Lost & Found

What to do if your beloved pet is missing

If you have lost your pet, you should first upload their details on the ISPCA ‘Report Lost’ tab on our website here. You will be asked for information like the sex, age, breed, and recent photo of your pet, as well as your contact details. The Lost & Found section of our website receives a huge level of traffic every day, so it greatly increases your chances of finding your pet. Once you have submitted a lost pet form, you can have a look through the ‘Found’ section of our website here to see if anybody has reported finding your pet.

If you have lost a dog, contact the local Dog Wardens in the area and provide the same information to them as you did on the lost pets form (sex, age, breed and description of your dog, as well as your contact details). You should also contact your local vets, local SPCAs and animal rescue centres to see if they have found your pet (list of ISPCA affiliated members here).

You should post a photo and description of your pet on your own Facebook and other social media outlets and ask your friends and family to share it around to see if anybody has found your pet. In addition, you can put up posters around the area where your dog went missing, as well as in your local vet, shops, and Garda station. When making the posters, ensure that all of the information and photos are up to date, and describe any distinguishing features. Do not put your full address on the poster, but rather leave a mobile number. We would encourage you not to mention a reward on your posters, as if your pet is found by a member of the public they should be happy to return your pet to you regardless. A reward may result in unwanted attention, and you can provide a small token of gratitude if your pet is returned to you without mentioning it in the poster.

If you find your pet, please remember to remove all posters and contact the people you talked to when your pet was lost to let them know you they have been found. If you utilized the ISPCA Lost Pets page, please email the link of your appeal to info@ispca.ie so they can remove the posting. It is important to send the link, as it can be difficult to detemine which article pertains to your pet otherwise. 

Please ensure that all of your pets are microchipped and that the microchip details are up to date, as this greatly increases the chances of your pet being returned to you in the event they go missing. All vets, dog wardens, SPCAs, and other animal rescue groups will scan for a microchip when an animal is brought in to them, so if your details are up to date you may be swiftly reunited with your pet. You should also have a tag with up to date contact details attached to your pets’ collar in the event they are found by a member of the public. 

What to do if you find a pet

If you find an animal that you think is a lost pet, you can first submit their information to the ISPCA ‘Report Found’ tab on our website here. You will be asked for information like the sex, breed, description and a photo of the animal you have found, as well as the location of where you found them. Once you have completed this, have a look through the ‘Lost’ section of the website as the pet you found may have been reported lost.

Bring the lost animal to a local vet, ISPCA, local animal rescue centre, or to the dog warden so that they can be scanned for a microchip. If you are unable to keep the animal in your home until you find the owner, see if your local SPCA or animal rescue centre is able to take them, otherwise you must bring them to the local pound where they will be kept for a minimum of 5 days. 

All found dogs must legally be reported to the local dog warden, so please make sure you do this as soon as possible. If you are planning to keep the animal in your home until you find the owner, you can post a photo and description to Facebook and other social media outlets and ask your friends and family to share. You can also make posters and put them up in your local vet, shops, Garda station, and in the area where you found the pet. It is best to not give a full description of the pet, so that you can verify that the true owner has contacted you by asking them to describe a distinguishing feature not mentioned in the poster. 

You can also ask people in the area where you found the dog if they recognise it and know who the animal belongs to. 

If you find the owner, remember to contact the people who you spoke to when you found the animal to let them know it has been reunited with its’ owner. If you found a dog, no owner is found and you wish to keep them, you must license the dog after 28 days in your care, and also ensure that it is microchipped with up to date details.