WHAT TO DO WITH A FOUND PET

A few tips to make sure you do the right thing

 

  • CONTAIN THE PET

    Try to contain the pet so that it is safe and cannot escape again if it is safe for you to do so
     
  • LOOK FOR TAGS

    Look for tags with a phone number or a council registration number and call your nearest council
     
  • AVOID ASSUMPTIONS

    Do not assume that the pet has been abandoned or mistreated if it looks worse for wear. It may have been missing for a long period of time
     
  • LIST AS 'FOUND' ON MAJOR REGISTERS

    Take a picture and register the pet on Lost Pet Finders asap, put an ad on Gumtree. or any other website like Nabo or Nextdoor
     
  • REVIEW MATCHES VIA PET RADAR

    Everyone who lists a found pet on LPF can immediately review potential matches for their area via their Pet Radar and receive new matches via email.
     
  • DOOR KNOCK

    Try door knocking in the immediate vicinity of where the pet was found if you feel comfortable doing so
     
  • TAKE TO A VET

    Take it to your local vet to scan for a microchip. Be aware: some vets are required by the council to seize a pet and surrender it to the council pound
     
  • CALL THE COUNCIL

    Can't take it to a vet? Call your local council and see if a ranger can pick the pet up and take it to a pound
     
  • CHECK FOR OUTSIDE CAGES

    Stuck with a found pet on a weekend or a public holiday? Some pounds have outside cages where you can drop your found pet off 24/7
     
  • LOOK OUT FOR POSTERS

    Look out for lost pet posters in public places like supermarkets and etc in your local area
     
  • PRINT FLYERS

    Print free found pet flyers from Your Account on the website and distribute them around
     
  • ALERT FACEBOOK

    Get a free instant facebook post on Facebook as soon as you register your found pet with Lost Pet Finders. Access the comments via the website even if you are not on facebook.
     
  • SHARE FAR AND WIDE

    Share your found pet Facebook post on other local and national lost pet groups and pages. See the list.
     
  • VERIFY OWNERSHIP

    Keep some features of your found pet a secret to verify if the people claiming the pet are the true owners

  • DO NOT REHOME

    Never try to re-home a found pet, it may have owners that are heartbroken and are still looking for the little member of their family


We would like to thank you for taking care of a pet you found and for all your efforts in finding its owners. You can make all the difference to someone’s long days of despair and bring happy tears of reunion.


MORE FOUND PET TIPS

Other steps you need to take