When you have lost a dog, the panic and distress may make it difficult to make good and practical decisions.
One of these decisions should be reporting your pet missing to animal control. This organization will help you locate your pup and keep them safe.
We explore exactly what they do, who else to call when you've lost a dog, and why starting a PetRadar search may be your best bet.
What does animal control do for lost pets?
What is animal control?
Attending calls for stray animals
Organizing adoption programs
Provide care for neglected animals
Conduct home visits to ensure pets are being looked after
How can this help lost pets?
Who else to call for a lost pet?
Local animal shelter
Ensure the owner's information is up to date
Report them missing
Ask for their microchip number
Start a PetRadar search
Report a sighting
Save the post for later
Send it to a friend
Offer constant support and guidance: Our excellent team will be with you every step of the way. We know how distressing this situation can be, which is why we send you an update on your search every 12 hours and have a fantastic customer service team for any further support you need.
Set up a personal dashboard: We create a dashboard for you to manage your search. Here, you will be able to see how the sponsored post is performing, how many people have seen it, and how many people have interacted with it. You'll also be able to monitor all reported sightings and increase the search area if you wish.
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What to do if you have lost a dog?
If you have lost a dog, make sure you report them missing straight away. Then go out searching for them, bringing treats and toys with you.
Who do I call when I lose a dog?
When you lose a dog, call the microchip company to ensure details are up to date so shelters can positively identify your pup. Also, call local shelters, veterinary practices, and local papers to make them aware of your missing dog.
Where do dogs go when they are lost?
When dogs are lost, they are likely to go to quiet, unpopulated, and remote areas, like fields, backstreets, or parks.
How long can a lost dog survive for?
A lost dog can survive for a while because of their ability to hunt and adapt to their environment. However, this depends on the breed. For example, German shepherds will be able to survive longer than a Yorkshire Terrier.
What are the odds of finding a lost dog after 24 hours?
Over 90% of lost dogs are found, so your chances of finding your lost pup after 24 hours is very high.
How can I track my dog?
You can track your dog using a GPS tracker on their collar. Unfortunately, you can't use their microchip as they don't contain a GPS.
Can police help with missing dog?
It's unlikely the police can help with a missing dog. Instead, call the dog warden, veterinary practices, and animal shelters for help.