Fear of fines leaves dogs unclaimed

dogscanned01There is evidence that since the introduction of compulsory microchipping at the beginning of the month, more dogs are being left unclaimed.

DogLost coordinators believe that the rise in unclaimed dogs is due to the fear of being fined £500 for not having a dog chipped.

A DogLost spokesperson said: “At this very early stage we think it is highly unlikely that an owner would be fined if they claimed their dog. Dog Wardens will advise owners to get their dog chipped within 21 days and they may subsequently check that.”

“We would urge all owners to claim their dogs and not be in fear of reprisals”

Keeping Your Dog Safe

Identification

  • Ensure your dog’s tag contains – owner’s name, postcode, and at least one contact number.
  • Ensure your dog is micro chipped – and that details are up to date.
  • Dog tattoo – a permanent and visible means of identifying your dog. The National Dog Tattoo Register can provide more details.

Never

  • Tie your dog up outside a shop
  • Leave your dog unaccompanied in a car
  • Leave your dog on its own in the garden
  • Give out information about your dog to strangers

Do

  • Use an extending lead if your dog’s recall is poor
  • Vary the time and location of your walks
  • Walk with a friend if you are worried
  • Increase your house security – a crime prevention officer will advise you
  • Consider a GPS tracker collar
  • Pre-register your dog with DogLost

Join our team of volunteers

PITP 2 copyDogLost simply wouldn’t be able to provide its unchallenged service to owners without the undying commitment of its volunteer network across the country.

From putting up posters and sharing across social networks to providing valuable advice, amassing intelligence and working with the police and other agencies, our volunteers are committed to helping dogs.

We have a network of volunteer co-ordinators supported by additional volunteers in each area. They are the people who support owners by offering advice, organising searches and where necessary, providing a shoulder to cry on.

DogLost also has a dedicated social media team whose role is to run our 40 or so Facebook groups in conjunction with local teams.

At head office level we have a wide range of volunteers working on anything from administration to fundraising and keeping the vast DogLost operation running smoothly.

Our volunteers receive training and support and will provide you with essential skills to help you get into work or provide a satisfying volunteering experience during retirement.

 

Current DogLost volunteering opportunities:

Area Volunteers

If you have a love of animals and the desire to help dogs be reunited with their owners then volunteering, as an Area volunteer will be a rewarding challenge. You will probably be the first point of contact for an owner.

Our Area Volunteers have good local knowledge and will be trained in the procedures of finding missing dogs. You will build up a network of contacts such as police stations, kennels, dog wardens, dog walkers etc. It is likely that you are already a DogLost helper.

Reporting to an Area Co-ordinator, you may also need to update dog registration details. You will be party to confidential information and must remember confidentiality at all times.

If you think you have what it takes, please contact pr@doglost.co.uk

Volunteer co-ordinator

If you have recently retired from a job where you were managing volunteers, then your experience could benefit DogLost.

We have grown to a position where we have more than 120 badged volunteers working in the field and in a variety of functions across administration, fundraising and PR.

If you are someone who can manage the volunteering function, ensure that our volunteers are supported and be responsible for recruiting more people then we would love to hear from you.

Whilst a love of animals would be terrific, organisational and people skills are far more important.

Please send your CV to pr@doglost.co.uk

PR/press intern

If you are in your last year at university – or have recently left – and want to gain a raft of experience working in a fast moving environment then a three month stint with DogLost will be rewarding and benefit your CV.

You should be able to identify good stories and write them up succinctly for a variety of channels and liaise with the media where necessary.

Working remotely, you will be in daily contact with other members of the DogLost team and there will be opportunities to get involved with fundraising, event planning and product launches.

Knowing a Poodle from a Pomeranian will be a bonus !

Please send your CV to pr@doglost.co.uk

Social Media Team members

You will live locally and work alongside the Area Co-ordinator and Volunteers in running one of our forty plus Facebook groups.

Ideally you will have been a member of Facebook for a while, but that is not as important as keeping the group up to date and acting as an important link between the website and our membership.

You will be expected to add new members, spot a spammer at 50 paces and get out important DogLost messages from the PR team.

This is an ideal volunteering opportunity for people who may be tied to the house, but enjoy communicating online.

We are also looking for one or two people to join our Twitter team.

If you think you have what it takes, please contact pr@doglost.co.uk

 

Microchipping highlighted on GMTV

Debbie Pup AidAs compulsory microchipping is just two days away, Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance colleague, Debbie Matthews, from Vets Get Scanning will be on ITV’s Good Morning Britain tomorrow at 7.40am.

Debbie will be talking about the importance of chipping pets and why the scheme will never benefit missing pets until compulsory scanning by vets, rescues and local authorities becomes law.

Vets Get Scanning campaigns tirelessly for compulsory scanning with their ‪#‎ScanMe‬ campaign, and they have been in some encouraging discussions with the British Veterinary Association.

Pet Theft Awareness Week

Day1-TakeStepsNow in its fourth year, Pet Theft Awareness Week will be promoting the use of technology in helping to prevent pet theft and to find stolen pets.

In particular, dog theft is increasing 14% year on year, and the authorities continue to defy public opinion to introduce stiffer penalties, so prevention awareness is becoming more and more important.

Pet Theft Awareness and DogLost are members of SAMPA, the Stolen and Missing Pet Alliance, and in June 2014 the Alliance submitted a recommendation to the Sentencing Council that a pet be categorised as ‘theft of a pet’ and that there be a difference between an inanimate object and a valued living possession. SAMPA also requested that working within the existing framework, a custodial sentence of a minimum of six weeks could be introduced.

