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As we all know, pets have a mind of their own and can go roaming.  Here are some tips for finding your lost pet and reducing the chance of them becoming lost to begin with.

Finding a lost pet:
  • Ring all local vets and give them as many details as possible
  • Post flyers through doors
  • Put up an advertisement in local shops
  • Put pictures and details on Facebook and encourage people to share them 
  • Place a notice in the local papers
  • You can even phone the local radio station (BBC Hereford and Worcester) who will put out an advertisement


  • Preventing your pet from getting lost:
  • Micro-chipping - A micro-chip the size of a grain of rice can be implanted using a quick injection underneath the skin. If you pet is lost and brought to a vet or rescue centre they will be scanned to see if they have a micro-chip and, if they do, the centre will contact you to let you know where your pet can be recovered. The chips usually last a lifetime and at McGettigan's they cost just £10
  • Close gates and secure holes in the garden perimetre - This sounds obvious, but small gaps in hedges and fences are easily overlooking and animals can get through some surprisingly small spaces.
  • Don't let your dog off the lead unless you trust him to come back when called - A loose and unresponsive dog is not only at risk of being lost but also of getting seriously injured by other dogs, vehicles, etc.
  • Keep cats inside for at least 3 weeks after moving house - When you move your cat will be unsettled by his new home and will not know the outside area. Keeping him in will help ensure that when you do let him out into his wider territory he knows that your new house is a safe place to return to.