Each year Campbelltown North Animal Hospital (Dr Spot's) reunites many lost pets with their owners through our lost and found service. If you have lost a pet, or have found a stray pet we can check our registry for you. We record both lost pets and found pets so that pets can be reunited with their owners as soon as possible. We also recommend pet owners microchip their pets as soon as they acquire them.
IF YOU HAVE LOST A PET:
Here's a few things you can do if your pet is lost...
- Search your neighbourhood:
Walk or drive through your neighbourhood several times a day, especially early in the morning and at dusk. Ask neighbours and their children to keep a look out.
- Contact local rangers and animal shelters:
- Campbelltown City Council/Animal shelter
Rose St Campbelltown 4628 3044
- Camden City Council/Renbury farm
Bringelly Road, Rossmore 9606 6118
- Animal Welfare League
Kemps Creek 8777 4424
We encourage you to visit these shelters regularly to check for your pet as colours and breeds are open to personal interpretation and some can easily be confused. Also your pet may be missing for several days before it is finally found by someone & handed in to the nearest shelter. The more often you check these shelters the more chance you have of crossing paths with your beloved friend!!
- Put up eye catching posters:
Distribute flyers with a picture of your pet on it & your contact details. Do a letterbox drop to as many houses within a set radius of your house, and post others in as many public places you can think of.....local shops, pet stores, animal groomers, local notice boards. Feel free to place a notice on our notice board in our waiting room! The more people who see that poster, the more chance you have of someone identifying your pet!! Cats often seek shelter in backyard garden sheds and unknown to residents become trapped or locked in. So it is a good idea to ask owners to check locked sheds if your cat is missing.
- Place an Ad in the local paper:
Place an ad in the lost and found column of local newspapers. Since many papers allow people to put "found" ads for free, check newspapers daily in case someone is trying to find you!
- Check all Veterinary Clinics:
If your pet was injured he or she may have been taken to a nearby veterinarian or animal hospital before being taken to an animal shelter.
- Don't Give Up!
Some animals who have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners. Continue to search for your pet, you just never know!!
IF YOU HAVE FOUND A PET:
If you have a found an animal that appears to be lost and it does not have an identification tag with the owners contact details, there are a few things you can do:
- Take the pet to the nearest animal shelter:
The best place for a lost pet to be is the local animal shelter, because this will be the first port of call that a very distressed owner will look for their missing friend. In most cases this will be the only place that people might think to look for the missing pet.
If you keep the lost pet at home for a week or so, some owners may give up their search effort and will never be reunited with their lost pet.
- Notify the local veterinary clinics:
Most clinics will keep a log of lost and found pets.
- Place notices in and around the area where you found the lost pet
Advertise in the lost and found section of your local paper (this is a free service in most papers)
MICROCHIPPING IS THE BEST INSURANCE OF GETTING YOUR LOST PET BACK!!!
To find out more about microchipping & how we can help, visit our microchipping & registration page
The only way that you may not become reunited with your lost pet is if you don't contact the register when you have changed your address or contact phone numbers.
If you change address or telephone number it is your responsibility to contact the relevant Registry to update your details.
Central Animal records
Phone number 1800 333 202
Phone number 02 8850 6800
Australasian Animal Registry
02 9704 1450 or 1800 025 461
Why aren't pet tags sufficient identification?
Collars can fall off or be removed & details on pet tags can fade or become outdated. Ownership of your pet can be challenged if your pet has been stolen & then later recovered. Microchipping is the only way you can prove ownership of your pet.