Pets & Animals

How to Avoid Losing Your Pet

Avoid losing your pet by confining it properly. If necessary, keep it in a cage or enclosure. If you do so however, you should let it out often or whenever you are home so that it can socialise and interact with you and your family.

If you are a dog owner:

Ensure that your house is properly fenced and the gate remains closed at all times whenever your dog is free to move around the premises. Take care that automatic gates do not accidentally open and that your dog does not escape when someone is leaving or returning home.

If you are a cat owner:

If your cat likes to wander, you may want to confine it in a suitable cage when you are not at home or around to supervise it. This will prevent disputes with neighbours who may not appreciate your cat paying unwelcome visits to their house.

Caging your cat also protects it against outdoor dangers like vehicles and dogs. Cats spend much of their time resting and sleeping and will not be adversely affected by being kept in a suitable cage.

Get your pet sterilised. A sterilised pet is less likely to roam and get lost.

What to Do if You Lose Your Pet

Inform the Relevant Authorities

Step 1: Immediately inform
  • Animal Response Centre (ARC) at 1800 476 1600, and
  • the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) at (65) 6287 5355

Provide information such as:

  • where and when your pet was lost,
  • whether it has a collar and licence badge / ID tag,
  • your pet's name, breed, age, sex, colour, and
  • description of any special body markings that it may have.
Step 2: Put up flyers

Put up flyers around the neighbourhood, at the veterinarian's or pet shops. The flyer should have the pet's photograph and your contact details. Search your neighbourhood and ask your neighbours for help.

Step 3: Advertise in the Newspaper's Classified Ads

Advertise and consider offering a reward for return of your pet or information leading to return of your pet.

Aids for Tracing a Lost Pet

For dog owners:

Fit your dog with a collar and place its licence badge on the collar.

Singapore law requires that all dogs must be licensed and the licence badge be on a collar placed around its neck at all times. The licence is obtained from the AVA. Should your dog get lost it can be quickly traced to you through AVA's licence records.

For owners of other pets:

You should consider placing an identification tag on your pet's collar. The tag should contain your pet's name and your contact number.

For all pet owners:

You can also get your veterinarian to implant your pet with a microchip.

Each "chip" has a special code which can be read with a scanner. The code should be lodged with the "chip" supplier and AVA. Should your pet get lost, the "chip" can be read and you can be quickly reunited with your pet. The "chip" is a permanent form of identification and will prevent disputes that may arise over ownership of a lost or stolen pet.

What to Do if You Find a Lost Pet

If you find a lost pet, hand it over to AVA's Animal Management Centre (AMC) or SPCA.

If the pet you found matches the description of a lost pet advertised in the Classified Ads or on notices or flyers, contact the owner.

You can also advertise in the Classified Ads. Most newspapers offer this as a free service.

Codes of Animal Welfare

Learn more about the Codes of Animal Welfare.

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