LOST DOG ADVICE
Dont panic! Yes, its hard not to, but its important that you remain focused if you want to successfully find your dog.
If your dog is a certain breed its fairly easy to identify, however, problems can occur when you have a crossbreed. When making contact with people, rather than giving it a breed - describe the dog, specific markings or scars that makes your dog unique. Eg: You know your dog as a German Shepherd Cross, but your dog actually looks like a black and tan collie cross - dont be tempted to label it with a specific breed.
Call your local authority dog warden (see our contact information page) If your local authority uses a sub contractor to collect out of hours strays, ask your council for their contact details and call. Some councils may not give out their details. In cases like this, ask the council to pursue on your behalf, but check back to ensure it has actually been done.
Even though the police are no longer responsible for stray dogs, contact your local station - they may still have a lost and found register. If your dog is stolen, insist on a crime reference number.
Contact your local stray dog kennels. (Contact information can be obtained from your local authority).
Contact your local RSPCA centre, if you dont have one contact the national number on 0300 1234999
Is your dog microchipped or tattooed?
Find the paperwork and contact them as soon as possible. Ensure that your details are upto date and add an emergency number (preferably a mobile or a number that will ALWAYS be answered).
Now get creative - POSTERS! No need for it to be fancy, your time is better spent putting up posters rather than creating them. All you need is A4 paper, a good photo of your dog, a large black marker (dont be tempted to use other colours as they fade in the sun) some cheap clear wallets, sellotape/bluetac. Make up your poster, you can either print them yourself or take the original to your local library or copy shop for larger quantities. For outdoor posters, place each poster in a plastic wallet, seal the open end with sellotape.
Always observe local byelaws on fly postering, do not use nails or staples to attach posters to trees, be good to your environment.
WHERE TO POSTER?
Local shops, specifically pet shops, fast food shops, supermarkets etc.
Vets, you can take local ones by hand. Vets further away you can send by post.
Ensure your local stray kennels have one.
Local rescues and animal welfare organisations.
Local schools - children are always the first to spot a cute dog.
Hand to postmen, binmen, taxi drivers, all local door to door delivery persons.
Display in your own and other family members cars.
Dog grooming businesses.
Local pubs, clubs and recreational sports centres etc
Place a lost advert in your local newspapers, there is normally a charge for this
Stray dogs are killed on roads, on railway lines and in rivers/canals. So check with your local Highways Agency, Network Rail and British Waterways.
Highways Agency - 0300 1235000
Network Rail - 0845 7114141
British Waterways - 0303 040 4040