If your pet has gone missing, there are a number of things you can do immediately to help find them:
- Call all the local vets practices in case a member of the public has handed your cat or dog in or notified them of a stray. Vets are often heavily involved in reuniting pets scanning microchips, housing strays in their kennels and sharing information on their Facebook pages.
- Report lost pets to your local animal rescue centre. Links to national animal rescue and welfare charities are listed below.
- For lost dogs, contact your local animal warden, who is responsible for collecting stray dogs. Unfortunately, very few animal wardens deal with stray cats.
- Register lost pets on the free online databases and contact relevant lost dogs or lost cats charities and advice services. Some of the best and most popular are listed below.
- Post photos and details (last known location, distinctive markings, and your contact details) of your lost dog or lost cat on Facebook and Twitter and ask local vets, friends and colleagues in your local area to share them. You’ll often find Facebook groups dedicated to reuniting lost pets in your area where you can share your missing pet poster.
- White Cross Vets will be happy to share your missing pet on social media if you get in touch with the relevant practice Facebook page, or contact us on Twitter.
Missing pets online services
DogLost.co.uk offers excellent free advice and comprehensive support for owners who have lost their dog, including a national lost dogs search directory listing, press release and media relations support, a free poster print and distribution service and emails out to local volunteers who can help look for your pet.
AnimalSearchUK.co.uk is a free website for lost dogs and cats offering a missing pets search service.
NationalPetRegister.org is a similar service offering missing pets and found pets registers, along with Twitter, Facebook and Google+ accounts to share details.
Animal rescue and welfare charities