If you have lost your dog, after searching the local area, the next thing to do is call police on 101 to see if anyone has handed him/her in. Keep in touch with police regularly, as if they are busy, they may forget to let you know that your dog is with them. Call the dog warden at your local council office to let her /him know that your dog is missing and to ask if your dog has been picked up. Please note that the dog warden may not be on duty at weekends or evenings. Also call your local dog pound to ask if your dog is there. The police should be able to let you know where that is if you do not know. If your dog is microchipped, (and it should be, as it is now the law) and is at the dog pound, you should be contacted to let you know your dog is with them. It could be next day before you are informed. However, please keep in touch with them.If your dog has no chip or collar and ID tag, your dog can be rehomed after 7 days. There are always fees to pay if the dog is at the dog pound, so pick your dog up ASAP. The longer your dog is there, the more it will cost you to get your dog out. If your dog is chipped, call the microchip company to let them know that your dog is missing. If your dog has been stolen, they will flag him/her up as stolen.
Next - get out posters in the area your dog went missing.
If you register your dog with Doglost.co.uk it automatically generates a poster on the dog's page for you to print off, or just make up your own one with, a photo of your dog, your contact details, where and when your dog went missing. Templates for your use further down the page. Just change the photo & text to suit. Lots of posters & fliers double your chances of finding your dog. No printer? Go to local library and use theirs .There may be a small charge.
Facebook is a great way of helping to find your dog, by sharing Facebook lost and found pet pages like LostDogs-Scotland.
Please remember that not everyone uses Facebook so it is a good idea to go down the routes in the Help and Advice section above along with using Facebook- not instead of.
LOST A DOG ?
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If you find a stray dog and have managed to get hold of the dog to keep it safe, and it is evening or weekend when the dog warden is not on duty, please call police on 101 to let them know, and give them your details if you intend to keep the dog safe overnight. This is required by law. Otherwise, you will have to take the dog to a police station with kennels. When you call 101, they should be able to let you know which police station in your area is able to take in dogs.Some police stations have scanners and may be able to scan the dog for a chip, therefore getting the dog and owner reunited quickly.
If the dog is taken to a police station and his/her owner does not pick the dog up that day or night, the dog will be picked up by the dog warden the next day and taken to the pound/kennels on a weekday. If the dog has been handed into police at the weekend, the dog will stay there until Monday until the dog warden is available to pick up the dog.(Public holidays may differ).
It is always preferable and kinder to keep the dog in your home, in comfort overnight, if you can, rather than taking the dog to police station/kennels - but you must give your detals to police. This is the law.
Following this you can post details of the dog on our LostDogs-Scotland Facebook page with the details of where the dog was found and where he/she is now. Posting a contact number is also very helpful so that owner can get in touch. The information will be shared with other Facebook users and posted on other lost and found pet pages to try and help locate the owner of the dog.
Facebook is a great way of helping to find your dog, by sharing among friends and also on Facebook lost and found pet pages like LostDogs-Scotland. Click on the highlighted blue link below to join Facebook or just log into your Facebook account if you have already joined.
Please note that not everyone uses Facebook so it is a good idea to check the Help and Advice section above along with using Facebook- not instead of.
If you would like to register a lost or found dog please visit our Facebook page, where you can post the details.
Please try to post a photo of the dog,
a description, the area, town or city,
where the dog went missing, the circumstances of how the dog went missing and a contact number for yourself or the owner. Give as much detail as you can- such as adding that the dog is microchipped or/and wearing collar and ID tag etc.
If you cannot, or do not use Facebook, then get in touch using the contact form further below. The information will be taken, and posted on our Facebook page for you, where it will be shared and posted on other relevant Facebook pages to help spread the word and hopefully locate your pet.
FOUND A DOG?
Help others with lost dogs
or any other pets
*Print and distribute posters
*Help to search
*Spread the word, Facebook, Twitter etc.
*Share on Facebook Lost & Found pet pages
Post on Doglost.co.uk (with pet
Find vets all over the UK !
You can contact them by phone or email
to ask them to display your missing pet poster
on their surgery notice board,
Most sureries are very helpful & accomodating
Click on the Find any Vet link
above & pop in your postcode
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