Dogs found to be straying will often be picked up by our dog warden. In the first instance you should contact us on 01223 457900 to see if we have picked up your dog. If we have not picked up your dog a lost dog report will be added to the Council's lost dog register, and if we then find your dog you will be contacted.
Even if the dog warden has no knowledge of your pet, it is worth calling the local animal shelter anyway - someone may have taken the dog directly there, or it may have wandered into another local authority area. You can contact Wood Green Animal Shelter on 0844 248 8181.
Visit places where you usually walk your dog - it may have just decided to walk itself! Look around your local area and if you have moved recently, ask around at your last address. It is surprising how far dogs have been known to travel.
There are a number of free online places where you can advertise lost dogs, including:
A number of these organisations will also operate to a wider audience on social media websites.
You should record the following information when advertising lost dogs or reporting them to the council:
If you want to advertise a lost pet in Cambridge, there are regulations on how to advertise when putting up posters on street furniture. Further information can be found on the keeping Cambridge clean and tidy page.
If you believe your pet has been stolen you should report it to Cambridgeshire Police on 101.
If you find a stray dog you are legally required to report it.
You will be asked to give a full description of the dog, details about the location it found as well as the date and time the dog was found. Our dog warden will then make arrangements with you to collect the dog and take it to kennels.
It is possible to keep a stray dog which you have found. However it is very important that you contact us so that our dog warden can fill in the relevant form for you. If you change your mind about keeping the dog within the first month of finding it, the dog must be returned to the dog warden; it cannot be given to a friend or relative. The dog legally remains 'found property' and never truly becomes the property of the finder.
If you lose your dog you should telephone the dog warden immediately on 01223 457900. If the warden has your dog, you will have to pay charges as set out below.
The council is entitled to charge all expenses reasonably incurred, which includes one or more of the following:
You will not be entitled to get it back unless you pay these first. You can pay these at the customer service centre or over the phone during our regular business hours.
You will be expected to collect your dog from the kennels: directions will be given once full payment has been made.
Any dog found wandering alone in a public place is classed as a stray and will be dealt with by the dog warden under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. There may be an additional offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 if the dog was found on a public highway.