New DogLost app

Dummy appDogLost is launching a new app that will link directly to the website.

The moment a dog goes missing, its photo and description – together with the time and place last seen – will be sent out to all DogLost members up to a 20 mile radius. The information will also be posted to social media

The app, which will replace the existing DogLost app has been developed by award-winning Taiga Technologies who originally created an app for missing children and elderly persons.

The app will be available for both iPhones and Androids at the end of the month.

Border collie in sea rescue

Misty coastguardWhen Border Collie, Misty, was reported missing to DogLost, from Seaford railway station this afternoon, no-one expected her to be found in the sea.

Newhaven Coastguard were alerted and whilst the response vehicle was en route, another member of the Coastguard team arrived on scene.

Misty was 200 yards out and too far for one of the rescue swimmers so a request was made for the Newhaven Lifeboat, which was quickly on the scene and two crewmen entered the water to assist Misty who was struggling to swim and continually going under the water.

Said a spokesperson for the Coastguard: “The Lifeboat crewmen managed to get the dog aboard despite despite snapping and injuring one of the crewmen.”

Once in the cabin and wrapped in a blanket, Misty calmed down and was returned to the Lifeboat station where she was met by Coastguards and owner, Sue.

Misty was taken to an emergency vet in Brighton and the crewman to an out of hours doctor.

Said a spokesperson for DogLost: “Obviously our volunteers are not able to rescue dogs from the sea, so we are very grateful for the Coastguard and the Lifeboat coming to Misty’s aid. We hope that both Misty and the crewman make a speedy recovery.”

If a dog owner should find themselves in a similar situation, they are reminded that they should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Photo courtesy Newhaven Coastguard


Monty returned to his owner after tip-off

Monty reunitedAfter five long months of work by DogLost to help Monty the English Bull Terrier get reunited with his owner, a tip-off came through to our helpline.

Monty who disappeared from Buckhurst Hill whilst out on a walk with his owner, Martin was recovered some 30 miles away by Essex Police working in partnership with DogLost.

Monty is a very special dog as he was able to detect cancer in his owner who was subsequently diagnosed with throat cancer.

Said Shelagh Savage, DogLost Area Volunteer, East London: “Monty wasn’t in great shape when he got back and he needed to go to the vet who thought he’d probably been chained up for the entire time he was missing.”

Monty and a thrilled Martin are pictured here with the two officers who attended and recovered Monty.

Photo courtesy Essex Police.



DogLost returns to the Pet Show

Pet ShowDogLost is returning to the Pet Show at Stoneleigh this weekend as charity partners.

With the increase in dog theft, DogLost will be advising owners on how to keep their dogs safe from the fear of theft. We will also be raising the awareness of microchipping and registering with the site as well as ways of combating theft.

You will find us in on stand F112 by the Kennels Arena, where volunteers from the Central region will be on hand to offer advice,

Other attractions at the show for dog owners include a fun dog show, agility, dog display teams, special guests, the West Midlands police dog team. There will be plenty of stands featuring the latest products, top dog breeds plus much more for other pets.

The Pet Show 2015 returns to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on 1st – 2nd August 2015 and is open 1100-1700 on both days.

Advance tickets are available online.

Charity team pull out the stops for DogLost

John Miller BCOur supporters will bake cakes, hold raffles and parade around in all manner of costumes just to make sure we can keep our service running.

But one organisation went a step further and did all this for an entire year. Border Collie owners at the Ladies Kennel Association have set themselves the task of raising funds for a cancer charity and a dog charity each year.

2014 was DogLost’s lucky year and we have just received £1,200 – enough to keep us running for four weeks,

The group – lead by Pete Simmons – held raffle after raffle at championship shows and auctioned everything from Pete’s own pickled onions to a beautiful hand-made encrusted ring number arm band.

Much of the Border Collie fundraising was organised by Laura Wiltshire, who told DogLost “Pete even dressed up for the day at the LKA championship show as a snowman, and we had lovely jewellery donated by Tiny Treasures.”

“Raising the money wouldn’t have be possible without the generousity of the dog show community, “ continued Laura, “but I’d particularly like to thank Phil Surridge, Joanna Lake and Dog World for their support.”

“DogLost is an amazing organisation who do so much to help owners when pets go missing, so by supporting them it’s our way of giving back and saying thank you”

Photo shows a limited edition print donated by artist John Silver

DogLost helpline

DogLost helplineDogLost provides a free helpline for owners who have lost their dogs. It operates seven days a week between 0700-2100.

However, under new Ofcom rules we must inform you of how much telecom providers charge you for dialling the service.

Our 0844 number is provided by BT and they will charge you 5p a minute for dialing it. Your own telecoms provider will also charge an access fee and that varies according to who you use and whether you are on a landline or mobile.

None of this money comes to DogLost. We have to pay for an easy to remember non-geographic number so that DogLost’s helpline is accessible.

Under the new regulations we must also provide an alternative landline number for people to use. That number is 01633 668364.

A first for DogLost !

police-officersDogLost sometimes get requests to help with missing persons, but a missing handbag was a first.

The Metropolitan Police had retrieved a handbag on a raid and the only identification was a slip of paper with a microchip number.

So what do they do ? They contact our investigations team who are able to give them the contact details of the owner through the microchip and one handbag is reunited !

Essential work on the server tonight

Essential work will be taking place on the DogLost servers tonight.

Between 2100 tonight Thursday 9 April and 0300 on Friday 10 April, our hosting company will be carrying out vital security software updates.

We have been informed that this should not last more than six hours.

DogLost apologises for any interruption of service, but it is beyond our control.

Keeping your dog safe over Easter

Basket-full-of-easter-eggsWhilst we’re busy with our guests and opening our Easter eggs, it’s easy for dogs to slip out unnoticed. Sometimes people don’t notice for a while and fido is long gone. So here’s a little advice to keep your dog safe this Easter:

  • Check that gates and fences are secure and that your dog can’t dig his way out: A bored dog will always think the grass is greener.
  • Keep exterior doors shut and locked at all times
  • Always know where your dog is – however busy you are – and ideally assign one person to look after them
  • Don’t leave your dog in the garden for long periods, tied up outside a shop or in the car whilst you visit friends and relatives. Thieves work all year round !

And don’t forget that chocolate is toxic to our four-legged friends, so absolutely no chocolate eggs or bunnies for them !

Easter is a busy time of year for DogLost with many dogs going missing. But we will be manning our free helpline all over the four-day holiday with our normal opening hours of 0700-2100.