From time to time dachshunds go missing, here is an info sheet on the steps to take when trying to find your missing dog.
SOCIAL MEDIA - Get the world looking for you!
Things social media needs to know about you dog to help find them…
Ø Collar & Tag
Ø Where and when went missing?
Ø Where was the dog last seen?
Ø Your contact details
Ø A photograph of the dog
Post this info to
Ø Pets of Perth https://www.facebook.com/petsofperth
Ø Pets of Perth Lost & Found https://www.facebook.com/groups/petsofperthlaf/?ref=br_rs
Ø Lost & Found Pets in Perth https://www.facebook.com/groups/LostandFoundPetsinPerth/
Ø Also your area might have a Facebook page such as Freo has https://www.facebook.com/search/str/freo+massive/keywords_groups
type your area into the search bar of facebook and see if you have a similar one
CONTACT YOUR VET AND THE LOCAL RANGER!
Ø Pounds and shelters in your area.
Surprisingly not everyone knows what a dachshund looks like - especially a long haired. The description you give might not match what busy pound staff see.
Ø Local dog parks or places you usually go on your walks
Ø your neighbours
Ø the postie
Ø the garbage guys
Ø courier companies
Ø fellow dog walkers
Any of them may have seen something that might point you in the right direction. Give them flyers to keep your dog's details front of mind.
Create a flyer to hand out and posters to put up in public places.
If you don't have a printer, places like libraries and Officeworks and Snap printing offer these services. Save yourself some money - smaller black and white flyers get the information out just as well for letter box drops as A4 colour.
Letter box drop in the area the dog went missing. Put up posters in shopping centres, vets, schools, garages, pet supply stores, fast food store, supermarkets, groomers.
GENERAL AND PREVENTATIVE ADVICE Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are lots of people out there who have been through this and many of them are keen to help others in the same situation. Don't be put off my the 1% of people you talk to who will try and make you feel guilty about how the dog went missing. Focus on finding your dachshund and keep thinking positively.
USEFUL CONTACT INFORMATION
Here are some contact details that may be useful. If you see one of these links is broken, please let us know so we can update it.
www.bassendean.wa.gov.au Ranger 9377 7480 (held RSPCA Malaga)
www.belmont.wa.gov.au. Ranger 9477 7224 (held at Julies Kennels Malaga)
www.claremont.wa.gov.au. Ranger 9285 4300 (held at Swanbourne Vet Centre)
www.cottesloe.wa.gov.au. Ranger 9285 5070
www.eastfremantle.wa.gov.au Ranger 9339 9316 held Dogs Refuge Home, Shenton Park
www.joondalup.wa.gov.au Ranger 9400 4960 or 1300 655 860 (held RSPCA Malaga)
www.fremantle.wa.gov.auwww.kalamunda.wa.gov.au. Ranger 9257 9999
www.mosmanpark.wa.gov.au. (held Dogs Refuge Home, Shenton Park)
www.nedlands.wa.gov.au (held at Swanbourne Vet Centre)
www.peppermintgrove.wa.gov.au (held at Dogs refuge Shenton Park)
www.southperth.wa.gov.au Ranger 9474 0777 or Pound 9474 1106
www.subiaco.wa.gov.au Ranger 9237 9222 (held Dogs Refuge Home, Shenton Park)
www.swan.wa.gov.auwww.vincent.wa.gov.au Ranger 9273 6000 aft hrs 9273 6061/Pound 9444 9011
Shelters used by the Pounds
Ø Dogs' Refuge Home, 30 Lemnos Street, Shenton Park. 9381 8166
Ø RSPCA, 108 Malaga Drive, Malaga 9209 9300
Ø Julies Kennels 12 Midas Road, Malaga WA 6090. 9 249 1270
Ø Swanbourne Veterinary Centre, 2 Devon Road, Swanbourne, 9384 2644
Dog Rescue Groups
www.dogrescuesouthwest.com located Bunbury area
www.petrescue.com.au Julies Kennels, Malaga 9 249 1270
Lost and surrendered dogs
Desperate for Love www.facebook.com/pages/Desperate-for-Love-Dog-Pound-Rescue
Stirling ACF www.facebook.com/StirlingACF
Dogs Refuge Home www.facebook.com/dogsrefugehome
Perth Pets in Need https://www.facebook.com/perthpetsinneed
Email addresses for Pounds (metro)
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Dogs often go missing when scared, set off by fireworks or other events. Dogs frequently go missing when their owners are away. Make sure if you are going away that the contact details for your dog are still going to work if the worst happens.
Good fencing, padlocks on gates, microchips with correct details and a collar with contact details could all save you the heartache of looking for a lost pet.
If you hear that someone has lost a pet, offer to help. This might be as simple as sharing a facebook post, helping make calls to vets and rangers, or helping to letter box drop. You just never know when you might be the one asking for help.
Other links to tips on finding lost pets
If you know of any other tips, sites or resources that would help someone looking for a lost pet, please let us know.