Today has been a very busy day at the SPA. As well as another pup arriving we have had fourteen reports of lost dogs after last night’s fireworks display. At the moment only six of the fourteen have been found so there are a lot of very worried doggy owners out there.
When disaster strikes and you lose your dog it’s very easy to fly into a blind panic and have no idea what to do. Even the best trained dogs can be distracted by a sudden noise, a really good smell, a rabbit or deer and we all know accidents do happen where a lead is dropped or a door is left open.
Most dogs come back on their own but if your dog doesn’t return here is who you need to contact with the dogs breed, colour, sex, age, identification ( microchip or tattoo number), collar and disk details.
-Let the local Mairie know.
-Contact the Police Municipal.
-Call the local vets.
-If your dog is micro chipped or tattooed call the database provider and let them know it is lost, where it went missing and make sure that they have all of your contact numbers.
-Register the lost dog on chien perdu (http://www.chien-perdu.org/) This is the French equivalent of Dog Lost UK.
-Call or email the SPA Carcassonne 0468253545 / email@example.com
-Visit the SPA in person. Take a photo and leave details of you dog and your contact details. Walk around the kennels and look in each cage. Return in a few days and do the same. Keep going back.
If you French isn’t good enough to do these things don’t despair, we will help. We have numerous English volunteers who will assist. Just drop us an email or when calling the refuge give the receptionist your number and an English speaker will call you back.
Posters are a great idea and you can print them directly from the chien perdu site. Speak to other dog walkers and let everyone know to keep their eyes open.
If your dog is micro chipped and it’s a British Chip the refuges or vets here will struggle to locate your details. Even if we can see that the dog is registered for example with Pet Log, you are reliant on refuge staff or the vet speaking English so that they can contact them. We are lucky as we do have English speakers but many refuges don’t. There is a very easy solution to this. You can register the dogs chip on the French system whilst leaving it on the British one. Any vets can give you the forms to do this and means that if your dog is lost in France you can be contacted very quickly!
Adele, 4 months old pup who arrived today.