It’s a horrible situation when your family pet goes missing, but research has found that there are some places in the UK where it’s more likely to occur than others.
In the last two years, the online document printing company Doxdirect has seen a 132 per cent increase in requests for missing pet posters on their website, and decided to analyse their internal data.
Research found that these are the top 10 towns and cities in the UK where pets are most likely to go missing.
What should I do if my pet goes missing?
If microchipped, you should call the microchip company that your pet is registered to and report them as missing. This will then notify anyone who finds your pet and takes them to a vet to be scanned.
Note: It’s important to make sure that your contact details are up to date.
Your pet may have wandered into local sheds or garages, so you should ask your neighbours to look out for them. You should also consider getting posters printed with a photo of your pet, alongside their name, approximate size and your contact details.
You could also walk around your neighbourhood calling your pet, shaking a bag of biscuits or treats to get their attention.
If it’s a dog that has gone missing, you should do a quick search for your local dog warden online. Dog wardens will hold onto a lost or stray dog for seven days before considering the next options.
You could also use platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to alert people that you are searching for your missing pet.
Again, you should include your pet’s name, breed, size and any features that will differentiate your pet from others.
Keep an eye on local community noticeboards, as well as lost and found pages.