Nothing is more traumatic than losing your dog, both for the dog and the owner. To minimize the probability of that happening and to ensure a higher chance of locating him should the unthinkable happen,
Before you lose your dog
- Have clear pictures of your dog taken, with front and side profiles seen clearly. This is in case you need to broadcast pamphlets of your lost dog.
- Have your dog microchipped, as the various animal welfare organizations will have the vets scan for the ID microchip should he be found
- If the dog is left in the home without your supervision, especially in landed properties with domestic helpers, put a collar with a contact number in case he slips out or the door is not shut properly
- Never leave your dog unleashed when you bring him out for a walk, even if he is able to walk to heel. Distractions can come in the way of small animals or strange objects or noises, which can cause your dog to bolt. Use an extendable leash if you wish for your dog to have more freedom.
If you have lost your dog
- If it is within the few hours, immediately search the surrounding areas, activate as many friends, family as you can to help, ask passer-bys for clues, try to put yourself in your dog’s shoes, and think whether he will hide somewhere (homely character) or continue running (nervous character) and search accordingly.
- Call the SPCA (Tel: 6287 5355) and AVA (Tel: 1800 476 1600) to check if someone has reported a dog found. Give a precise descripton of the dog, especially if there are any distinctive physical or character traits. Go down personally with a few pictures and insist politely that they check their kennels
- Make posters of your dog with clear pictures of your dog showing the front and side profile, and indicate date and location where he was lost, gender, size, color of the dog and distinct physical or character traits.Put up these posters in the vicinity (1 km radius) where he was lost, at lift landings, lamposts, etc.
- Place an advertisement in the classified section of the Straits Times stating date and location where he was lost, gender, size, color of the dog and distinct physical or character traits. Offer an undisclosed amount of reward as an enticement.
If you have found a dog
- Check for injuries, general health of the dog. If possible give food and water to the dog. If dog is injured, send it to the vet immediately
- Check for any form of identification, e.g., collars with ID tags, AVA license tag etc. Call the owners and hold onto the dog in the meantime
- Call the SPCA (Tel: 6287 5355) and AVA (Tel: 1800 476 1600) and see if anyone has reported a dog missing. Look through the classified section under Lost & Found to see if anyone has posted a lost dog
- If possible call a vet and see if you can bring it in for the dog to be scanned for a microchip ID
- Make posters of the dog and indicate date and location where he was found, and a contact number for the owner to call. If it is a pedigree, do read the next point for some precautions to be observed
- Put up these posters in the vicinity (1 km radius) where he was found, at lift landings, lamposts, etc.
- Place an advertisement in the Classified Section of the Straits Times under the Lost and Found Section. It is free of charge. Ask them to run the ad for 3 days. Give details as to where the dog was found, color and size of the dog. Do not give the gender of the dog nor any distinctive markings on the dog. This can be verified by the genuine owners who call up. Beware of unscrupulous people calling to offer their help to ‘adopt’ or ‘take care’ of the dog. These are people that may breed or resell the dog
- If after a week, there are no claims to the dog, you may want to put the dog up for adoption. You can call us at 92590698 for a further discussion on this