Helping our companion animals
Thousands of animals going missing every year and become lost or even stolen. Having them microchipped gives them the best chance of being identified and returned back to you.
When an animal is scanned for a microchip the owner’s data gets matched, therefore keeping the information up to date with your contact details is vital.
In the UK it’s a legal requirement to microchip any dog. To arrange micro-chipping for your dog, visit your local veterinarian. Animal shelters and charities also offer micro-chipping.
Some owners may not microchip their pet or provide any identification tags or collars. If you find an animal who doesn’t have any identification, a visit to your local vet to check for a chip would be a good next step.
What happens if the animal has no ID? Sadly, there are many who don’t so it’s important to do everything you can to check if the animal has an guardian.
Lost and Found websites will post updates about animals from owners and people who have lost or found animals.
Consider putting up some leaflets or posters around the area where they were found. For the advert include a clear description of the animal including approximate age and where the animal was found, always include a telephone number too. A good idea is to make the leaflet waterproof.
If you have tried all these important steps and still no luck with reuniting the cat with its owners, the animal may be homeless.
An animal needs a home, somewhere where they can feel happy, safe and protected. Perhaps you yourself could adopt them? But if you cannot, maybe a trusted friend or family member might consider adopting them.
If there is no one, consider getting in touch with your RSPCA or animal shelter for advice on the next steps.
Animals are vulnerable and it’s really important we do all we can to help them, especially when they may be homeless, they need our help.