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Lost an Animal

Lost an Animal

If your pet goes missing it's important that you try a variety of methods to get them back home safely and don't just rely on one method to work. We recommend the following:

Update your details

Make sure your contact details are up-to-date on the microchip register and your local council's dog registration database. The vets and the SPCA will scan incoming animals for a microchip and check dog registration tags and get in touch.

Create a flyer

Make a flyer with a clear picture and description. Distribute it locally via notice boards, mailboxes, neighbours, community centres etc.

Knock on your neighbours' doors

Knock on doors in your street/neighbourhood and tell them about the animal you're looking for (give them a flyer as well). Ask them to check their garden sheds and garages or anywhere else that your pet may have decided to hide.

Visit the vets

Call all local vet clinics and drop in to see them with a flyer - many of them have lost and found boards.

Use social media

Embrace the power of social media to spread the word. There are plenty of lost and found pages on Facebook that can be used. Ask your friends to share your posts as well, this will get them seen by the maximum number of people.

Pets on the Net

We list every incoming stray animal on Check the 'found' listings and create a 'lost' listing at This is a national database and the key website we recommend everyone checks the 'found' listings and creates a 'lost' listing of their own.

Contact the council

If your dog has been found stray or wandering then it may have been impounded. Contact your local council for more details. You may also want to visit your local council animal shelter with a flyer to put on their lost board.

Check your old house

If you've recently moved house then your pet might have tried to find their way 'home'. Talk to the new occupants and your old neighbours, give them a flyer and ask them to check garden sheds, garages etc.

Use familiar sounds

Go out around your neighbourhood at night, when it's quiet, and call your animal. Shaking biscuits or treats can help as well.

Check Trade Me

Look on the Trade Me Lost & Found section to see if anyone is advertising that they have found your pet.

Don't give up

It's important to keep trying to look for your lost pet. Animals (especially cats) can often go missing for a number of days or even weeks before they show up again out of the blue.