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Lost Dogs Page

The first thing to do is to report it to the local dog warden as they may already have your dog. If your dog is microchipped (as required by law now) you should be able to get them back quickly - many people now take a dog they've found to a local vet to be scanned and then they can come quickly back to you.

You can reach a lot of people in Dorset who may be able to help you look and put up posters by using  That site offers lots of advice and help on what to do if your dog is lost and local volunteers connected to doglost go out to help on searches.

You can also use our Facebook page, You can post pictures and details of your lost dog directly on there, along with your contact details so that people can contact you directly, you do not need to ask us first. Other local social media sites who will help publicise missing or found animals include:    and

Found a dog?
If you've found a dog they might be microchipped - a local vet or your local animal welfare officer (dog warden) can check. 

Keep your dog's details up-to-date on the microchip register - then even if they lose their tag it's going to be the quickest way to reunite you.  From 6 April 2016 microchips and up-to-date details will be compulsory for all dogs in England.

If you have lost or found a dog here’s who to contact - if you have lost your dog make sure you contact your local dog warden as they are the most likely person to know where your dog is if they have already been picked up, plus check/inform doglost and the social media groups above.

Please note: The Police no longer take responsibility for stray dogs and will not accept them at the Police station


Online site helps to locate lost dogs and you can register to help too:

Dog Register:
National Pet Register:



  • Monday to Thursday 08:30 to 17:15 and Friday 08:30 ­ 16:45. There are no provisions to provide a stray Found/Lost service outside of these times during the week and you are advised to contact the Animal Welfare Officer on the next working day.
  • Found or Lost dogs Out of Hours on a Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays can be reported to the Bournemouth Borough Council’s Central Control Room, Building Maintenance number on during the hours of 09:00 to 16:30. There are no provisions at this time for Bournemouth Borough Council to provide a stray dog service outside these times during the week and weekends. Please note that the Kennels will not collect the dog from you.
  • Further information online at


East Dorset

North Dorset


  • Agreement in place with local out-of-hours vet service means that any stray dogs found between 8pm-8am can be delivered to the vets by the finder, the vet holds them until the next working day.
  • Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 5.00pm and Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm call 01202 261700
  • At all other times (Out-of-Hours, Bank Holidays and weekends) call 0800 506050
  • Animal Welfare Officer (Dog Warden): 01202 261700
  • Information and report lost dogs online:


West Dorset

Weymouth & Portland




They can't lose me with my collar & tag!

 It'll be hard to lose me with my collar, tag and microchip!


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