The new Sentencing Council guidelines were introduced on 1stFebruary this year and SAMPA is very disappointed that its recommendations were not accepted and the status quo remains.

Nik Oakley, spokesperson for SAMPA and DogLost said, “In spite of much lobbying, and intervention by Neil Parish MP, past Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, we were unable to persuade the Justices to accept our point of view. We will continue our fight and were delighted that the matter was brought to the House of Commons last week by Gareth Johnson MP”

Using social media and a series of graphics this week, Pet Theft Awareness will be highlighting the need for pet owners to be vigilant and install some inexpensive but efficient equipment to help keep an eye on their animals.

“While we wait for tougher penalties,”says Richard Jordan of VioVet and co founder of Pet Theft Awareness, “we are urging pet owners to use all the technology that is available to them as the onus remains firmly with them to protect their pets”.

DogLost celebrity supporter appears on Crufts show

Crufts Jill 2DogLost celebrity supporter and former Crufts winner, Jilly, AKA Soletrader Peek a Boo, made a surprise visit to the Crufts final sofa with owner Gavin Robertson and rising star, Annie Mac.

Interviewed by Claire Balding, Gavin Robertson highlighted the contribution of Jilly’s Peek a Boo Trust which has raised some £100,000 for both children’s and dogs’ charities in the last three years.

Some of the money raised benefited DogLost with Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt raising nearly £50,000 with a sponsored walk from Crufts to Great Ormond Street Hospital

The interview accompanied a film showing how a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen puppy has benefited the children at a junior school on Merseyside.

DogLost congratulated in House of Commons

HOC imagesDogLost has just been congratulated on its work in the area of dog theft by Gareth Johnson MP in the debate called by him in the House of Commons this evening.

Johnson called for tougher sentencing despite the Sentencing Council ignoring the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance’s representations last year.

Justice Minister, Dominic Raab, for the government, dismissed the calls for separate legislation claiming that both the Theft Act and Animal Welfare Act were sufficient.

A spokesperson for the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance said that the campaigning would continue.

DogLost celebrates its first year with Essex Police

doglost_web1DogLost celebrated its first year working in partnership with Essex Police with a slice of cake.

The formal partnership has seen some successful results, not least the reuniting of cancer-detecting Monty the English Bull Terrier following a tip-off to DogLost.

The little celebration followed a meeting between the two organisations and local.

The photo shows DogLost’s Essex Co-ordinator, Kim Herbert and Police Co-ordinator Jane Franklin, along with Basildon Dog Warden Sarah Moran, Essex Watch Liaison officer Kevin Blake, Crime Prevention and Partnership Sergeant Tina Pavelin, Jacky Donaghy, Dogs Trust and Essex Watch Liaison Officer Brenda Cross.

DogLost works with a number of police forces around the country with new partnerships expected in the coming months.

DogLost launches new app for dog owners

Dummy appThe DogLost app is the fab new way of finding your lost or stolen dog. It allows you to share information on your missing pet with other DogLost users and via social media.

It links you to the 90,000 – and rising – users on the DogLost website which has assisted over 80,000 lost and found dogs in the past 12 years and helped reunite 7,000 last year.

The DogLost app is a social network which works in conjunction with the DogLost website and its volunteers, which engages with people in their area to help in the speedy return of a dog that has been lost, stolen or found. However, you will need to register on the app.

The app makes it easier to find a lost dog: His or her profile will be sent to other app users within a 20 mile radius of your location and can resend as many times as you like in the same or new location and share on Facebook and Twitter.

Information on your dog can be stored in your new account, so if he goes missing you can share this news instantly – reducing the time it takes to get out information about your lost or stolen dog and increasing the likelihood of being reunited.

The app is being launched ahead of DogLost’s new website which will go online at the end of the month.

Download the app now to join the DogLost community to help reunite thousands of missing dogs with their owners every year.

iPhone app          Android app

Government turns its back on compulsory scanning of microchips

vet-scan-petitionThe government has turned its back on the nation’s pet owners by refusing to make the scanning of microchips compulsory.

In response to the #ScanMe petition being run by Vets Get Scanning, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said that “The Government does not consider it necessary therefore to require everyone who comes into contact with a dog to scan it in order to …………. establish whether the dog is lost or stolen.”

The astonishing statement comes on the back of DogLost’s figures for 2015 which show that some 17,000 lost and found dogs were registered with the organisation last year. Some of the 7,000 that were reunited were done so because their microchips had been scanned.

Said DogLost’s spokesperson, Nik Oakley “It is incomprehensible that the government should introduce compulsory microchips and not compel all vets, local authorities, rescues and government agencies to scan a stray animal.”

In the statement, Defra claims that compulsory chipping will mean that stray animals will be reunited with their owners much quicker, failing to understand that this can only happen if an animal is scanned.

Continued Nik Oakley ‘Defra continually refuse to listen or debate the issue, preferring to stick their heads in the sand and pretend that dog theft is not a serious growing problem or that somehow an animal will miraculously find its way home.”

“It is not good enough for Defra to rely on the few good vets who scan as a matter of course. It is no wonder that we have thousands of dogs who have never been reunited or who are reunited years and years later when they are finally scanned.”

It is a long-held belief by many animal charities that compulsory microchips are not being introduced in order to reunite missing pets but in response to controlling dangerous dogs.

DogLost will continue to campaign for compulsory scanning with its partners in the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance. The #ScanMe petition runs until 21 January.

The Government’s full response can be read here.