If your pet has gone missing, here are some things you can do:
Call the microchip database they are registered with and report them as lost or stolen. Make sure your contact details are always up to date.
Contact your local authority dog warden, via your local council – they are legally responsible for stray dogs and may well have picked up your pet. They will hold on to stray dogs for seven days but, after this time, dogs will be rehomed or put to sleep if no home can be found for them.
Contact neighbouring local authorities too as pets may move across local council borders
Call local kennels/catteries/charities – it’s possible someone has found the dog and taken them to a local rehoming centre or kennels
Contact all local vet surgeries, after-hours veterinary centres or animal hospitals – if your pet has been injured, they may have been taken there for treatment
Check online lost and found websites and notice boards in your local area. Register your dog on DogLost or any pet via www.animalsearchuk.co.uk
, a free national database which is run by volunteers who will help you to search for your pet.
Put up notices/posters in your local area with an up to date clear photo of your pet. If your pet is insured, your policy may include help with advertising and reward costs.
Alert neighbours to look in their sheds/garages etc and keep an eye out via leaflets.
Don't forget the wonderful Facebook community as this is a subject that most people can relate too - and they are helpful at spreading the word.
Visit places where other dog walkers go and ask them to keep an eye out for your dog.
REMEMBER that if your pet is wearing a tag and is microchipped, this will hugely increase your chances of being reunited with them if they go missing.