If you have LOST your pet, please follow these steps (note that cats sometimes wander and return after a while, so do not panic yet):
- Search everywhere and keep calling him. Walk around so you can hear if he responds.
- Notify the garda to check if anybody has reported an animal they’ve found.
- Contact the Munster Lost and Found Pet Helpline (http://munsterlostandfound.com/) Lost and Found Pets in Ireland (http://www.lostandfound.ie/) and Lost and Found Pets Ireland (http://www.lostandfoundpets.ie/). Keep checking these listings.
- Contact your local rescues (see links on the right tab) by email with a photo of the pet and details about him.
- Visit the local pound on a daily basis, give them a photo and ask them to be on the look-out. You need to go there in person rather than ring.
- Call in person to all the local vets in wide area, check to see if he was handed in injured because of an accident and leave a photo of him.
- Contact the county council division looking after the roads in case they would have found an injured animal.
- Put up posters in public places and offer a reward (but DO NOT give any amount).
- Put postings on the internet (Twitter, Boards.ie, etc).
- Call to all your neighbours and check to see if he could be accidentally locked into a shed/outhouse/barn, and check if any of your close neighbours have gone on holiday and he might have gotten locked in accidentally. Talk to people and go to the places your pet usually visits.
- Did you have visitors on the day he went missing? Could he have followed them? Could he have got into their car… It happens more often that you would think.
- If you have local schools nearby, see the principal or school secretary, ask to put his photo up and ask that the kids keep a look out for him. Tell the kids there is a reward but do not say how much.
- Speak to your local postman/woman, ask him to be on the lookout and offer him a bit of money or a present. Postmen/women see far
more than people think, give him a photo of the animal and your mobile number so that he can call you immediately. If you
have a local taxi driver nearby do the same thing.
- Call the local radio (96 and 103 FM for Cork; you can also email Red FM: firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask them to say that xxxx, a much beloved animal and children’s pet, is missing and broadcast an appeal on air. They might not be able to, but they are often very helpful.
- Put ads in the local newspapers and check them in case someone would have advertised a pet they have found and taken in. The Tuesday and Friday ads carry many of these notices.
- Consider contacting a specialised company like the Pet Detective. If you want to do this, do it immediately as the chances of having a lost pet found diminish as time goes by. We can recommend http://www.happytailsdetective.com/. They know every step to take and your pet’s life maybe at stake. They might not be cheap but isn’t the life of your pet worth it ?
- Widen the net, cover a larger area and put up more posters. Keep searching; he might be injured and not able to make it home.
Check under bushes and hedges. Keep calling his name.
- Do not give up. Remember that your pet’s life depends on your perseverance.
- Remember to notify all the organisations you have contacted and take off posters once your pet has returned.
If you have FOUND an animal, follow these steps:
- If you can, take the animal to the nearest vet and ask them to check
the animal for a microchip. If he has been chipped he can be easily re-united with his owners. Your vet can help and almost all vets and all reputable welfare groups will do this check for free. Take great care when transporting the animal; if it is a cat use a secure cat carrier, if a dog use a proper lead (slip lead) which does not depend on the dogs collar, if he has one.
- Notify the garda to check if anybody has reported a missing pet.
- Contact the Munster Lost and Found Pet Helpline (http://munsterlostandfound.com/) and Lost and Found Pets Ireland (http://www.lostandfoundpets.ie/).
- Contact your local rescues (see links on the right tab) by email with a photo of the animal and details about him.
- Contact local vets.
- Put up posters in the local area.
- Put postings on the internet and advertise in the local paper.
- Do not leave the animal on the streets and keep him in a safe place. If you cannot keep him yourself, ask your friends if they could help.
- Please, remember that most rescues are run by volunteers and are under a lot of pressure. They are willing to help as much as possible, but cannot be expected to carry all these steps for each animal reported to them. Furthermore, they cannot be expected to take in all found animals as they are already caring for many animals whose lives have been endangered.