Over 25k pets reported missing since 2023, according to Petlog data

Over 25k pets reported missing since 2023, according to Petlog data

Petlog, one of the UK’s largest lost and found pet databases, reports that over 25,000 pets have gone missing in the UK since January 2023.

Between January 2023 and June 2024, nearly 5,000 dogs and over 20,000 cats were reported missing. During the same period, more than 3,500 dogs and over 13,000 cats were found and reunited with their owners – with 74% of dogs and 62% of cats being reunited with their owners thanks to up-to-date microchip information.

The majority of missing pets were reported in England, with around 3,400 dogs and 16,000 cats. Wales reported 2,201 missing cats and 686 dogs, Scotland had 553 cats and 180 dogs, and Northern Ireland had 40 dogs and 111 cats reported missing.

The South East region had the highest number of missing pets, with over 4,000 cats and 800 dogs reported missing. The East region followed with over 2,500 cats and 400 dogs missing. The North East reported the fewest missing pets, but the numbers were still significant, with over 500 cats and 100 dogs reported missing.

As June is National Microchipping Month, Petlog, managed by The Kennel Club, urges pet owners to microchip their pets and ensure their contact details are up-to-date.

Bill Lambert, spokesperson for Petlog, said, “Pet microchips help to reunite tens of thousands of much-loved pets with their owners, but it is not a magic wand and will not work if owners do not keep their contact details up to date with their microchipping database.”

Why is my dog scooting its bum?

“A lot of families move house and change phone numbers, without updating these details with their database, making it impossible to reunite their pets in a lot of cases. Checking and updating your details this National Microchipping Month is such a simple step but can make all the difference.”

Microchipping dogs has been mandatory in the UK since 2016. From 10 June 2024, all pet cats in England must also be microchipped before they reach the age of 20 weeks. Owners must ensure their contact details are registered and kept up-to-date with a pet microchipping database linked to the microchip number. Non-compliance may result in a fine of up to £500 if details are not updated within 21 days.

The post Over 25k pets reported missing since 2023, according to Petlog data appeared first on Dogs Today Magazine.