Lost Dog? Here’s What to Do If One of Your Dogs Becomes Lost in Melbourne

Realising that your dog is missing can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Your first priority is finding your beloved pet and getting him back home safely. Here’s what to do if you find yourself the owner of a lost dog in Melbourne.

  1. Contact local animal shelters. File a lost pet report with every shelter near your home, and visit the nearest ones every day if you can. If there is no shelter in your community, contact the local police department. In any case, notify the police if you believe your dog may have been stolen.
  2. Search the neighbourhood. Drive or walk through your neighbourhood several times per day to look for your dog – you may just spot him. Ask your neighbours, delivery drivers, and mail carriers if they have seen your dog. Have a photograph on hand along with your contact information so that if someone does find your dog, they will be able to get in touch with you.
  3. Advertise. It’s a good idea to post as many notices as possible in as many places as possible. Think about supermarkets, veterinary offices, pet supply stores, intersections, and more. You can also place ads in newspapers. Include information such as your dog’s breed, sex, age, size, and unique markings. Leave out one identifying characteristic and when someone says they have found your dog, ask them to describe it.
  4. Don’t give up. There are numerous cases of dogs who have been lost for months and then reunited with their owners. Keep in mind that even if your dog usually stays indoors, he should wear a collar and ID tag at all times just in case something happens. You can also ask your vet about microchipping. Dogs with chips and tags are much more likely to be found and brought back home.

Lost Pet Finders Helps Lost Dogs in Melbourne Find Their Way Home

For more than ten years, the team at Lost Pet Finders has been helping reunite lost dogs with their owners. We offer free listings on our website as well as an optional Pet Alert service that notifies vets, pounds, and neighbours along with Facebook posts and tips for locating a Melbourne lost dog. Many lost dogs end up in pounds every day. By using our service, you can notify pounds in your area of your lost dog and send them a description of your dog along with your contact information. You can also target neighbourhood residents to get as many people as possible keeping an eye out for your furry friend.

Lost Pet Finders is the most popular lost and found website in Australia. Our rapid mass notification system is unmatched and our geo-location-based interactive lost and found database is open to the public, so if someone finds your pet, it’s easy for them to find out who you are and how to return your pet to you. Let our years of experience help you keep your pet safe.