Lost and Found

What to do if your pet is missing.

* Email us and give as much information as possible about your pet.

* Posters - The more the better - on lamp posts, phone boxes, bus stops, in cars, pubs, shops, supermarkets etc. Include a photo and a telephone number.

* Flyers - Another great way to spread the word – post them through letterboxes in your street and the surrounding area. With permission, you can also leave them on the counter in local shops, or on car windscreens in the car park etc

* Advise local ‘pet professionals’ such as vets, pet rescue centres, and dog wardens. If your pet is chipped, also contact petlog, or your microchip database – they should be able to notify you if anybody tries to change the details.

* Walk the streets - This is something that you can do straight away. Call out your pet’s name, and listen for any response – it may be that they are trapped, and can’t get back to you as they normally would

* Speak to neighbours to alert them to the fact that your pet is missing – the more people keeping a look out, the better. Most pets that go missing are found very close to home. We receive many reports from owners who go on to find that their cat has been in a neighbour’s house unnoticed for a while – particularly if there are rooms which are not used on a daily basis.

* Search sheds, garages and outhouses - If you are able to do this yourself, your pet may be more likely to respond to a familiar voice

* Other pet owners - Ask local dog walkers to keep a look out while they are in your area

* Above ground level - Look up as well as down – trees, scaffolding etc, can be sometimes be intriguing for inquisitive pets

Practical measures

If your pet has become disorientated, either following an accident, or having eaten something that wasn’t intended for them, it can be much more difficult for them to find their way home. There are a number of things that you can do to help them, if this is what has happened.

Familiar smells - Leave out food or a familiar toy – this can help them to sniff you out. Similarly, an unwashed item of clothing, or one that you have sprayed with a distinctive ‘home’ smell such as perfume can help 

Vacuum cleaner - Empting the contents of your vacuum cleaner bag in the garden can also be surprisingly effective – pets can pick up on the scent from some distance

Litter leads the way - Even depositing the contents of your cat’s litter tray outside the house can give them a familiar scent to lead the way home