Losing a much-loved pet is distressing and every dog owner should recognise that even the most obedient and well-guarded dog can wander off occasionally. Hopefully, your dog will find its way home or will be returned, but if it does not we recommend that you take immediate action.
The law requires that all dogs must wear a collar with the owner's name and address inscribed on it, or on a disc attached to it, so that you can be traced. If the dog is wearing a disc it is likely that it will be returned by a member of the public or a dog warden. If it is micro-chipped this will help the dog warden to identify you quickly.
It is essential for you to provide your dog with an appropriate level of physical and mental stimulation to avoid problems like straying. Dogs that become bored are more likely to escape from the house or garden in search of an adventure. It may also stray due to biological urges: the search for a mate. Stop this by having your dog neutered.
Dogs found straying will be picked up by our dog warden and taken to a holding kennel. If it is micro-chipped and the details are correct, you and your dog can be reunited straight away. A fee is normally payable. Contact your local police station. If your dog has been taken to the police, they will tell you where it has been taken for kennelling
Even if the police and council have no knowledge of your pet, call the local re-homing centres - someone may have taken the dog directly there.
Occasionally a member of the public will look after a stray pet in their home. We do not advise this, but if it happens, they should contact the police, dog wardens or other interested parties. It is worth checking the local vets, shops, libraries, local press and other public noticeboards to see if anyone is searching for the owner of a dog. You can also put up notices. Always keep an up-to-date photograph of your dog - a picture says far more than a written description. Visit www.doglost.co.uk here you can upload your details and check the "found" pages. There are many other lost dog sites on the web. Also check local council websites as they should have a register of dogs found. For example, we have a register of dogs collected by the Council.
Visit places where you usually walk your dog - it may have just decided to walk itself! Look around your local area and if you have moved recently, ask around at your last address. It is surprising how far dogs have been known to travel. Are there any building sites or workmen in your area? If so, ask around - it is amazing where an inquisitive dog can manage to get trapped.
*This is for the collection of found dogs in your care and reporting of lost dogs only *