Helpful hints/tips if your pet goes missing

Posted by Renee Patience on

The post was created to try and get as much information and support into one place for any one who has the misfortune of having a missing pet.   This is a heart wrenching time, and the goal should be to get the owners reunited with their animals as soon as possible.

There are many avenues for support out there, we have tried to summarise the main areas below and split this by country/animal.

If there are items which you believe are missing or, any other helpful advice that you feel should be added, please reach out to us here at Kola-Beanz, so that we can update.

Don't forget to always ensure that your dog has a collar and tag with your details on when out in public, and that they are microchipped - this will help your chances of being reunited with them should they go missing.  Also remember that if you move, or your phone number etc changes, that you update the microchip database that they are registered with :). You may also want to consider a GPS tracker for your dog - these can then be linked to a smart phone / home PC any may be able to help you track down your dogs location quickly.

The above is the same principle for the horses, you may wish to consider having tags on your bridle/saddle should you ever have a fall and your horse run off (I learnt this the hard way!) - and remember to always keep your horses passport up to do as well as the microchip database.  You may also want to consider the below as preventative measures for horses:

  • Are all the fences secure/solid - are the gates secure and locked?  Have you padlocked both sides of the gates?  Gates can easily be lifted off their hinges - putting another chain/padlock on the hinge side - may be enough to act as a deterrent.
  • If you horse is stabled at night, are there (or could there be) infra red sensors, cameras/CCTV etc - These items are starting to become a little cheaper in price than they were a few years ago and can link to a smart phone quite easily
  • Are you in an area where there is an existing Horse Watch group?  Or could you create one?
Remember - keep your mobile phone with you at all times, so that people can contact you :)

    UK/NI - Dogs:

    Note the below is not neccessarily the order that the options should be followed in:

    • Call the microchip database that they are registered with to let them know that your dog is missing
    • If you believe that your dog has been stolen, call the police
    • There is a fantastic website available (free) called DogsLost - This is probably the main source/online website in the UK which will have listed the majority of the dogs which are missing/stolen.  You can register your dog as missing on here, and they will do the following to support you:
      • A printable poster for each dog that can be put up in your area
      • A page for each lost or found dog, where news and support can be shared
      • Email alerts for lost dogs in and around your postcode
      • Other news of lost pets and relevant events
      • Connections to help you share news of lost dogs on social media
      • Links to a microchip scanning service used by vets and wardens, to ensure your pet is returned as soon as possible
    • Call your local dog warden (you should be able to get the number from your local council) as they may have picked up your pet - As FYI - they typically hold onto a dog for seven days (if considered a stray) - Depending on the area you live, you may also want to consider calling neighbouring councils, if you are close to a council border area, as it is possible that you pet may have cross the council border.
    • Utilise Social Media as much as possible.   With the world being in the 'digital' age right now, Social media can be your friend, and help get the message out there - this can be Facebook, Instragram, Twitter etc.  There are many pages already set up across the UK/NI to support - we also have one here at Kola-Beanz (Link to Facebook Page) which can be utilised to help get the message out globally.   Ask people to Share, Share, Share!  The more the message gets out, the hotter the dogs will be to handle
    • Contact any local kennels/charities/vets/animal hospitals etc to see if your pet has been picked up and handed into one of these places - You could also ask to leave flyers here.
    • Put up posters/notices etc where you live (if you have utilised the free service from DogsLost, then the flyers will be available for you)
    • Ask other dog walkers/locals/neighbours to keep an eye out for your dog
    Once you find your pet, please remember to remove all the posters/flyers etc, update any Socia Media, Dogs Lost to let people know that they have been found.

      ROI - Dogs:

      Note the below is not neccessarily the order that the options should be followed in:

      • Call the microchip database that they are registered with to let them know that your dog is missing
      • If you believe that your dog has been stolen, call the Garda
      • Upload the details to the ISPCA Report Lost Tab
      • Call your local dog warden (you should be able to get the number from your local council) as they may have picked up your pet - As FYI - they typically hold onto a dog for seven days (if considered a stray) - Depending on the area you live, you may also want to consider calling neighbouring councils, if you are close to a council border area, as it is possible that you pet may have cross the council border.
      • Utilise Social Media as much as possible.   With the world being in the 'digital' age right now, Social media can be your friend, and help get the message out there - this can be Facebook, Instragram, Twitter etc.  There are many pages already set up across the UK/NI to support - we also have one here at Kola-Beanz (Link to Facebook Page) which can be utilised to help get the message out globally.   Ask people to Share, Share, Share!  The more the message gets out, the hotter the dogs will be to handle
      • Contact any local kennels/charities/vets/animal hospitals etc to see if your pet has been picked up and handed into one of these places - You could also ask to leave flyers here.
      • Put up posters/notices/flyers etc where you live 
      • Ask other dog walkers/locals/neighbours to keep an eye out for your dog

      Once you find your pet, please remember to remove all the posters/flyers etc, update any Socia Media, ISPCA etc, to let people know that they have been found.

       

      UK/NI - Horses:

      Note the below is not neccessarily the order that the options should be followed in:

      • Call the database that they are registered with to let them know that your horse is missing - depending on your horse insurance cover, you may also be able to get support from your insurance company to cover the cost of flyers/posters etc - it may be worth giving them a call to see how they can help you
      • If you believe that your horse has been stolen, call the Police
      • Utilise Social Media as much as possible.   With the world being in the 'digital' age right now, Social media can be your friend, and help get the message out there - this can be Facebook, Instragram, Twitter etc.  There are many pages already set up across the UK/NI to support - we also have one here at Kola-Beanz (Link to Facebook Page) which can be utilised to help get the message out globally.   Ask people to Share, Share, Share!  The more the message gets out, the hotter the horses will be to handle
      • Contact any local stables/charities/vets/animal hospitals etc - You could also ask to leave flyers here.
      • Put up posters/notices/flyers etc where you live 
      • Let other riders/yards/locals/neighbours know about the situation so that they can keep and eye out
      • Don't forget your horses passport contains all the information about your horse including microchip details, unique markings, age, breed etc - this may be useful when compiling flyers or needing any additional features when uploading the information to Social Media

      Once you find your pet, please remember to remove all the posters/flyers etc, update any Socia Media, ISPCA etc, to let people know that they have been found.

      ROI - Horses:

      Note the below is not neccessarily the order that the options should be followed in:

      • Call the database that they are registered with to let them know that your horse is missing - depending on your horse insurance cover, you may also be able to get support from your insurance company to cover the cost of flyers/posters etc - it may be worth giving them a call to see how they can help you
      • If you believe that your horse has been stolen, call the Garda
      • Upload the details to the ISPCA Report Lost Tab
      • Utilise Social Media as much as possible.   With the world being in the 'digital' age right now, Social media can be your friend, and help get the message out there - this can be Facebook, Instragram, Twitter etc.  There are many pages already set up across the UK/NI to support - we also have one here at Kola-Beanz (Link to Facebook Page) which can be utilised to help get the message out globally.   Ask people to Share, Share, Share!  The more the message gets out, the hotter the horses will be to handle
      • Contact any local stables/charities/vets/animal hospitals etc - You could also ask to leave flyers here.
      • Put up posters/notices/flyers etc where you live 
      • Let other riders/yards/locals/neighbours know about the situation so that they can keep and eye out
      • Don't forget your horses passport contains all the information about your horse including microchip details, unique markings, age, breed etc - this may be useful when compiling flyers or needing any additional features when uploading the information to the IPSCA

      Once you find your pet, please remember to remove all the posters/flyers etc, update any Socia Media, ISPCA etc, to let people know that they have been found.


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