What to do if you have lost your pet

There are quite a few things that you can do which may help you find your pet more quickly:

  • Even though it is a distressing time, it is important to try not to panic. Take a few minutes to double check any usual places your pet could be hiding - you would be surpised how many calls PETtrac receive from pet owners reporting their pets missing only to find them 5 minutes later in the shed or under a bed.
  • Make sure that the contact details are correct on your pet's MicroChip, and report your pet missing to the microchip database.
  • Notify your local dog/animal warden that your pet is missing.
  • Contact rescue organisations such as RSPCA, SSPCA, Cats Protection and local rescue centres.
  • Get in touch with your local vet practices in case someone has reported your pet found to them.
  • Use posters and flyers within your neighbourhood, and contact neighbours who may have seen your pet.

Additionally, if your dog is missing:

  • You can contact the police, especially if you suspect your dog has been stolen
  • If your dog is missing whilst out walking, talk to other dog walkers

Additionally, if your cat is missing:

  • Ask neighbours to check sheds, garages and conservatories, where your cat could be hiding
  • Try calling your cat, particularly when your cat would normally be coming home for food and listen to see if they respond to your calls