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Lost pet advice

Here at the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR), we're passionate about getting missing pets back to their worried families.

We understand that when a family member is missing it is a difficult and stressful time, so we have created these tips highlighting how to maximise the chances of getting your beloved pet home.

If your pet is registered on the NZCAR, you can login and mark their status as Lost. We encourage you to do this to ensure that your contact details are up to date so that if your pet’s microchip is scanned, the authorised agent will be aware the pet is missing and have your correct contact details immediately to hand.

If your pet is not registered, you can still register them on the NZCAR once they are missing as long as they are microchipped.

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Lostpet.co.nz is a free to use lost and found pet website which can be accessed by anyone in New Zealand.

The listing will also be posted to Neighbourly for the area in which your pet is lost.

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All found animals are listed by the SPCA on www.lostpet.co.nz/found

The SPCA are required to hold your pet for 7 days, after that, the pet may be rehomed. 

In many areas there are other rescue organisations who may hold and eventually rehome missing pets. We recommend you do an internet search for animal rescues and shelters in your area and contact each one to enquire after your pet.

Check Found listings on Lost pet 

Lost animals are often dropped off at vet clinics, so it is worth ringing those in your local area.

In many areas there are also other rescue organisations who may hold and eventually rehome missing pets. We recommend you do an internet search for animal rescues and shelters in your area and contact each one to enquire after your pet.

 

There are other NZ missing pet websites and Facebook groups too, as well as community pages specific to your area where you can create a listing for your lost pet.

As social media listings often disappear quickly, be sure to also check social media and community pages for found pet listings as well.

LostPetPoster

Lost pet posters are a highly effective way to let people driving through your neighbourhood know you are missing your pet.

Investing in some large neon card/paper and placing these posters by intersections in your local area will maximise the number of people that read your message. 

Your poster should 

  • Be A1 size 
  • Be a bright, highly visible colour 
  • Have very large (5 – 6 inches tall) bold black lettering - eg. "LOST CAT" ,"LOST DOG"
  • Within the poster have two sections
    • One section is a colour picture of your missing pet
    • The other section is a very basic description e.g. WHITE POODLE or Black Lab mix with No collar and your phone number. Resist the temptation to put too much detail here, use fewer words so the font can be as large as possible

 

Lost pet flyers are a great way to alert people walking around your neighbourhood about your missing pet. 

We recommend flyers are

  • A4 size 
  • A bright, highly visible colour 
  • Have very large (5 – 6 inches tall) bold black lettering - eg. "LOST CAT" ,"LOST DOG"
  • Include a photo of your pet and your contact details, as well as detailing any unique or distinctive features of your pet
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Most importantly when trying to find a missing pet, don’t give up. 

Your pet would never give up on you, so don’t give up on them. 

Many pets are found weeks, months or even years after they go missing.


This information has been created by the NZCAR team based on advice written by Kat Albrecht-Thiessen, Network Director of the Missing Animal Response. Her website is missinganimalresponse.com. Published with permission.