WHAT TO DO IF YOUR DOG IS LOST OR STOLEN
Keep calm but act quickly. The quicker you act now the better the chance of getting your dog back.
Report it to the police immediately and make sure you ask for a Crime Reference Number.
Report it to your Local Authority's Dog Warden service. Remember, due to new legislation, the police now transfer all responsibility for lost and found pets to the local dog wardens.
If your dog is microchipped, report it to one of the 5 databases as soon as possible which are: Petlog, Anibase, PETtrac, PetProtect and SmartChip. If your dog is tattooed, report it to the National Dog Tattoo Register.
Check with your local branch of the RSPCA, as well as local animal rescue centres. A visit to local dog rescues in person to check similar dogs in their care may be in your best interest because some dogs appearances can change over time eg: coat longer, shorter, dirtier, weight changes etc.
Contact family and friends and start an immediate search of the area.
Inform your vets and as many local practices as you can.
Get online. Social networking sites allow information to travel very quickly and within hours your entire area can be on alert looking for your dog. There are a number of search and rescue sites which may be able to help. Register your dog on www.doglost.co.uk and visit their site for help. Put pictures on Facebook of your dog and ask your friends to share. Tweet too.
Contact Dog TAG if you would like us to create a poster of your missing dog for you to print out and share on social media sites. Our team will also help advise and support you where possible and help raise your dog's profile via our social media sites and networking opportunities with other dog welfare sites and contacts.
Check with your local community. Neighbours, postal workers,milkman, shops, post offices, and other businesses can help by keeping a look out too.
Hand out flyers & posters of your missing dog in your local area. Ask people to check their gardens, garages and sheds. Someone may have seen something.
Don't be afraid to approach the local media. Newspapers, radio stations and even television could help to publicise your missing dog.
If your dog is snatched try to take photographs of any vehicles used in the crime. Write down as much info as you can straight away about the incident.