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Found a pet

First of all, thank you for caring enough to pick up a lost or abandoned pet. At the Munster Lost and Found Pet Helpline, we’ll do everything we can to help you find its owner, and get it back home safely.

Post the found pet’s details on our Facebook page to instantly alert thousands of animal lovers across Munster. Facebook has proven to be one of the most effective tools in reuniting pets with owners rapidly, so we would encourage you to monitor the page for any reports of lost pets matching the pet’s description.

When posting a found pet, please post just a “headshot” photo , and withhold some details (e.g. colour of collar, length of tail) from your description so you can verify the owner.

Click here to visit our Facebook page.

Next, post a report on our lost and found pet listings. We will add this to our lost and found reports, and if we get a call reporting a found pet with a matching description, we will immediately get in contact with you. We regularly update city and county pounds, as well as other local welfare groups with our list of reports.

Click here to post a found pet report.

If it is at all possible for you to keep the found pet for a period of time, that would hugely ease the pressure that individual organisations are under. Hopefully, a family out there is looking for him, and following these steps will help you get him home safely in the shortest time possible.

  1. Check for a microchip
  2. Notify the relevant authorities, as well as  local vets and animal welfare charities
  3. Put up lots of posters
  4. Post a photo and details of the pet on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  5. Post the pet’s photo and details on lost and found websites
  6. Place advertisements in local newspapers and freesheets

When returning a pet to its owner, please ensure you ask for proof of ownership, for example, a photograph or current dog license. Refrain from sending pictures of pets to potential owners; instead, politely request tat they send a proof picture to you.

Click here to report a found pet.


1. Check for a microchip

Get the pet checked for a microchip at your local vet. This is a free service provided by vets – so you will not be charged for it.


2. Notify authorities and local charities

Report the found pet to the following:

  • Local pounds
  • Local animal welfare charities
  • Local veterinary practices
  • Local Garda station

 Click here for contact details of vets, pounds and animal welfare groups.

3. Put up posters

Your poster should include a picture of the found pet, where it went missing from, and your contact details. Put lots of posters up as soon as possible in local shops, bus stops, post offices and pubs.


4. Use Facebook and Twitter

Post a picture of the pet and details of where it you found it on your Facebook and Twitter, and encourage friends in the area to share/retweet in order to get maximum exposure. You can also post on The Munster Lost and Found Pet Helpline’s Facebook and Twitter.


5. Post on lost and found sites

There are many websites maintained by animal welfare charities on which you can post the pet’s photo and details.

Click here to post on The Munster Lost and Found Pet Helpline’s website.

Click here for a list of other animal welfare charity websites that you can post on.


6. Place advertisements in newspapers and freesheets

Local newspapers and freesheets are an excellent way to further advertise your missing pet. You can place an ad in the Evening Echo’s Free Ads by calling 021-4274000, or email your ad to


Important notice

By law all dogs found must be reported to the Garda and the dog warden in your area.
If you wish to keep a stray dog that you find – after making every effort to find the owners and being unsuccessful – bear in mind that legally the owners are entitled to come forward and reclaim their dog for a period of 12 months. This means that until a year and a day has passed the dog is not legally yours unless you have made an arrangement with your local authority.

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Please Donate!

Your donations are hugely appreciated in helping us to continue our work rescuing, reuniting and rehoming lost pets. We are an entirely voluntary organisation and we guarantee every penny you donate goes directly to the animals in our care.
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