Lost an Animal?
There are various Lost and Found facilities and websites you can use, some are listed below. The RSPCA is currently working with Pets Located, but other sites are available, such as:
The use of social media is also key in reuniting lost and found pets.
Facebook has lots of pages dedicated to lost and found pets – a search of the site should find you a lost and found pets page in your local area. Lots of towns and villages also have local pages dedicated to them so try posting details, with a photo if possible, on those pages.
Twitter is also very useful in helping to reunite lost and found pets.
Tips To Help You Find Your Pet
- Ask neighbours to check their sheds and garages, just in case your pet has managed to get locked in somewhere.
- Put some used bedding outside on the washing line – your pet may be able to smell their own smell and be guided home.
- If out searching, early evening is best as it’s a little quieter and if you are calling and shaking treats, the sound will carry further. Remember, cats tend to go in straight lines diagonally across gardens, they won’t necessarily stick to roads so they could be in unexpected roads up behind or in front of your house.
- Put up lost pet posters in your area in all public places and noticeboards – use a photo if you have one and include a telephone number.
- Do a door-to-door leaflet drop in your local area ensuring every household receives a leaflet, even those you’ve already spoken to, so that they have your contact details should they see your lost pet.
- Phone local vets – an injured or ill animal may have been handed in to a veterinary surgery. If your pet is microchipped, then the vets should check this and be able to call you to say they have your pet BUT you need to keep your phone number up to date with the microchip company.
- Contact local rescues to see if your pet has been handed in. If your pet is microchipped, then the rescue should check this and be able to call you to say they have your pet BUT you need to keep your phone number up to date with the microchip company.
- Contact your local newspaper – most local papers have a lost and found pet column.
- Phone the local council (especially important for dogs as the council have responsibility for stray dogs) and Police, to see if they have any record of your pet being found.
DON’T GIVE UP – lost or stolen pets, particularly cats, can reappear many months after disappearing.
We strongly advise that you microchip your pet so that if it is found, it can be safely reunited with you as quickly as possible.
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