Lost and Found Pets

Networking Lost and Found Animals


Have you lost your lifelong companion or found someone else's companion?

As you know, losing an animal is traumatic and while networking and/or using Facebook or lost and found websites may seem to be the answer, electronic posts and notices might not reach the people who have your animal or reach the owner of the stray animal which you have found.

Not everyone has smart phones and/or access to the internet.


The following remains good sound advice:


Lost Animals

  1. Contact your local SPCA and other shelters and vets in your area, and provide them with a description, and preferably submit a photo to them
  2. Visit your local SPCA and other shelters regularly.
  3. Place a lost advert in the local newspaper – do not insert the gender or age or unique identifying marks of the animal.
  4. Put ads on notice boards.

Found Animals

  1. Contact your local SPCA and other shelters and vets in your area, and provide them with a description, and preferably submit a photo to them.
  2. If you are not handing over the found animal to the SPCA/animal shelters take it to a vet at your expense for a health check and to ascertain if it has a microchip. You are responsible for all veterinary and feeding costs if you choose to hold the animal.
  3. Place a found advert in the local newspaper – do not insert the gender or age or unique identifying marks of the animal; let the caller tell you what these are.
  4. Put ads on notice boards.

NB: Domestic animals which are used to being cared for can and do deteriorate in condition very quickly. Do not assume an owner has been cruel or neglectful based on the condition of the animal as you do not know how long it has been missing. Equally, check shelters in person to preclude your pet being overlooked due to any variance in description due to condition.


Updated: 5 March 2014

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