SMALL DOMESTIC ANIMALS

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FOUND

If you find a small domestic pet, most of our local vets will help by taking it in and keeping it safe while an owner is found, if they are able. However, they do not have to take in uninjured animals by law, so always call first to ask for assistance, as it may be that you will need to take to a rescue instead. 

You will find a list of local rescues who deal with small animals by type and who will be able to offer advice and assistance, on our Rescues page

Some small domestic animals, such as ferrets may be microchipped and therefore if scanned by a vet, an owner may be found.

If you can put posters up to say what animal you found and where you have taken it, that will help any potential owner track their lost pet down.

Also, post on social media to say you have found the animal and where you have taken it and ask users to share the information on all the local groups.

Capture and boxing small animals

  • If it’s safe to catch and handle the animal, then, wearing suitable gloves, quickly place it into a secure cardboard box with ventilation holes, lined with towel or newspaper.
  • Keep the animal quiet and take it to a vet (call first to make sure they can take and treat the animal) or to a local Rescue 

LOST

You can register a lost or found pet at https://www.animalsearchuk.co.uk/search

You will find a list of local rescues who deal with small animals by type and who will be able to offer advice and assistance, on our Rescues page

Post on social media to say you have lost your pet and ask users to share the information on all the local groups. 

Do put up posters in the area to say what pet you have lost, with a photo, the area you lost it in and if possible, two contact phone numbers.

 

WILDLIFE

If you find an injured wild animal, take it to a nearby vet or local wildlife rescue. It’s often faster to take an animal to a vet yourself, as your nearest Rescue Centre may be out of the area attending other calls.  

If you are unable to transport the animal, call RSPCA Emergency Line on 0300 1234 999.