What to do if you've lost or found a pet
LOST AND FOUND
Rain Rescue exists for the animal who has nobody else.
If you've lost dog the first thing to do is contact your dogs microchip database to advise them your dog is missing. Then follow the steps below :
Rotherham strays are currently boarded at Carlton Forest Kennels 01909 731 792 (1pm - 5pm)
Sheffield strays are currently boarded at Sheffield Council Kennels 07817 497995
Other nearby local authority stray kennels
Cliffe Kennels 01226 762391
2. Contact your local vets and rehoming centres.
3. Register your dog on missing pet websites. We recommend, PetsLocated, DogsLost and social media lost and found sites.
4. Put up posters in the local area, remember not everyone is on the internet.
Keeping your dog safe
By law, your dog MUST be microchipped (and the details kept up to date!) and wear a collar and ID tag with your name and contact details. These two simple things will help ensure your dog is reunited with you as soon as possible.
If you've lost dog the first thing to is contact your cats microchip database to advise them your cat is missing. Then follow the steps below :
1. Contact your local vets and rehoming centres.
2. Register your cat on missing pet websites. We recommend, PetsLocated, DogsLost and social media lost and found sites.
3. Put up posters in the local area, remember not everyone is on the internet.
Keeping your cat safe
We recommend your cat is microchipped, this simple step will help ensure your cat is reunited with you as soon as possible. Rain Rescue we do recommend cats wearing collars.
Found a pet?
You must return a stray dog to its owner if you know who the owner is. If you find a stray dog and can’t contact the owner, you must report it to the council. This is a legal requirement.
We are unable to accept stray dogs at Rain Rescue.
Sadly there is no official system to report a stray cat. It's important to know the difference between a feral cat and a stray cat.
Feral cats are not approachable, are generally unfriendly and so long as they are in a healthy condition can happily live outside and look after themselves - however they should be neutered to prevent over-population.
If you find a friendly stray cat, we advise trying to find its owner following the steps below :
1. Remember cats roam large areas, so ask around your neighbours to see if anyone locally knows who they belong to. Put up posters with a photo of the cat and your contact details.
2. If you can safely transport the cat, take it to a vet to be scanned for a microchip.
3. You can also try a paper collar. Download one from the RSPCA website here.
4. If you are unable to to keep the cat yourself, a local animal rescue charity may be able to help. You can get in touch with us about stray cats in the South Yorkshire area here.
Other animals, cruelty and abandonment
Sometimes dependant on the situation if you have concerns about cruelty or abandonment you may need to contact the RSPCA. The RSPCA may also be able to help with concerns involving wildlife. See more information on their website here.