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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:

Lakeland Radio

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.

Collar and tag

It is the law that your dog, while in a public place, must wear a collar with your details 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

All dogs in England are required by law to be microchipped.

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.