Letter to the editor

Letter in todays South Wales echo…

Help us reunite missing dogs with their owners

Despite the fact it is now law in Wales to microchip dogs, one of the main reasons why dogs aren’t successfully returned home is because their owners fail to keep their contact details up to date.

Another main reason is that some presume the dog they have found has been abandoned, left to roam, or that it was neglected or ill-treated by its owner. Yet dogs outside for even a short time soon get dirty and bedraggled or they may be elderly or undergoing vet treatment and have just wandered off on a walk.

Dog theft is also fast becoming a major problem and a dog someone has found may have been stolen and dumped miles away from home. There are many reasons why the dog some find can appear unwanted when in reality it is the opposite.

Once a dog goes missing into thin air it may well be the person who has picked up a stray dog has just turned someone else’s world upside down, a world now without their dog. As a society many have a strong attachment to dogs so it’s no wonder some of us miss them so much when they’ve gone missing.

The loss of a dog when they go missing can have a profound effect on their owner’s life, seriously disrupting their lives. For some owners, their daily schedules can revolve around the needs of their dogs, their own enjoyment with their dog and sometimes even affecting their only contact with the outside world, as some or all of their social activity too is walking with their dog.

Many families from all over the country this day, this week, this year, are praying for a miracle that will bring a much loved family member home, their missing dog. If you are a kind person who has taken in a stray with all the best intentions, can you be sure there isn’t a broken hearted family waiting for news? Families of missing dogs experience the heartbreak and pain of not knowing how their dog is and what is happening to them. Often it becomes all consuming and sometimes unbearable, often more so than if a dog they have cherished their whole life has just died. Throughout history there has often been a strong and intense bond between people and their dogs so no wonder this experience of a missing dog is so painful. At least knowing they have died in the usual course of their life with their owner is closure.

By law anyone finding a dog straying has to report it to the local authority they are found in (for Cardiff 24/7, tel: 029 2071 1243, or check your local authority details) or take to any vet to check their microchip. Check out “DogLost” too, which list smany missing and found dogs on its databases (tel 0844 800 3220 or visit www.doglost.co.uk).

Penny Bowers.


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