Lost Dogs – What To Do
Occasionally, dogs come into the pounds that are not abandoned but merely lost dogs. Hound from the Pound do all we can to try to reunite found dogs before they are collected by the dog warden and taken to kennels. Sometimes, when dogs are scanned the microchips are missed or the information on them is not up to date. In that case, there is little alternative except for the dog to be taken to the council pound. Our volunteers are very active in placing adverts across social media locally and nationwide. We do our best to help lost dogs be speedily reunited, often with a very anxious owner.
Lost dogs Q&A
What should I do if I’ve lost my dog?
- Immediately contact the Local Authority through the numbers on the interactive map. The 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:
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