New year fireworks.

DogLost is preparing itself for a busy period with the inevitable New Years eve fireworks.

The organisation deals with hundreds of extra lost dogs at this time of year and is urging owners to follow its advice and keep dogs safe.

Jayne Hayes, founder of DogLost, explained: “This is one of the worst times of year for us as we receive so many calls from owners whose dogs have bolted due to the fireworks.

“Some are lucky and find their dogs hidden in fields or barns days later. For others, it is tragic as the dogs bolt straight into the paths of traffic or trains and are killed instantly. Then we have the mystery cases, the pets that fled due to a firework bang and have never been seen since.

“This means pet owners have to be smart and follow advice to prevent them from losing their dogs this New year”

Owners are urged to:

  • Never take your dog for a walk after dark – even if you think he isn’t nervous
  • If you have to take him out in the back garden use a lead – dogs often leap fences out of fear
  • Create a safe and secure ‘bunker’ in a familiar place
  • Invest in some Adaptil or a Thunder shirt if your dog is particularly nervous

Jayne concluded: “Many people see this time of year as a celebration, but, for others, it is an upsetting period.

“People cannot be complacent. They must follow advice and keep their dogs safe and secure at all times. If they are not in the house, then they should always be on a lead.

“Microchips, collars and tags and tattoos are a must for all dogs, so you have a chance of your dog being traced back to you should they flee. There is still a perception that dogs run off, are caught by the local dog warden and handed back to their owners.

“This is simply not the case anymore. Dogs, especially those running scared, can cover a lot of ground and could travel into another county. Sadly, we also have people who may well pick up a stray dog and keep it for themselves or move it to another a part of the countrty.


  1. Blogmod
    Blogmod 3 years ago

    If only we could get everyone with a dog to read and think about this and even for just one moment imagine the agony and heartbreak of losing their pet. Please read and heed all of the above and keep your pets safe!

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    nicky brooks 3 years ago

    fireworks went off for about an hour last week on the tuesday……………. heaven knows why but as anyone can let off fireworks any time its such a problem for frightened animals

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    Julie Smith 3 years ago

    Shared to Dog Lost Surrey, South London and West Midlands FB pages.

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    Jan 3 years ago

    In january government are debating the use of fireworks. I signed a petition and got a reply. Lets hope something is done to alleviate the sheer misery not only for aninals but owners too

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      Lisa Ann West 3 years ago

      Shared publicaly on Facebook and shared to Doglost Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Reynard! x

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        Reynard 3 years ago

        Thanks Lisa x

  5. Jayne
    Jayne 3 years ago

    Thanks for the Link Reynard.

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