It might seem difficult to know what to do if you find a lost dog or cat – but remember that help is never far away.
If you’re in need of urgent support having found a lost or stray dog or cat, your first port of call should be to call your local authority, who will be able to come and collect the animal from you.
If for whatever reason this is not possible, you should take the stray to your local rescue centre. Many larger centres will accept stray dogs 24 hours a day, with others operating during normal working hours. You should always contact the centre before seeking to take an animal in.
If you’ve found a stray that is in danger, sick or injured, you should contact the RSPCA.
Larger rescue organisations may also operate a telephone line on which you can report missing or found animals within a certain area, so it is worth checking this on Google.
There is some basic advice on what to do if you find a lost dog or cat within our clickable tabs
Finally, also remember that many ADCH member organisations will also have specific pages dedicated to lost and found animals on their websites, alongside details of helplines.
I Have Found A Dog
If you take the decision to keep the dog in your home, then you should do the following:
I Have Found a Cat
My Local Rescue
Search for your local rescue here