It is important that if your pet is lost that you don’t panic and that you formulate a strategy as quickly as possible. There are many bases to cover when looking for your pet, and the more you cover, the higher the likelihood of success in finding them. If you have not already contacted us by telephone to report your lost pet, then please do so when you’ve completed reading the following advice.
When reporting your lost pet make sure you:
It is recommended that you personally visit local animal shelters and pounds as identifying an animal over the phone can be difficult.
Don’t rely on contacting the pound or shelter just once as it may be a number of days before the animal arrives in the pound. (Someone may take the animal home for a few days and then decide to contact the council.)
It is important to note that even if your pet was wearing identification, don’t assume that the council will notify you. This is because the collar and tag may have become lost, or the pound or shelter may not have yet scanned the animal for a microchip.
Advertise in your local papers under the lost and found sections. Some local radio stations will make announcements regarding lost pets.
Desexing (if not already)
Microchipping (if not already)
Secure fencing – check for holes under fence – height of fence – side gates etc.
Some dogs hate the sound of fire works and thunder storms so their instinct is to run from the sound, therefore stormy nights and special nights like New Years Eve, there is a lot of LOST pets on the streets of Melbourne that may end up in the pounds all around Melbourne because a scared dog can run and run and run. Things to consider when going out on these nights:
Just remember if you leave your dog inside the house you might come home to find your house completely turned upside down and/or your dog has injured its self on some thing or worse still gone threw a window.