Lost an Animal

If your pet goes missing it's important that you try a variety of methods to get them back home safely and don't just rely on one method to work. We recommend the following:

UPDATE YOUR DETAILS:

Make sure your contact details are up-to-date on the microchip register.and the council's dog registration database. The vets and the SPCA will scan incoming animals for a microchip and check dog registration tags and get in touch

KNOCK ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS' DOORS:

Knock on doors in your street/neighbourhood and tell them about the animal you're looking for (give them a flyer as well). Ask them to check their garden sheds and garages or anywhere else that your pet may have decided to hide

CREATE A FLYER:

Make a flyer with a clear picture and description. Distribute it locally via notice boards, mailboxes, neighbours, community centres etc.

VISIT THE VETS:

Call all local vet clinics and drop in to see them with a flyer - many of them have lost and found boards

USE SOCIAL MEDIA:

Embrace the power of social media to spread the word. There are plenty of lost and found pages on Facebook that can be used. Ask your friends to share your posts as well, this will get them seen by the maximum number of people.

PETS ON THE NET:

We list every incoming stray animal on www.petsonthenet.co.nz. Check the 'found' listings and create a 'lost' listing at This is a national database and the key website we recommend everyone checks the 'found' listings and creates a 'lost' listing of their own.

CONTACT THE COUNCIL:

If your dog has been found stray or wandering then it may have been impounded. Contact the council for more details. You may also want to visit your local council animal shelter with a flyer to put on their lost board

CHECK YOUR OLD HOUSE:

If you've recently moved house then your pet might have tried to find their way 'home'. Talk to the new occupants and your old neighbours, give them a flyer and ask them to check garden sheds, garages etc.

USE FAMILIAR SOUNDS:

Go out around your neighbourhood at night, when it's quiet, and call your animal. Shaking biscuits or treats can help as well.

CHECK TRADE ME:

Look on the Trade Me Lost & Found section to see if anyone is advertising that they have found your pet.

DON'T GIVE UP:

It's important to keep trying to look for your lost pet. Animals (especially cats) can often go missing for a number of days or even weeks before they show up again out of the blue.

Report cruelty

How to report cases of animal cruelty or what to do if you're concerned about the welfare of an animal

Found an animal

What to do if you have found a sick, injured, lost or stray animal

Animal Care

Learn about caring for your pet as well as legal Minimum Standards for care.