What To Do With A Found Pet
A few tips to make sure you do the right thing
CONTAIN THE PET
Try to contain the pet so that it is safe and cannot escape again if it is safe for you to do so
PUT A FREE AD UP
Take a picture and register the pet on Lost Pet Finders asap
REVIEW MATCHES VIA PET RADAR
Receive potential new lost pet reports for review that could be a match. Your listing will also be sent to people who reported a similar pet as lost in the same area
LOOK FOR TAGS
Look for tags with a phone number or a council registration number and call your nearest council
Do not assume that the pet has been abandoned or mistreated if it looks worse for wear. It may have been missing for a long period of time
Try door knocking in the immediate vicinity of where the pet was found if you feel comfortable doing so
TAKE TO A VET
Take it to your local vet to scan for a microchip. Be aware: some vets are required by the council to seize a pet and surrender it to the council pound
CALL THE COUNCIL
Can't take it to a vet? Call your local council and see if a ranger can pick the pet up and take it to a pound
CHECK FOR OUTSIDE CAGES
Stuck with a found pet on a weekend or a public holiday? Some pounds have outside cages where you can drop your found pet off 24/7
LOOK OUT FOR POSTERS
Look out for lost pet posters in public places like supermarkets and etc in your local area
Print free found pet flyers from Your Account on the website and distribute them around
Get a free instant facebook post on Lost Pet Finders NZ as soon as you register your found pet. Access the comments via the website even if you are not on facebook.
SHARE FAR AND WIDE
Share your found pet Facebook post on other local and national lost pet groups and pages. See the list.
Keep some features of your found pet a secret to verify if the people claiming the pet are the true owners
DO NOT REHOME
Never try to re-home a found pet, it may have owners that are heartbroken and are still looking for the little member of their family
We would like to thank you for taking care of a found pet and for your efforts to find its owners. You can make all the difference to someone’s long days of despair and bring happy tears of reunion.
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