Searchtips for your lost animal
A cat that stays out far too long, a dog that goes AWOL or a run that’s missing its rabbit. It’s the nightmare of every pet owner, so what can you do if it happens to you?
Please note that the following tips apply mainly to the Amsterdam and Purmerend/Waterland regions.
1. Check the microchip registration
If your pet has been microchipped, make sure on www.chipnummer.nl that the microchip has been properly registered. It will be a real shame, for example, if you cannot be found because your registration details are no longer valid. Your data can easily be updated via the microchip database. And if your microchip is registered in a foreign database, make sure you register it with a Dutch database, such as the Stichting Chip.
2. Report your pet as missing
Report your pet missing as soon as you can on amivedi.nl and mijndieriszoek.nl. A few good photos of your missing companion will be worth their weight in gold, so bring them along if you have some! A missing dog should be reported to the dierenambulance. Animals missing in the Purmerend/Waterland region can be reported to the Dierenambulance Purmerend.
3. Use social media
On Facebook, every city has a group for missing animals, such as: 'Verloren gevonden en weggelopen in Amsterdam'. It can also be useful to report your pet missing on Buurtapp or Nextdoor. And don’t forget Facebook pages such as De Hereniging, Dogsearch en Waar is onze Angel (with the last two being only for dogs).
Do you know where your missing cat or rabbit is, but don't you get to catch it? The Stichting Amsterdamse Zwerfkatten has borrowing cages. They can also help you with advice!
4. Posters in the neighbourhood will help!
Missing posters can also be very effective. You can paste them onto lampposts and distribute them door-to-door. But be sure only to only paste them where it is permitted and then remove them once your pet has been found. On Amivedi.nl it’s easy to make your own poster, after which you only have to print several of them and then distribute them.
5. Go looking
Go in search of your pet. If it’s your dog that’s missing, return to the spot where you last saw him, because dogs will often go back to such a place. When you get there leave a small item of clothing, or something else that has the scent of home, and/or, park your car there.
If it’s your cat or rabbit that’s missing ask your neighbours if you can look in their shed, garden or garage. Search the streets mainly at times when it is quiet outside. Bring some food with you that smells appetising and wear shoes that don’t make a noise. For a cat you can lay a scent trail of used cat grit so that your furry friend can find her way home again.
It can sometimes take weeks, or even months, before an animal is found, so don’t give up too quickly. Keep checking our website and other lost-and-found websites and hopefully you will be reunited with your companion very soon! 🙏