How do I make sure my dog is identifiable?

Ensure your dog is microchipped.  From 6 April 2016 it is compulsory your pet has a microchip with a current name and address. All breeders are required to chip puppies as the breeder before sale. If you purchase a puppy make sure it is clear this has been done so you can change the chip into your details.  Failing to comply your dog is chipped and register on one of the following can mean a £500

Ensure your dog has a tag on the collar containing your name and address and at least one contact number. Another tag stating “I am microchipped and neutered/spayed” would be helpful.

Additional security for your dog is a tattoo which is a permanent and visible means of identifying your dog. The National Dog Tattoo Register can provide more details.

What can I do to keep my dog safe?

  • Keep a record of your dog’s microchip number and telephone number of chip company on your phone or easily to hand – especially if your pets are accompanying you on holiday.
  • Check your dog’s chip regularly at your local vet practice.
  • Use an extending lead if your dog has poor recall recall.
  • Vary the time and location of your walks.
  • Walk in well-lit areas if walking at night on your own.
  • Consider walking with a friend.
  • Increase your home security including internal/external CCTV.
  • Consider a GPS tracker collar may also give you piece of mind

What should I never do in order to keep my dog safe?

  • Never allow children to walk your dog unaccompanied by an adult.
  • Never tie your dog up outside a shop.
  • Never leave your dog unaccompanied in a car.
  • Never leave your dog in you garden alone.
  • Never inadvertently disclose on social media sites personal information which could put you at risk such as your routine, location, favourite walks, address etc
  • Never house your dog in outside kennels on your property – this is how most dog thefts occur. No kennel is theft proof.

What should I do if I’ve lost my dog?

  • 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.

What should I do if my dog isn’t found within 24 hours?

  • Ask local supermarkets, shops, newsagents and libraries, if a Lost Dog poster can be put in their window or on their noticeboard.
  • Keep checking social media, ask people to share. Social media is free and very effective. Use as many platforms as you can, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.
  • Contact your local newspaper and ask them to share a Lost dog poster.
  • Keep searching the area to where your dog was lost and any local walk areas that your dog may be familiar with.
  • Consider if your dog may have been stolen, not just escaped from your garden or out of sight on a walk.  Contact your local police – ask for a crime reference number relating to your missing dog. Under UK law, dogs are considered as chattel, you therefore have every right to insist police record and log your enquiry.
  • Contact other lost dog groups across social media such as:

  • Keep returning to the location you last saw your dog.
  • Repeat the following (particularly if it has rained) – 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.
  • Sit in your vehicle with the engine running and boot up – dogs recognise the sound of familiar engines.
  • Widen the search area in a triangular shape – dogs run from A to B to C.
  • Pay close attention to all social media reports and follow up however vague the sighting.  Individual reports very greatly depending on the canine experience of the person making them, closeness to sighting etc.
  • Email a Lost Dog Poster to the environmental health department at your local authority so your pet can quickly be identified if found.  Ring on a daily basis as information on found/pound dogs may not get passed on adequately.
  • There are many voluntary organisations and individuals nationwide who are able to help for tracking lost pets:

What is Hound from the Pound’s mission?

Our mission is to alleviate the suffering of dogs in the council stray kennels across Lincolnshire.

What do you do?

Hound from the Pound provides a safe haven for unclaimed dogs upon entering the pound system and after they have served their statutory 7 days. We secure high quality rescue placements with reputable rescue organisations across UK. Hound from the Pound aims to give every pound dog a new life in a loving home of their own. We fund and vet treat each dog and transport them to the rescue. If a rescue placement is not found immediately, we fund placements for the dogs in suitable emergency boarding kennels or approved foster homes. The dogs are then assessed and walked by our volunteers. Occasionally, we’re asked to help dogs from private homes, or those at risk being given away on the selling sites. We’ve also funded life saving vet treatment of stray dogs as a result of accidents or RTA’s, where council funding is insufficient.

How many dogs have been helped?

To date, we’ve helped 1500 dogs. Our work is ongoing and this number is always increasing. We aim to help many more.

Are you a charity?

Hound from the Pound is a not-for-profit charitable organisation, funded entirely by donations from the general public.

Who works for Hound from the Pound?

We’re made up of a small group of volunteers, dedicated to saving the life of unclaimed pound dogs across Lincolnshire, and beyond.

Can I volunteer for Hound from the Pound?

Yes, we are looking for volunteers in a  number of roles. Please see our Volunteer page.

Who else do you work with?

We work in conjunction with dog wardens, local authorities, vets and the police, in addition to non-governmental organisations. We also welcome help from volunteers.