If your dog is lost or stolen! #PetTheftReform

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• If your dog is microchipped please let the microchip company know that your dog is missing and check that all your details are up to date.

• If your dog has been stolen inform the police immediately and obtain a crime reference number (CRN). Send an email to stolen@doglost.co.uk.

• Register on DogLost.co.uk they have police coordinators and their website is recognised as a leading database of missing pets. A photograph of your dog is essential for the website.

• Contact dog wardens, vets and local rescue centres, and in Scotland, the Police. Give a detailed description with any distinguishing marks/scars or send them a copy of your DogLost poster.

• Owners targeted by a malicious hoaxer demanding money for the return of their dog should phone the police on 101 immediately and contact investigations@doglost.co.uk

• If your dog is picked up and taken to rescue kennels, they can be legally re-homed after seven days. Visit rescue centres in person and do not rely on checking by phone alone. Other people may not recognise your dog by your description, so give them a DogLost poster.

• Use social media, there are many missing pet groups from across the UK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

• DogLost is free and anyone asking for money to find or return your dog is not volunteering for us. If you are concerned about an approach you have received, please call our helpline on 01633 668 364. Lines are open seven days a week 08:00-20:00.

IF YOUR DOG OR CAT DISAPPEARED TODAY:

• Do you know your pets microchip number and what microchip database they are registered on?

• Take your pet to the vet to be scanned, free of charge, they will give you your pets microchip number

• Check your pet’s microchip is registered on a UK database on the Government’s link:- https://www.gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped

• Check your microchip registration online at https://www.check-a-chip.co.uk

Take care and keep safe

Please sign this petition to get the microchip system working:- https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/551556

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