There is one thing ITC knows for certain, Lane Cove loves their pets. When we recently conducted our Lane Cove Survey, we found out that 85% of respondents had a dog or cat.
We also know that pets go missing quite regularly. ITC has reunited dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, chicken and guinea pigs. We have now put in place a mechanism for you to list your lost and found pets or in fact anything you have misplaced in Lane Cove (please no misplaced kids LOL). The benefit of having this page, is that a lost and found announcement can easily slip out of a Facebook timeline. It also means that we can publicise a lost or found pet to people who may not be on Facebook. All you have to do is go to our Lost and Found heading and enter your details. We will then post your information to Facebook. Click here to find our Lost and Found page
We have also noticed a few trends that have prevented local vets or the council from easily finding an owner. Here are a few things that you can do to make sure your pet is found:
- Microchip your pet and register the details with Council. Many different types of pets can be microchipped, so ask your vet if your bird, rabbit, goat or bunny can be microchipped. More details on microchipping can be found here. You can also check your pet’s microchip details by clicking here. (When we put in Mr Doggy ITC microchip number it did not display so we will be checking this out with the council asap)
- if you move or change your phone number update your details with Council. Update your details so that on the day of your move the new details are available; You can download a change of details form here
- Always have two phone numbers registered (we did have a situation where the owner was overseas and the only way the owners knew their pet had escaped was they saw it on ITC);
- Do not just rely on a microchip, sometimes it can be difficult to read a microchip (particularly on older pets). Make sure your pet has a collar and your phone number is on the collar;
- If possible make sure your phone number is embroidered on the collar, dangling pet tags can get caught in bushes and ripped off.
- You can register your pet with specialist pet finding websites such as www.lostpetfinders.com.au or www.petsearch.com.au or www.lostandfoundpetsaustralia.com www.petalert.com.au
- Always have an up to date photo of your pet;
- If you have recently moved, the first place you should look is at your old residence, pets like to return to their homes;
If your pet is lost:
- Contact your local vet;
- Contact the Lane Cove Council on 99113555;
- Contact the Blacktown City Council Animal Holding Facility on 9839 6161;
- List your pet on ITC’s Lost and Found page or contact ITC Facebook site;
- Contact Furever Pet Adoptions – they may have had contact with the owner or groomed the pet;
- Tell your neighbours and enlist their help in searching for the pet;
- Be sure to check in ceilings, trees, bushes and sheds (one person found their cat in their dishwasher – alive and well)
If you Find a Pet:
- Safety First – a sick or scared animal can act unpredictably;
- Take the animal to the local vet and ask for them to check the microchip;
- List the lost pet on ITC’s Lost and Found page or contact the ITC Facebook site;
- Contact the council, but be aware that Lane Cove Council do not have a pound facility and if they do not find your pet within business hours, the pet will be taken to the Blacktown City Council Animal Holding Facility.
If there are any tips or questions you would like In the Cove to answer or investigate, please send us an email at [email protected].
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