Every 25 seconds someone somewhere in
England and Wales dials
~ the RSPCA's national cruelty and advice
line ~ for help.
Here are the
Numbers to be used in the event of finding a stray/lost dog:
01494 586 503 (Office Hours)
01494 586 519 (Outside Normal Office Hours)
VALE DISTRICT COUNCIL
01296 585 605 (This Number is Continually Manned 24
hours a Day)
01494 421 734 (Office Hours)
01494 463 890 (Outside Normal Office Hours)
01895 837 264 (Office Hours)
01895 837 524 (Outside Normal Office Hours)
dogs found outside office hours should be
reported to the RSPCA Helpline 0300 1234 999
you find or lose a dog you should FIRST contact your local council
. Your local council is legally responsible for taking in
stray dogs and they employ a Dog Warden to do this.
is a Lost & Found Register kept for Cats, please phone Pat
and also the
Cat Protection via their website
The Society also has a Special
Operations Unit with a team of undercover
inspectors investigating a variety of illegal acts of animal cruelty including
organised dog-fighting, hunting, live transport issues, badger baiting, wild
bird trapping and puppy farming.
you lost or found your pet in the South Bucks area, you can list it on this
can list your lost Pet at
or call them on 01432 266 900
We suggest you make
sure to get a Crime Number from the Police so your loss is logged on their
computer. And remember that dogs come under the Sale of Goods Act and are
therefore a chattel or 'good' which makes the theft of a dog equal to having
your car, watch, wallet etc. stolen.
We do suggest though, when you get your dog back, remove any tag with a name
on it and replace it with one giving your own telephone number.
Knowing the name of a dog makes it so much easier for thieves.
If you believe your dog has been stolen and find the Police less than
helpful, you can always write to your
MP, c/o House of Commons, London, SW1A
So many dogs ARE
stolen these days that it might help others if the scale of the problem is
brought to the attention of authorities.
Should You Micro-Chip Your Pet?
More than 120,000 stray dogs were reported in 2000, but that figure has
since been dramatically reduced thanks to micro chipping.
All dogs and cats should be
microchipped to ensure that your pet can be returned to you if
it gets lost. Thousands of pets are lost and some are sadly stolen each year - many are
never reunited with their owners.
An owner on average has 7 days to reclaim a pet,
otherwise they are re-homed or in some cases when rescue homes are full - put to
sleep. A MORI survey published in 2000, reveals that an estimated 17,000 healthy
dogs a year are destroyed in the UK.
Lost pets often end up in animal homes that are
already filled to capacity, this can be both distressing to the animal and the
owner - especially to an older person whose only companion is their beloved cat
or dog. However, the distress to owners and their pets can be easily prevented.
A microchip is the most simple, quickest and surest way of getting a lost pet
back safe and sound.
It is a small device the size of a grain of rice
which is implanted painlessly under the animal’s skin. Once a pet is
microchipped it cannot be removed or lost like other methods of identification,
such as collars. Animal Homes, vets, police and dog wardens have scanners which
can read the microchip’s details, revealing a unique code number identifying the
owner’s name and address.
Cat With Nine Lives Is Reunited With Owner
After Nine Years ~ Owner Overjoyed To Have Cat Home Thanks To A Tiny
Wednesday 10 September 2008
couple has just about recovered from the shock of being told that their cat
was alive and well and was coming home after going missing in 1999.
Dixie the cat was picked up by RSPCA Animal Collection Officer (ACO) Alan
Pittaway last month in Linton Walk, Erdington. The ginger and brown cat had
reportedly been in the area for two months over which time its condition had
worsened. A caring local called the RSPCA asking for assistance for the
thin, matted cat.
When Alan Pittaway collected the cat he scanned it as normal for a
microchip. The cat was chipped, her named was Dixie, she was 15 years old
and was registered to a couple less than half a mile away in Ivyfield Road,
Continuing the story, ACO Pittaway said: “I was delighted that the cat was
chipped as we pick up so many animals where we have no way of knowing who
they belong to. Within half an hour of picking the cat up I was taking her
round to her stunned owners who could not believe that they were getting
their cat home after giving up hope of ever seeing her again.”
“It made my day to return Dixie to her owners. In 29 years of working for
the RSPCA I have never seen anyone so excited and happy as Mrs Delaney. I
was over the moon myself to bring their cat home so I can only imagine how
they felt seeing their cat again after all these years. I hope this story
will encourage more people to have their pets microchipped as if your pet is
chipped then you can never give up hope of being reunited with a missing
Owners of Dixie, Mr Alan and Mrs Gilly Delaney are thrilled to have welcomed
Dixie home. Mrs Delaney said: “Words cannot express how overjoyed we are to
have Dixie back. She has settled down well into our routine and is getting
used to sharing the house with the other three cats.”
“Dixie’s personality, behaviour and little mannerisms have not changed at
all. She is still a happy, contented cat who just wants to sit next to you
on the sofa and have a fuss. In fact, we don't think she has stopped purring
since she came back through the door, so we now have surround sound purring
from all of them.”
She continued: “Dixie was a rescue cat that I rehomed with her sister Pixie
when she was only six months old. As they were my first ever cats they were
always very special to me. When Dixie went missing I put up posters, knocked
on people’s doors and contacted the local papers. Someone told me that a cat
fitting the description of Dixie had been killed in a road traffic accident
so I did think she had died. We lost Pixie to cancer last year and to have
Dixie home now is a miracle.”
“We are very grateful to the lady who found her and called the RSPCA, to
everyone at the RSPCA for their dedication in finding us and to Alan for his
calm and caring presence when returning Dixie to us” said Mrs Delaney.
Anyone interested in finding out more about microchipping should contact
their local branch of the RSPCA or their vets.
couple from Dorset have been reunited with their long-lost pet after nearly
three years - all thanks to the 'magic'
of a microchip.
Brambles, a Saluki cross greyhound, was stolen from
the garden of her owners' home in Dorchester in September 2005 and had not
been seen since.
Her owners had given up hope of finding the two-year-old dog - until a lucky
coincidence brought Brambles home on Friday, 31 May.
The RSPCA received a call from a member of the public to report that some
young boys were mistreating a dog near Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.
When RSPCA Inspector John Atkinson arrived at the scene and scanned the dog
for a microchip, the results revealed that Brambles had been reported to the
Society as stolen three years previously.
An emotional reunion
Shortly afterwards, Brambles was reunited with her
owners, who now live in Blandford. Owner Sarah Thornewill said: "It was
brilliant to have Brambles back, and a very emotional moment all round.
"After so long, we thought that we would never see Brambles again, but this
just goes to show how worthwhile microchipping is."
June is National Microchipping Month
Brambles' incredible story comes during June, which is
National Microchipping Month, established by the Kennel Club and backed by
the RSPCA. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the benefits of
microchipping, which allows lost or stolen pets to be identified.
Inspector John Atkinson said: "The RSPCA has been able to reunite cats and
dogs who have been given up for lost with their owners months, or even
years, after they first went missing thanks to a microchip.
"Sadly, the Society often has to find new homes for animals because there is
no way of tracing their owners.
"In addition, I'd urge all responsible owners who have their pets
microchipped to update their details with the microchipping database
whenever they move house. It's very frustrating to find a pet with a
microchip which cannot be traced."