Stolen Pets

Prevention and Reaction of Stolen Pets

There can be no words to describe how much some people love their pets. Not only have they invested a lot of their time and money into their pets, but they are also a source of emotional attachment. But no matter how much you love your pet; there are always some mistakes that you might be making when it comes to keeping them safe from thieves.

It is also a very sad fact that dog theft is on the increase but there are steps that you can take to try to prevent your dog being stolen

  • Try not to take your pet anywhere where you have to either keep them in a car or tie them outside a restaurant or store, even if it is for a minute
  • Don’t leave them unattended in your back garden – thieves can get in your garden very quickly
  • Make sure they have an up to date I.D tag on your dog so if it does get lost it makes it much easier for  you to be contacted( it is a legal requirement to have I.D on your dog).
  • Make sure they are microchipped and your details are up to date
  • Consider having your dog tattooed as well
  • Make sure that your dog has a good recall – if not be careful letting him off  lead

Steps to take if your dog is lost or has been stolen

  • Get in touch with Doglost  Uk http://www.doglost.co.uk/
  • Contact  your local Dog Warden
  • Contact your local rescue centres ( London resources see below)
  • Vet surgeries
  • Local dog trainers
  • Try to visit rescue centres if possible as well – it has been known for dogs not to be immediately checked for micro chips
  • Contact the police
  • Get in touch with dog walkers who usually have a good network
  • Post on Facebook as this will get you a good coverage
  • You will need to organise a search as soon possible

Get posters printed and flood the following places

  •  In the immediate area and surroundionmg areas of where you last saw your dog
  • Local veterinary surgeries in the area
  • Any rescue centers in the area
  • Local parks – entrance – dog bins – trees etc
  • boarding kennels and catteries
  • re-cycling areas
  • petrol stations
  •  pubs, and pub car parks
  • Public transport such as tube station, bus stops etc
  •  post offices – newsagents – supermarkets and their car parks
  • pet shops, and animal food stores
  • corner shops – off licences – take away food shops
  •  library’s – mobile library
  •  schools, inside and out if possible, and school gates
  •  inside rear side windows of car
  • taxi drivers – taxi offices
  •  garden centres and nurseries
  •  doctors surgeries
  • community centres – village halls
  • telephone boxes
  • riding centres and stables
  • dog groomers

Since Dog Lost began in 2003 over 13000 missing and stolen dogs that have been registered on the site have been reunited. Dog Lost is run by volunteers but your donations are essential to keep the web site running.
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LONDON RESCUES

Animal Rescue & Care (ARC)
PO Box 46, Twickenham, TW11WG
Tel: 020 8607 9902 Email: [email protected]
www.animalrescueandcare.org.uk

Battersea Dogs Home
4 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4AA
Tel: 020 7622 3626 Fax: 020 7622 6451.
www.dogshome.org

Dogs Trust – West London
Highway Farm, Harvil Road, Harefield, Uxbridge UB9 6JW
Tel: 0845 076 3647
www.dogstrust.org.uk

Enfield Dog Rescue
Palmers Green, London N13
Tel: 020 8886 4117 (before 8 pm)or 020 8376 2363 (after 8 pm)
Email: [email protected]

Hounslow Animal Welfare Society
PO Box 234, Hounslow, Middlesex TW3 2QG
Tel: 020 8560 5443

Mayhew Animal Home
Trenmar Gardens, Kensal Green, London NW10 4RE
Tel: 020 8969 0178. Fax: 0208 969 3221
Email: [email protected]
www.mayhewanimalhome.org

Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals
Hendon Veterinary Centre
4 Church Terrace
Church End
Hendon
London NW4 4JU
0208 203 2090

Putney Animal Hospital (RSPCA)
Clarendon Dr, Wandsworth, London SW15 1AA, UK
Phone: 0300 123 0716 24 Hour emergency service
http://www.putneysw15.com/default.asp?sect…&page=rspca.htm

RSPCA Hillingdon, Slough, Windsor and District Branch
Hillingdon Clinic, 123 Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, Middx, UB10 0LQ
Tel: 01895 833417 Fax: 01895 834461
Email:[email protected]
www.rspcahillingdonclinic.org.uk

National Animal Welfare Trust Rescue Centre

Tylers Way, Watford By Pass, Watford, Herts WD25 8HQ

Tel: 020 8950 1320 (10am to 4pm)

Email: [email protected]

www.nawt.org.uk

 

Fore more info visit the Blue Cross site