It can take time for a lost pet to be found and taken to a shelter or pound. Persist with your search and regularly check shelters and pounds, even if your pet isn’t there right away.
Make sure your contact details on your pet’s identification are current, including their microchip details. If your pet is microchipped, wearing an identification tag and your contact details are up-to-date, this will give you the best chance of a prompt reunion. But, it’s still important for you to visit shelters and pounds.
Search the neighbourhood
Conduct a thorough search of your property and neighbourhood. Remember to check garden sheds, garages, buildings, reserves, parks, schoolyards, beaches, rivers and creeks.
Contact vet clinics in your area and those in surrounding communities, in case someone has picked them up and taken them to a vet.
Do a door-knock and/or letterbox drop in your area.
What to do if you have found a pet
Contain the animal with care
If you find a stray pet who appears to be friendly, contain them with care if it is safe to do so. Only ever approach a stray pet slowly and cautiously, speaking in a calm and gentle voice. Dogs can be secured with a leash or in a secure yard, while cats can be contained in a carrier or secure, well-ventilated box and placed in a small room of the house.
If the pet has an ID tag, contact the owner to let them know you have found their pet. If you are unable to immediately reach the owner, you can wait a few hours for them to call you back. Remember to notify the local council and animal shelters in case the owner calls or goes there to search for their pet.