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Lost dogs

If you have lost a dog please call us on 01539 733 333 or email customer.services@southlakeland.gov.uk during office hours.

Outside of office hours please call: Kendal and Eastern Area: 0870 428 6905 or Lakes, Ulverston and Western Area:  0870 428 690

If you have found a stray dog report it

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 register your details at the following organisations:

Lakeland Radio

Lost Dogs UK

National Pet Register

Dog Lost

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

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

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: Fom 6 April 2016 all dogs in England are required by law to be microchipped.

We are working in partnership with the Dogs Trust to provide free microchips for dogs.

My dog got out by accident: it isn't a stray

See stray dogs

Help 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.