer a
reward, as there are lost of horrid people out there who snatch
pets to get a reward and even though it isn't right, I'd rather
pay to get my dog back safe and sound than not knowing what happened
the posters up on notice boards, in the window at news agents,
vets, groomers, pet shops, local supermarkets, police station,
etc. You can also put posters up on lamp posts for ultimate exposure.
The more people that are aware that your pet is missing, the
more eyes will see him if he appears.
you can't make a poster yourself, you can have one made for you
Make sure your contact details are up to date
your dog is micro chipped or tattooed, make sure all your details
are correct with the corresponding database. If you had your
dog micro chipped at the vets, call them to double check that
they have the correct address and phone number for you. If your
dog is tagged, was the tag up to date?
Web sites to add your pets details to
are lots of web sites that feature lost and found dogs, cats
and other pets. Here is a selection of sites I've found:
every local and the large rescue centres. Sometimes the communication
between police/vet/animal warden and rescue centres don't work
quite as well as would be desirable, so it is worth contacting
all local rescue centres personally, to make sure your pet is
at the forefront of their minds. I would even suggest you go
to the local rescues and have a look around yourself, to see
if your pet is there. I've met a lot of lazy kennel staff and
I wouldn't want to risk my pet being re homed just because the
person I talked to over the phone couldn't be bothered to go
and have a look...
would also be a good idea to contact all UK breed clubs for your
particular breed (if your pet is a pure breed). Most breed clubs
have a rescue section and if they ever get notice of a pet for
re homing that fits your pets description, you want them to be
aware that it might be your pet. Contact them via email or post,
so you can send them a picture of your pet.
Make your own web page about your dog
is an example of an excellent web page that the owners of Spot
made up, to spread the word about him. Maybe you or someone you
know could set up a web page for your missing dog? Don't forget
to submit it to search engines.
Local press and pet magazines
an ad in all the local papers about your missing pet. Contact as
many pet magazines as you can think of and see if their writers
would be interested in writing an article about your missing pet
or missing pets in general (but with your pet being a feature in
the article). Do the same thing with local TV and radio stations.
your pet’s insurance policy. Many policies offer various
types of ‘pet reuniting’ services in the event of loss
or theft and many offer a certain amount towards covering the cost
of rewards and advertising as well.
If you have FOUND a pet
find a dog or other domestic animal, either take him to or call
the local police, rescue centres, vets, dog wardens, where they
can check the dog for micro chips or tattoos.