What to Do if Your Dog Gets Lost
A dog owners biggest nightmare is the worry of losing a pet whilst out walking and hopefully the nightmare won’t come true. If the nightmare does come true then remember the first 24 hours are the most vital (in the same way it is for humans) .
Below is our a 15 step guide to give you the best chance of being reunited with your pet:
- Microchipping. This is one of the best ways to get your dog back. If your dog is muicrochipped then please make sure you keep the details up to date.
- Whistle and call your dog. It is important that you spend at least 20 – 30 minutes’ calling your dog and whistling. Another important factor is not to show your panic and try and sound cheerful so your dog won’t be afraid to come back. Search the immediate area that you last saw your dog in a circular motion and slowly expand the circles before you eventually do leave. Whilst searching and calling for your dog make sure you ask everyone you see if they have seen him Give those who seem helpful and trustworthy your number or your vet’s number
- Pet Insurance – Make sure you contact your pet Insurance Company and they may be able to help with advice on advertising and financial assistance
- Flyer – It is very important that you create a “lost” flyer with as much information about your dog as possible.. Make sure you include a photo, a physical description and anything distinguishing about him/her. Include your name and contact number at the bottom of the flyer. Now go back to the area your dog was last seen and distribute the flyer through doors, on trees etc and surrounding areas.
- Local vets – Make contact with the local vets in the area as many people will take a lost dog to the local vert. Ensure they have a copy of your flyer so they can put it upin the waiting room and keep an eye out for him/her.
- Walk or cycle up and down the roads nearest the area your dog was last seen. People strolling or cycling nearby are another helpful resource for spotting your animal. Bring along a favorite treat.
- Make sure you visit your local newsagents and community notice boards so that they can put up your flyer
- Contact the local council, dog warden, police and animal control authorities with a description and the time and area in which your dog was lost. They will be the ones who will be contacted if your pet has been in a car accident, for example, or if your dog is reported as a stray.
- Newspapers – Many local papers have a lost and found section. Place a ‘lost dog’ ad as soon as possible. If you have been walking some distance from your home, find the most appropriate local paper.
- Some national databases for lost pets are available on the Internet.
- Reward– Of you can afford it or if you can get financial help from the insurance company then offer a reward for your dog’s safe return.
- Contact organisations
- Check local animal shelters and rescue homes. Just like vets lost animals will often be handed to the local animal shelter. Contact them to see how they can help locate your pet. It is important that you have information such as colour, age, size, temperament, identification on the dog (collar, tag, microchip, where the dog was lost), and your details to hand.
- Social Media– – Use Social Media as a tool to spread the word and give details of where your dog went missing, along with pictures and contact details. Ask people to ‘Share’ your post.
• The Blue Cross Website: http://www.bluecross.org.uk/ Phone: +44 (0) 1993 822651
• RSPCA Website: http://www.rspca.org.uk/ Phone: 0870 55 55 999
• The Dogs Trust Website: http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/ Phone: 0207 837 0006 .