Ways to start the search for your dog.

Personally I have found it's a good idea to hand out your contact details to any other dog walkers along your normal routes just in case your dog is following his nose along a favourite walk.

If you have lost a dog, contact your (if your dog is chipped) the chip company, (have the chip No. ready)then the local dog warden (check your local council website for details), and also phone vets, police, and local rescue shelters. Also contact the Lost Dog website and give them all the details. I have had success by putting an advert in my local shop (when I found a dog).

       

Also if in the Milton Keynes area notify DogWatch, they will notify all their dog walking members to keep a look out. Why not become a member to help others too.

If your dog is missing overnight try this...

 

 Contact your local rescue & see if they have a dog trap they can lend you.

Also go onto this link "Pound Dogs" it is the "Found" page of the doglost website of dogs that have been found & taken to the local pound in the hope that their owner will find them there.  ( NN7 is Forest Lodge's post code) you will need to find out what the post code is for your local pound.

If your dog has been found and isn't identified straight away, it will be sent to a dog pound that is run or funded by your local council.

Check the arrangements for your area (council website again). Collars do get lost and even microchips are sometimes not correctly detected, so don't rely on these. If at all possible, go to the pound and check the dogs there yourself.

It's not unknown for a dog to be mis-identified or wrongly described at a busy pound, if your dog is accidentally labelled "GSD x" and you phone up looking for a collie, you might never know he is there.

 If you have lost a cat (always have your cat chipped) also try vets, police and local rescue centers. (again contact your chip Co. & be ready with the chip No,) Your local council should be able to tell you if a dead cat has been picked up by their road clearing teams, if the worst has happened. Put up posters to tell your neighbours you are looking, and you may also want to try putting notes through doors and asking everyone to check their garages, sheds, and even lofts. 

As recommended by the "oldies"site

If your dog was lost while in an unfamiliar area, and you are lucky enough to find him, perhaps next time you will consider getting him a hol col !

CATS.....

If your newly homed cat has got out the door & you don't know if he will know his way back, try putting the "used cat tray" outside the door, so he has something familiar to draw him closer to home.