Lost & Found Animals Advice

LOST DOGS

If you find a dog that is lost or has been run over by a car please contact the Rotorua Animal Control Team on 07 348 4199They will collect the dog and take your details.  Please speak clearly if leaving messages.

When handling an injured animal be careful as they may bite or scratch when in pain. Use a blanket or towels to wrap the animal up so it can’t bite or scratch you. A blanket will also help keep the animal warm (which is important to prevent the animal from going into shock).

LOST CATS

If you find a cat that has been run over by a car please contact the Rotorua SPCA Team on 07 349 2955 or emergency out of hours on 027 289 8815.

When handling an injured animal be careful as they may bite or scratch when in pain. Use a blanket or towels to wrap the animal up so it can’t bite or scratch you. A blanket will also help keep the animal warm (which is important to prevent the animal from going into shock).

If the cat is lost:

  • Check around your neighbourhood to see if you can find it’s owners
  • Contact the Rotorua SPCA on 349 2955 to see if anyone has reported the animal as missing
  • Contact your local vets and see if anyone has reported the animal as missing
  • Print out a circular with a photo of the animal and distribute to local vets, dairies, the pound, animal shelters and the houses in your local neighbourhood
  • Advertise in your local paper
  • Look and advertise on Pets on the Net www.petsonthenet.co.nz a web-based, free, NZ-wide

Lost birds, rabbits and other animals

Place small animals in a box for transportation to the SPCA.. The box will prevent the animal from harming itself further or running away.

Some animals will need extra warmth so you can fill a plastic bottle with warm water and place under a towel next to the animal.

Do not feed the animal as if it needs an operation food may interfere with any drugs the vet might need to give the animal.

Call the Rotorua SPCA on 07 349 2955 or your local vet immediately for help and advice.

If you lose your pet

It’s never pleasant when a beloved pet goes missing; however there are things you can do to help ensure your pets safe return:

  • Ask your neighbours if they have seen your animal and to check their sheds or garages
  • For lost dogs, contact your local pound 07 348 4199
  • Contact the Rotorua SPCA on 07 349 2955
  • Contact your local vets and let them know your pet is missing
  • Print out a circular with a photo of your pet and your contact details, as well as the time and place last seen. Distribute it to local vets, dairies, the pound, animal shelters and the houses in your local neighbourhood. Here is a pre-prepared one, which you can print out and use:
Lost Pet Poster
  • Look or advertise on Pets on the Net www.petsonthenet.co.nz a web-based, free, NZ-wide lost and found pet service
  • Look or advertise on Trade Me www.trademe.co.nz, you can advertise lost or found pets on this site.
  • Advertise in your local paper
  • Put one of your pet's toys, or a blanket, outside your door so your pet detects familiar smells if they come home while you're out
  • Call your pet at their usual feeding times

Most of all, don't give up hope - there is always a chance your pet may come home.