What should I do if my pet goes missing?

Posted Aug 30, 2018
Make sure you're prepared in case it happens to you
1. Keep Calm and starting searching immediately!
  • Thoroughly search the property – sometimes they can simply be hiding
  • Notify the neighbours and ask them to keep an eye out for any sightings
  • Check the places they regularly visit – I left you a list of places below
  • Call in help from family or friends
2. Make 'lost' flyers

Make sure to include your pet’s name, description and their photo. But most importantly don’t forget to include your contact details. Once you have finished the flyer do a letterbox drop or add it to your local noticeboard.

3. Contact the Councils, Vets and animal shelters

Start with the local ones and then try those outside the area. Sometimes pets wander far from home or are found by people and taken to pounds in another area.

4. Register them with the RSPCA

RSPCA Qld have a Lost and Found Service. You can register them as missing and search for them. The service is available either online or via phone on 1300 363 736

5. Get social

Use social media - search for our local suburb's lost pets group on Facebook and post your contact details and a picture. You can also write a general post on your page - just make sure it can be shared!

5. Keep Searching

Pets have been known to turn up months after going missing – please don’t give up!

Important information to put on your "Lost" poster
  1. Pet’s name 
  2. Photo section
  3. Description
    1. Sex, age, breed, weight, height, colouring 
    2. Other unique 
    3. Personality
    4. What does my pets collar look like
  4. Microchip and registration number
Who to contact
  • RSPCA Lost & Found Team 1300 363 736
  • Local contact numbers: Vets, Council, other animal rescues
  • Neighbours contact details
  • Facebook  - local lost and found pages
  • Places they are likely to go e.g. dog parks, walking routes etc.

>> Download your very own lost and found guide

Nicole Muscat
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