What to do if your pet goes missing
Search for your pet
For dogs, search on foot in the area your dog went missing and take a drive to search a larger area. Check places that are familiar to your dog - the local park, beach, shops and other areas you normally walk.
For cats, search your own back yard and house very carefully as cats may hide very well if they are scared or injured. Check with your neighbours and get permission to search their yards, sheds and garages. Cats will often hide very close to home or may get locked away by accident. Listen carefully when you are searching for your cat - a quiet meow can easily be missed.
Contact your neighbours
Speak to your neighbours and/or create a lost notice to leave with neighbours. Pictures tell a thousand words - a neighbour might have seen your pet and a photo might jog their memory.
Ask neighbours to search sheds and garages or to open a door or window while you call your pet.
Update your animal's microchip details
Contact your pets animal registry to make sure all your details are up to date and to report your pet is missing. If you are uncertain which registry has your details, you can find out at www.petaddress.com.au.
You can report a missing pet online, or contact us on (03) 9599 4626.
Contact The Lost Dogs Home
The Lost Dogs Home provide pound services for Bayside City Council. They will contact you if your pet can be identified but you can report your missing pet to them as well.
Contact Vets and other animal shelters
Contact your local vets to report your pet missing. People often take a lost animal to the vet, even if it is not injured.
Also contact other animal shelters as your pet may have wandered a long way or someone might have driven it to another shelter.
The Lost Dogs Home have a list of animal shelters.