Losing your pet, even for a short time, can be very distressing. The following are a few tips to help you in case this ever happens you, or someone you know.
Remember, under Irish law all dogs must be microchipped, and you should remember to keep your contact details up to date.
Get the word out
As soon as you realise your pet is missing get the word out. Talk to neighbours, a cat can easily get locked accidently in a shed. Talk to dog walkers in your area, they may have seen your lost pet. Don’t forget to contact your local vet (Golden Pages listings) to see if anyone has brought a missing pet in to them.
Contact your local Garda Station (search garda.ie for your local Garda Station).
If you’ve lost a dog contact Westmeath Dog Pound.
The Dog Pound is run by the County Council and is open to the public on Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings from 10am – 12noon. It is located in Zone B, Mullingar Business Park, Mullingar.
Contact number: 044 93 32166.
There is also a volunteer-run facebook page you can contact :https://www.facebook.com/MullingarDogShelter/
In order to reclaim a dog from the pound you will need
Certificate of Registration of Micropchipping (in the absence of a certificate of registration photographic identification i.e. passport or driving licence and proof of address i.e., utility bill, is required)
Reclaiming fee (fee plus kennel fees)
Contact the County Council, they collect bodies and will be aware of any road traffic collisions in the area. Tel : 044-9332000 or via their contact page online.
Put up posters,
include a photo. The more recent the better.
Give details to help people identify your pet, eg age, sex, colour, size, breed. If you’ve lost a mixed breed try and describe the dog as best you can. Don’t forget to say how big or small your dog is, it can be hard to tell from some photographs.
Don’t forget to add your contact details, preferably a mobile number.
Put posters up in local shops, pet shops, vets, shopping centres, community spaces such as your local library, or community hall might also have a noticeboard you could use.
Share the information online. Post it Facebook/Twitter etc., you can set up a Facebook page for just this purpose if you are worried about your online privacy. Don’t forget to make any Lost Pet related Facebook posts public so that others can share them. “Lors lost dogs page” Facebook page is a great way to share your missing dogs information.
There are also a number of other website to help reunite lost pets with their owners, e.g.
Contact local organisations such as Westmeath SPCA
Send all the details of your lost pet, with recent photographs if possible. We will put this up on our website & social media pages.You can contact us via Facebook message, via Twitter (direct message us here) or by email : email@example.com
Other animal welfare groups, especially if you are near a border with another county.
Keep in Contact
Remember to keep in contact with anyone that you have asked for help, including the Gardaí and the Pound. Check in with your “other” messages on Facebook or your spam folder in your email, if you have given that as a contact option.
Don’t forget to take down any listings when you find your pet, and update any organisations you’ve alerted so they can do the same.