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Things you can do to prevent your pet getting lost

There is nothing worse than being in a terrible situation and knowing you could have done more to prevent it. This list provides some ideas of things you may like to do now to help increase your chances if your pet goes missing later on.

  • Microchip your pet and keep your details updated. Details needing updating include: new phone numbers, addresses, owners.

  • Register your pet with your local council. If the council know the pet existed and have the microchip numbers on their register - they are more likely to call you if they find it.

  • Have updated coloured photos of them. You should also have photos of any specific markings.

  • Ensure they are wearing a collar with tag. Make sure your updated contact details are on the tag. If the collar is getting a bit old and fray, update that too! That will help ensure the collar doesn't break and fall off if the dog goes missing.

  • Keep pets inside during storms, neighbourhood parties, or fireworks. A lot of animals go missing during storms and around New Years Eve and other events due to their very sensitive hearing. Keep your pet secured (preferably indoors) during these times, and where possible stay home with them. If you are having a party at your house consider putting signs on gates advising people to keep the gates closed or place your pet in an area of the house that party-goers are not to access.

  • Place signs on gates. This will help to ensure people visiting your house will keep the gates closed.
  • Keep your dog active by taking it for walks and providing toys. This will prevent him from getting bored and digging holes under fences etc.

  • Keep fences secure. Ensure all palings are fixed and that gates have locks

  • Do not keep things near fences so that the dog/cat can climb over

  • Ensure holes under fences are covered in. Regularly check these holes as pets like to dig!

  • Know your neighbours and introduce them to your pet, so they know its yours.

  • Keep cats in cat enclosures if they spend time outdoors.  Ensure there is enough shade, water and access to food for the duration they spend in there (which should not be too long).

  • Use a leash when walking your pet

  • Keep pets inside at night. We don't know what will happen at night, a stray animal may come into the yard, an intruder, a storm - anything that may scare your pet and cause them to jump a fence and run away. Its amazing the heights animals can jump when they have adrenalin behind them. And all of this may occur whilst you're asleep! Also, cats are more likely to wander at night than during the day - increasing their chances of being hit by a car, picked up by someone else or lost.
  • Train your pet to “wait”, “stop”, “sit” when called.

  • Interact with your pet often & show it lots of love! Who would run away from home and not return if they have a loving home already?

  • Track your pets movements! Consider purchasing a pet-tracker that allows your pets location to be sent via GPS that is placed on their collar. Alternatively, house hold security cameras can allow you to check on your pet when you're not home.

  • When going on holidays, have a "puppy/kitty profile" in case the temporary carers lose your cat. They can then use this profile to provide to all local vets, pounds etc. You should also be sure that all of the above information is checked-off/informed to the carer before leaving your pet with someone else
  • Desex your pet! Did you know that desexing your pet (especially cats) can reduce their need to wander? They are likely to travel less distances when they are desexed.


Hopefully one day the above tips will help find your pet! You will be grateful!

If not, check out our How to find your lost pet page.