Many people do not know how to search for a lost pet, or what to do if they find a stray animal. Lost cats and dogs behave differently depending on whether they are shy or confident, whether kept indoors or are used to being outside and many other factors.
We recommend you contact your local council pounds, shelters and vet clinics if you have lost a pet, and also check your local lost pet social media pages.
If your pet is microchipped please check that your contact information is up to date by contacting the company your pet’s microchip is registered with. If you aren’t sure which company your pet’s microchip is registered with visit www.petaddress.com.au to search your pets microchip.
Approximately 25% of impounded microchipped cats have out-of-date contact details so owners cannot be contacted. While approximately 60 -70% of dogs are reclaimed by their owners, only 2 – 10% of impounded cats across Australia are reclaimed.
So while we are not too bad at getting dogs back to their owners, we need to be much better at helping lost cats to prevent them being impounded, and to get them back home.
AWLQ has developed the above brochures and poster template to help owners and finders of lost pets be better pet detectives. They provide the essential steps to help you find your lost cat or dog, and to help you find the owners, or new owners, of lost pets!
Most importantly, don’t give up – cats are often found weeks or months after they go missing.
We have been made aware of a telemarketing campaign that is currently occurring where the caller will try to solicit funds by claiming to be from Animal Welfare League Queensland or AWLQ.
Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) does not utilise the services of telemarketing or door-to-door fundraisers for any of our campaigns.
Please be assured that all donations to AWLQ are processed online via our secure payment gateway at www.awlqld.com.au/donate. Please keep this in mind when making a donation, if you are ever unsure call us on 07 5509 9014. Thank you for your continued support!