What do I do if my pet is LOST?

  • First of all search your neighbourhood immediately, leaving the description of your missing pet and your contact details with as many people as possible. Remember to speak to any postmen, or other service personnel that cover a wide area.
  • Call  local veterinary surgeons as you pet may be taken to any of them
  • Call the local council animal warden and register your pet on their websites
  • Bournemouth Animal Welfare Officers phone: 01202 451306 For ‘Lost and Found’ dog information, please check the ‘Lost Dogs’ page.
  • Christchurch Dog Wardens phone: 0844 4482 8348. For ‘Lost and Found’ dog information, please check the ‘Lost Dogs’ page.
  • East Dorset Dog Wardens phone: 01202 882601 For ‘Lost and Found’ dog information, please check the ‘Lost Dogs’ page.
  • North Dorset Dog Wardens phone: 01258 454111 webpage: http://www.dorsetforyou.com/index.jsp?articleid=387321 For ‘Lost and Found’ dog information, please check the ‘Lost Dogs’ page.
  • Poole Animal Welfare Officers Phone: 01202 261700. For ‘Lost and Found’ dog information, please check the ‘Lost Dogs’ page.
  • In other areas the local police will often help by taking your pet’s details
  • Call the local welfare centres, eg the local branch of the RSPCA
  • RSPCA Poole and East Dorset on 01202 890415
  • RSPCA Bournemouth on 01202 526520 during working hours or 01202 529695 when they are closed
  • Cats Protection, Poole and Bournemouth or call 01202 482428, or the main branch number 08453 712762
  • Put a description and photo on the PetsLocated website or email catsprotectionbournemouth@yahoo.co.uk
  • Notices on social media, Facebook etc can be very effective at spreading the word
  • Place ‘Lost Pet Posters’ everywhere you can – local shops, vets, lamp-posts, restaurants, superstores. Be sure to check the fly-posting regulations in your area.
  • Contact your local radio station and newspaper and ask them to put out a message for you.
  • Visit Lost and Found Pet websites (eg Petlog) especially if your pet is microchipped or tattoed, and register your up to date contact details.
  • What do I do when my pet is FOUND again? Once you’ve celebrated -
  • Make sure your pet is healthy and uninjured; you may need to have them checked over by your vet
  • Take down your posters, contact any newspapers/radio stations and make people aware that you have found your pet
  • Remember to inform the Lost and Found Pet websites.
  • If they are not already microchipped, get them done! Remember for dogs, it’s a legal requirement!

 

What do I do if I FIND a pet?

  • Catch stray dogs if you can safely do so – remember they will be scared and may be unpredictable! Please take them straight to a local vet or contact your local animal warden (see below). This will be the quickest and easiest way to find the owner as they will be able to scan the pet for a microchip number and contact the registered owners if they have one. You should also inform the local police station as some may keep details in case the owner contacts them. Please note however, that neither the vets nor the police are obliged to take in healthy pets, and may not be able to do so.
  • Most cats are not actually lost, so it may not be in their best interest to remove them from their familiar territory – please phone for advice first.