Animal Care

What To Do If You Have Lost Your Pet

lostdogIf you have lost your pet here are a few tips to help find them.

  • Contact the DSPCA by emailing us at with all your pets details and pictures of your pet.  Please not there is a reclaim fee, more details to be found below. Contact other welfare group as they may have your dog or cat. Some groups, like the DSPCA keep a Lost & Found Book so give your details to them.
  • For dogs contact the local Dog Wardens – you have only 5 working days to claim your lost dog.
  • Contact all your local vets including UCD Emergency Hospital, to see if anyone has brought it in or has put up a notice saying they have found a dog or cat matching the description of the one you have lost.  
  • Put up Posters in local Vets, Post Offices, Shops, Garda Stations, Bus Stops, etc. Put up signs on your regular walk route in case the dog has taken itself for a walk – other dog walkers may have seen it as well.
  • Talk to your local Travelling community to see if they have heard anything and if they would be willing to put up some of your posters.
  • Advertise in your local or even national newspaper.
  • Place an ad in the lost and found section of, and
  • Post a photo and description to Facebook. "Lors lost dogs page" is a great Facebook page for lost and found dogs.
  • Talk to local Lollypop Ladies and kids as they see and hear a lot.
  • Check your local shops, post offices, etc to see if someone has put up a notice saying they have found a dog or cat matching the description of the one you have lost.
  • Contact the Local Garda Station leaving your name, phone number and a description of your pet.  You can find station information here.
  • As a last resort, contact the local County Council for your area as they remove dead animals from the roads in case the animal was involved in a car accident.
  • If you find your pet please remember to contact all the organisations and people you have told about your lost pet so they know your pet has been found and please take down all posters and signs.
  • If you are outside the Dublin Area contact your local SPCA and the ISPCA.  Email your details into the ISPCA at



Poster Guidelines

  • Do put a photo of the dog or cat, as recent as possible. There is little point putting a picture of the dog as a puppy or the cat as a kitten when it is 12 years old now.
  • Give details of age, sex, neutered, colour, size and breed. If your dog is a mixed breed a photo is the best description you can give but please mention whether it is a large or small dog as some photos are deceptive.
  • Don’t forget to say what area (not your full address) the dog or cat went missing from and on what date.
  • Give a mobile number as the contact. If you get too many nuisance calls you can always get rid of it.
  • There is a lot of debate as to whether you should put “Reward” on the poster. We in the DSPCA feel it is not necessary as the person who finds your dog or cat should be happy to return it to its rightful owner. By all means give a reward if you wish to the finder (a box of chocolates is nice!), but don’t broadcast the fact as you will be inundated with hoax calls that will upset you. 

Click here for an example of a lost pet poster.


  • Get the dog or cat Microchipped. This can be done in most vets, at the DSPCA centre or at the DSPCA mobile clinics.Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with a disk at ALL times. The number of calls we receive each year from owners who “took the collar off to wash the dog and forgot to put it back on!” is huge. It is your legal obligation to have the dog identified in this way and you will be fined on the spot for not having one.
  • Make sure your cat is wearing a proper cat safety collar with a disk at ALL times
  • Register your animal with PetTrace.  If you buy your pet from a breeder or someone else make sure to get your pets details updated in whichever database it was originally registered with.
  • Get the dog or cat neutered, it helps to stop them wandering and wanting to get out of the garden as well as stopping unwanted breeding and behavioural problems.

Dog Pound Contact Information

Dun Laoire Rathdown area & Fingal County Council
Ashtown Pound

PHONE: 01 8383236
ADDRESS: River Road, Dublin 15
HOURS: Open daily until 5pm and weekends 10am to 12.

South Dublin County Council area
Blackhall Boarding Kennels,
Summerhill Road, Blackhall, Dunboyne, Co. Meath.
TeL: 01-8026676 or 087 6961116
PUBLIC OPENING HOURS: Monday - Friday 2.00pm - 4.00pm Saturday 11.00am - 1.00pm
BY APPOINTMENT Monday to Friday 9am - 2pm & 4pm - 5pm Saturday 9am - 11am

Owner Reclaim Fees

Dogs €50
Plus €20 per day
Plus €25 Microchip if requested

Cats €50
Plus €17 per day
Plus €25 Microchip if requested


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