Lost Pets

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.

Search the Local Neighbourhood

  • Inform your neighbours that your pet is lost and ask if they have had any recent sightings of your pet.
  • Walk around your neighbourhood and call your pet, check nearby trees for cats.
  • If you have lost a dog, concentrate on the areas you have taken it walking or visited regularly.
  • Print up fliers/posters and distribute them around your neighbourhood (Shop windows as well as residential homes are a good idea to distribute too), be sure to mention:
    • A contact name and number.
    • When and where your pet went missing from.
    • A detailed description of your pet – including collar, tag descriptions.
    • What name your pet answers to.
    • A photograph (a colour photograph if possible).
    • Include a reward (if relevant) – simply write “REWARD OFFERED”

Who to Contact

  • Thompson Road Pound (Cranbourne) (03) 9702 8055
  • Australian Animal Protection Society (03) 9798 8044
  • RSPCA Burwood East                       (03) 9224 2222
  • RSPCA Pearcedale                            (03) 5978 6706
  • Contact your local veterinarians as many have a lost and found board or facility, good samaritans may have found your pet and handed it in.
  • Contact your local Council (It is an idea to remember that many councils’ don’t operate their own pounds these days and use either a pound operated by another council or a private contractor).
  • The Lost Dogs Home                         (03) 9329 2755
  • The Lort Smith Animal Shelter on       (03) 9328 3021
  • Victorian Animal Shelters (as you never know how far your pet could have strayed).
  • Utilise the FREE resources at www.lostpetfinders.com.au. You may also choose their additional paid-service support.

When reporting your lost pet make sure you:

  • Give an ACCURATE and DETAILED detailed description of your pet including any identifiable marks / characteristics. (Ensure the description resembles the pet rather than stating the known breeding).
  • Describe any identification they were wearing and if they have been microchipped.
  • Report the area your pet went missing from.
  • Are specific about any other pieces of information that could be useful to locate your pet.

Visit Local Pounds and Shelters

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.

Reducing their risks of being lost a second time

Desexing (if not already)

Microchipping (if not already)

Council Registration

Secure fencing – check for holes under fence – height of fence – side gates etc.


Fireworks and Thunderstorms

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:

  • Make sure your pet/s is secure and it cant hurt itself
  • If you cant secure your pet maybe a boarding kennel is an option
  • A friend or neighbour might be able to house sit

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.