Lost and found pets
We know how distressing it is when a pet goes missing. Here’s how you can help find your pet or what to do if you find a stray pet or wild animal.
Lost your pet?
The RSPCA and a number of animal charities now use a national reunification database and the website www.petslocated.com. We would recommend that you register your missing pet’s details with this site.
We find that social media is the best way to let the local neighbourhood know you have lost or found a pet. We use our Facebook page to post details of stray animals brought in to our surgery. There are many lost and found groups on Facebook that will spread the word.
It is sensible to contact neighbouring vets and charities to check with them too.
You can also put up posters in your neighbourhood. Knock on your neighbours door and ask them to check garages and sheds. Many cats will hide when they open the door, so it is a good idea to ask them to leave the door open for an hour or two to allow your pet to escape.
Remember to inform your microchip company and ensure your contact details are up to date.
Found a pet or other animal?
If you find an injured household pet, please call the RSPCA 0300 1234 999 in the first instance. They will advise you which vets to take the pet to.
If you have found a stray uninjured dog, please contact the Dog Warden on 01278 435210 or out of hours on 0800 917 6520.
If you find a stray uninjured cat, please arrange an appointment with one of our nurses to assess the cat. We will check it for a microchip. Please note that you will be asked to return the cat to where you found it if the cat is not chipped and well and safe to be returned.
If you find an injured or sick wild animal, please contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 or one of our surgeries. If the animal is not injured or sick leave it well alone, but if you are worried for the animals safety then contact the RSPCA.
From 6 April 2016 it will be compulsory to have your dog microchipped. This new law aims to reduce the number of strays and will reunite owners with their lost pets quickly. Click here for more information.