From time to time dachshunds go missing. Here is a crib sheet on the steps to take when trying to find your missing companion.
Get the world looking for youCollate the following information so you can get everyone you know on the lookout;
- dog name
- if the dog was wearing a collar and tag
- if the dog is micro-chipped
- if the dog is sterilised
- suburb and street the dog went missing from
- where the dog was last seen
- how to get in touch with you with any details
- a photo that will help people recognise your dog
- Your vet
- The ranger
If your dog has gone missing in another area, contact both your home ranger and the ranger in the area the dog went missing.
- The police if you have reason to believe your dog has been stolen.
- Your micro-chip company. If your dog is micro-chipped, make sure your details are up-to-date, and let the micro-chip company know your dogs is missing.
- Desperate pets mailing list http://lists.murdoch.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/desperatepets
- Contact local community newspapers and radio stations
PostThere are a stack of facebook groups that can help you find your dog;
Pets of Perth has over 20,000 likes, which means you have an extra 20,000 eyes around Perth looking out for you dog.
Post on our Long Dogs WA facebook group.
Let us know by emailing email@example.com or by posting in our facebook group.We often have members volunteer to help look and distribute flyers in the area.
- Create a "Help find fido"... facebook page for your pet. This should be seperate to your personal facebook account. To see an example site check out Rupert's https://www.facebook.com/HelpFindRupert. Ask everyone you know to share it. Make sure you have copies of your flyer here for people to download.
- Gumtree - http://www.gumtree.com.au/p-post-ad.html get a lost ad up on gumtree under Pets - Lost and Found. Also, check the found ads on Gumtree in case someone is already trying to get you and your dog back together.
- Western Australia lost Pet Register - https://www.facebook.com/Lostpetsin
- Pounds and shelters in your area.
Surprisingly not everyone knows what a dachshund looks like - especially a long haired. The description you give might not match what busy pound staff see.
- your neighbours
- the postie
- the garbage guys
- courier companies
- fellow dog walkers
Distribute flyers and postersCreate a flyer to hand out and posters to put up in public places. Here is a template you can use to create a flyer. If you don't have a printer, places like libraries and Officeworks and Snap printing offer these services. Save yourself some money - smaller black and white flyers get the information out just as well for letter box drops as A4 colour.
Letter box drop in the area the dog went missing. Put up posters in shopping centres, vets, schools, garages, pet supply stores, fast food store, supermarkets, groomers.
General adviceDon't be afraid to ask for help. There are lots of people out there who have been through this and many of them are keen to help others in the same situation. Don't be put off my the 1% of people you talk to who will try and make you feel guilty about how the dog went missing. Focus on finding your dachshund and keep thinking positively.
Here are some contact details that may be useful. If you see one of these links is broken, please let us know so we can update it.
Poundswww.bassendean.wa.gov.au Ranger 9377 7480 (held RSPCA Malaga)
www.belmont.wa.gov.au. Ranger 9477 7224 (held at Julies Kennels Malaga)
www.claremont.wa.gov.au. Ranger 9285 4300 (held at Swanbourne Vet Centre)
www.cottesloe.wa.gov.au. Ranger 9285 5070
www.eastfremantle.wa.gov.au Ranger 9339 9316 held Dogs Refuge Home, Shenton Park
www.joondalup.wa.gov.au Ranger 9400 4960 or 1300 655 860 (held RSPCA Malaga)
www.fremantle.wa.gov.auwww.kalamunda.wa.gov.au. Ranger 9257 9999
www.mosmanpark.wa.gov.au. (held Dogs Refuge Home, Shenton Park)
www.nedlands.wa.gov.au (held at Swanbourne Vet Centre)
www.peppermintgrove.wa.gov.au (held at Dogs refuge Shenton Park)
www.southperth.wa.gov.au Ranger 9474 0777 or Pound 9474 1106
www.subiaco.wa.gov.au Ranger 9237 9222 (held Dogs Refuge Home, Shenton Park)
www.swan.wa.gov.auwww.vincent.wa.gov.au Ranger 9273 6000 aft hrs 9273 6061 or Pound 9444 9011
*Phone / visit the shelters - even those that post pictures of impounded dogs may not do so frequently.
Shelters used by the Pounds
- Dogs' Refuge Home, 30 Lemnos Street, Shenton Park. 9381 8166
- RSPCA, 108 Malaga Drive, Malaga 9209 9300
- Julies Kennels 12 Midas Road, Malaga WA 6090. 9 249 1270
- Swanbourne Veterinary Centre, 2 Devon Road, Swanbourne, 9384 2644
Dog Rescue Groupswww.dogrescuesouthwest.com located Bunbury area
www.petrescue.com.au Julies Kennels, Malaga 9 249 1270
Lost and surrendered dogs
- Desperate for Love www.facebook.com/pages/Desperate-for-Love-Dog-Pound-Rescue
- Stirling ACF www.facebook.com/StirlingACF
- Dogs Refuge Home www.facebook.com/dogsrefugehome
- Perth Pets in Need https://www.facebook.com/perthpetsinneed
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Dogs often go missing when scared, set off by fireworks or other events. Dogs frequently go missing when their owners are away. Make sure if you are going away that the contact details for your dog are still going to work if the worst happens.
Good fencing, padlocks on gates, microchips with correct details and a collar with contact details could all save you the heartache of looking for a lost pet.
If you hear that someone has lost a pet, offer to help. This might be as simple as sharing a facebook post, helping make calls to vets and rangers, or helping to letter box drop. You just never know when you might be the one asking for help.
Other links to tips on finding lost pets
If you know of any other tips, sites or resources that would help someone looking for a lost pet, please let us know.
Thanks to Jolene for compiling much of this information for us.