If you have lost your pet here are a few tips to help find them

  • Contact the Fingal SPCA by calling us and then emailing us with all your pets details and pictures of your pet.   Contact other welfare group as they may have your dog or cat. Some groups, like the DSPCA keep a Lost & Found Book so give your details to them.
  • For dogs contact the local Dog Wardens
  • Contact all your local vets, to see if anyone has brought it in or has put up a notice saying they have found a dog or cat matching the description of the one you have lost.
  • Put up Posters in local Vets, Post Offices, Shops, Garda Stations, Bus Stops, etc. Put up signs on your regular walk route in case the dog has taken itself for a walk – other dog walkers may have seen it too.
  • Advertise in your local or even national newspaper.
  • Place an ad in the lost and found section of http://www.lostandfoundpets.ie or  IrishDogs.ie.
  • Post a photo and description to Facebook.Lors Lost Dog  or Lost and Found Cats Facebook Page are great Facebook pages for lost and found dogs and cats.
  • Check your local shops, post offices, etc to see if someone has put up a notice saying they have found a dog or cat matching the description of the one you have lost.
  • Contact the Local Garda Station leaving your name, phone number and a description of your pet.  You can find station information here.
  • As a last resort, contact the local County Council for your area as they remove dead animals from the roads in case the animal was involved in a car accident.
  • If you find your pet please remember to contact all the organisations and people you have told about your lost pet so they know your pet has been found and please take down all posters and signs.

Poster Guidelines

  • Include a recent photo. Give details of age, sex, neutered, colour, size and breed. If your dog is a mixed breed a photo is the best description you can give but do say whether it is a large or small dog as some photos are deceptive.
  • Don’t forget to say what area (not your address) the dog or cat went missing from and on what date.
  • Give a mobile number as the contact.
  • There is a lot of debate as to whether you should put “Reward” on the poster. Some  feel it is not necessary as the person who finds your dog or cat should be happy to return it to its rightful owner. By all means give a reward if you wish to the finder (a box of chocolates is nice!), but don’t broadcast the fact as you will be inundated with hoax calls that will upset you.

Click here for an example of a lost pet poster.


  • Get the dog or cat Microchipped. Since September 2015 it is now law that you MUST have your dog microchipped. This can be done in most vets.
  • Make sure your dog or cat is wearing a collar with a disk at ALL times.
  • Register your dog with Fido.  If you buy your pet from a breeder or someone else make sure to get your pets details updated in whichever database it was originally registered with.
  • Get the dog or cat neutered, it helps to stop them wandering and wanting to get out of the garden as well as stopping unwanted breeding and behavioural problems.
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