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Lost dogs

Report a stray dog

Report a lost dog

If you have lost a dog please please contact us on: customer.services@southlakeland.gov.uk.

Alternatively, you can telephone: 01539 733 333.

Outside of office hours, please call:

  • Kendal and Eastern Area: 0870 428 6905
  • Lakes, Ulverston and Western Area:  0870 428 6906

You will need to provide us with as many details as possible such as:

  • your name, address and contact phone numbers
  • name and description of your dog
  • if your dog is wearing a collar and tag or is microchipped
  • where and when your dog was last seen
  • a recent photograph of your dog would be helpful

We maintain a Lost Dog Register and will note the details and notify you should a dog fitting the description be found.

If your dog is microchipped you should report it to the Microchipping Database Company that it is registered with. 

If your dog is picked up and scanned it will flag up that it has been reported as lost. 

It is also a good idea to contact local vets and animal rescue organisations. 

You can also register your details at the following organisations:

Lost Dogs UK

National Pet Register

Dog Lost

If you believe your dog has been stolen tell the police on 101.

When you have found your dog, please make sure that you tell us and everyone else you told it was missing.

Collar, tag and microchips

It is important that your dog has a collar, tag and microchip as it will greatly increase the chances of them being returned to you should they become lost providing the contact details on them are up to date.

Collar and tag

It is the law that your dog, while in a public place, must wear a collar with your address and phone number inscribed on it, or on a disc attached to the collar. 

Failure to do so could result in prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000.  Even if your dog is microchipped it still has to wear a collar and tag.

Microchipping

It is now a legal requirement that all dogs are microchipped and that the keepers details are registered and kept up to date on an approved database. 

Please remember to update your dog's microchip information when you move home or change your phone number or email address.

If we pick your dog up as a stray and it is not microchipped or your contact details are not registered on an approved database or are not up to date we can serve you with a 21 day notice.  If you fail to comply with the notice you could face criminal prosecution and a fine of up to £500.

You can easily update your dog's microchip details by contacting your chip database directly. 

Find out which database your microchip is registered with

Further information and advice on microchipping 

We are working in partnership with the Dogs Trust and are able to offer FREE microchips for dogs through our contracted kennels.  This service is by appointment only so please call 015395 626 65 to book an appointment. 

Prevent your dog from straying

Providing your dog with physical and mental exercise can help prevent it from straying. 

Your dog may also stray due to its need to find a mate. You can counter this by having it neutered.