Losing a dog is one of the most distressing things an owner can go through. We have seen lots of reports of lost and stolen dogs recently, which is devastating. We have been out helping a couple of our adopters find their missing dogs in the last month or so. Most of the time we have a very happy ending but recently, one of our rescues was killed on a railway line. We will never forget gorgeous Kyra and she has inspired us to put together this advice.
How to avoid losing your dog
Some dogs are flighty, jumpy or nervous and can easily slip pout of a collar or harness if spooked.
My dog is missing - what do I do?
Should I organise a search?
Many dogs will be spooked by lots of people out calling their name so searches need to be handled very carefully and sensitively. However, having lots of people on the look-out can be good. We always advise anyone searching for a dog to avoid calling the dogs name and just to wander around the local area on the look-out, whilst putting up posters. If they spot your dog and it doesn’t come to them, they should call the owner and report the sighting. Being very careful not to frighten the dog is key here – dogs can travel a long distance in a short time so the main aim is to get the owner on site at that specific location asap.
All dogs are different and some will come to a stranger for a treat or food so you will need to make a judgement on how active you want the search volunteers to be.