If your dog is lost or stolen, contact:

  • The Police (Police no longer deal with stray dogs however if your dog has been stolen you will need to report this).
  • Your local authority dog warden service.
  • Your local animal shelters/stray kennels.
  • Kennels and shelters in surrounding areas, in case your pet has wandered out of area.
  • Register your missing pet on websites such as Doglost and National Pet Register
  • If your dog is microchipped, contact Petlog on 0870 6066751
  • Contact local vets, newspapers and put posters in shops, parks and lamp posts.

Go out and search for your dog. Remember he or she may be scared and in hiding so ask people to check garages and garden sheds. Make sure that someone is at home in case your dog returns, or someone calls to say he's been found.

Prevention is better than cure!

It is always better to be proactive in preventing the loss or theft of your pet. This may seem like an obvious thing to say but it does no harm to list some of the things you can do to reduce the likelihood of your dog going missing, or increasing the chances of his safe return if he does.

  • Microchip your dog. This is now a legal requirement! The cost is minimal yet it is one of the most effective methods of reuniting lost dogs with owners. Remember to keep the details up to date by contacting Petlog if you move house or change your telephone numbers. In the case of a stolen dog, a microchip will prove that you are the owner.
  • Ensure that your dog always wears a collar with an identity tag engraved with your name, address and contact telephone number. It is a legal requirement that your dog wears a collar and tag in public. Ensure that the collar is not worn or damaged and that the buckle or clasp are secure. Do not put the name of your dog on the tag. A thief could use this to entice your dog away. If you go on holiday with your dog, have a temporary tag made with the address and telephone number of the place you'll be staying, as well as a mobile number for you.
  • Never leave your dog unattended in your garden, or tied up outside shops. Likewise, be aware that dogs can escape from open windows and doors at home, as well as the increased opportunity for thieves to enter. Just because your dog has never run away before, doesn't mean he never will, so keep him safe and secure at all times. Educate your children to close doors, windows and gates.
  • If you leave your dog in kennels, have a tag made with the name, address and contact number for the kennels.

Protect Your Dog From Being Stolen. Companion animal theft is unfortunately a serious problem in this country. The number of companion animals that are stolen from backyards and from outside stores and supermarkets increases dramatically throughout Spring, Summer and Fall. Even the "safest" neighbourhoods are not immune to this growing problem. The bottom line is: never leave your dog unsupervised

Courtesy of the Bull Breed Advisory Service 2009