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What to do if you lose or find a pet

Tuesday 31 May 2016

It's every pet owner’s worst fear to lose their beloved pets, which many of us consider a member of the family, so what do we do? By law, your dog should always wear a collar and tag with your name and address on when out in public, it's also compulsory and law for all dogs to be microchipped. 
 
So if your dog is wearing a tag and is microchipped, this will hugely increase your chances of being reunited with them if they go missing when they are found.
What to do if your pet goes missing

If your pet has gone missing, here are a few tips you can do: 

If you think your dog has been stolen, call the police, contact your local authority dog warden, via your local council. They are legally responsible for stray dogs and may well have picked up your pet. 

Visit places where other dog walkers go and ask them to keep an eye out for your dog, contact local vet surgeries or animal hospitals – if your dog has been injured, they may have been taken there for treatment. Use social media to reach out to see if they have seen your pet, giving a full description and post a photo too.

What to do if you find a pet

What to do if you’ve found a pet: 

If you’ve found a stray dog, check to see if they’re wearing a tag with the owner’s details on. If they are, and you’re happy to do this, contact the owner and arrange to give them back the dog.  
 
Otherwise contact your local authority dog warden via your local council. They are legally responsible for stray dogs and will come and collect the dog from you and take them to a holding kennels while they wait to see if their owner will claim them. Use social media to reach out to people to say you have found a missing pet, giving a full description and details of where they being looked after.

For more information and helpful tips on missing or lost pets, please visit the Blue Cross website and read What to do if you loose or find a pet

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