• Immediately contact the Local Authority through the numbers on the interactive mapThe Dog Warden is notified of lost/found dogs through the local authority that are legally responsible for stray dogs and be most likely to have picked them up! Contact nearby local authorities, as dogs can travel quite far when they want to out of fear and the need to be reunited.
  • Post on Facebook Dog Lost Lincolnshire and any other local lost and found pet or selling sites in the area. You may well find that someone has already found your dog and is holding it until the dog warden can attend and take to the holding kennels/pound.
  • Phone all boarding kennels in your area, including the holding kennels for your local authority if possible. Some local authorities do not give this information out but you can ask them to contact the pound kennels on your behalf.
  • Telephone dog rescues in the area, such as Dogs Trust, RSPCA, Blue Cross, and small independent ones. If you are in an unknown area – ask or google who they are.
  • Phone all local vets, leaving details of the dog and your contact numbers. Leave more than one number so they can get through to you while you’re phoning around. Ask the vet if they can put a Lost Dog poster up in their surgery.
  • If you have a record of your dog’s microchip number and contact details for the microchip company, ring immediately to alert them your pet is missing. They can then notify you if someone tries to change your dog’s chip details.
  • Keep rechecking and searching around the local area to where your pet was lost from. Ask anyone who passes if they have seen or heard of anyone finding a dog.
  • Leave an item of your clothing at the scene of where your dog was lost (such as a jacket), if it is safe to do so (away from roads or traffic) as this will give some comfort, especially overnight. Consider scent marking – sprinkling urine around the local area so your dog may gravitate to the spot.
  • If your dog is lost from your home – leave the gate open and keep checking. Your dog may well return of their own accord.
  • Check and recheck buildings, sheds and any work sites nearby to where your dog went missing from, as he may have become trapped. If your dog has been lost in woodland, check burrows and earth mounds – could he be caught down a rabbit hole or badger set?
  • If the area your dog went missing in is near farmland, it is advisable to contact local farmers. If your dog is on their land worrying or hurting their livestock, a farmer can by law shoot your dog, they are much less likely to do this if they can link the dog to an owner.

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