What to Do If You Find a Lost Cat or Dog in the UAE
A Guide to Helping

Have you ever found a cat or dog you think may be lost and not known what to do? Being a responsible and compassionate animal lover, your first instinct might be to help but you don’t know how. If you find a cat or dog that appears lost, here’s how to help reunite them with their worried pet parents.

  • Always approach any animal with caution, remember not all dogs and cats are friendly towards strangers, especially if
    they’re scared. You also want to avoid scaring the animal further so move
    slowly and speak in a soothing calm voice. Extend your hand slowly to allow them to sniff you and get familiar with your scent.
  •         Check for a collar, pet ID tag or tag on a harness as this is the easiest, quickest way to identify a lost pet. Dogs often have tags on their collars with the owner’s contact information. If your pet doesn’t have one, check out the importance of having your pet microchipped. 
  •         If you can safely secure the cat or dog, do so. Use a leash for dogs or a cat carrier for cats if available. If the animal resists, try using food as a lure to encourage them to come with you.
  • If the animal isn’t wearing an ID tag, you’ll need to check if the animal has a microchip number by taking them to a nearby vets to scan for a microchip. This is a free service done by all vets. They’ll share the microchip number with other vets to try to find where the chip is registered. If you’re not able to take them to a vet, check in your community and ask if anyone has a microchip reader you can borrow.
  • Microchip numbers are unique to each animal and a way to try to identify their owners. However, with no central microchip database in the UAE, you’ll need to send out an email to all vets and the relative government authority (Dubai Municipality for Dubai residents) to try and locate their owners. Ask the vets to help you with this. You can also email or contact Where My Paws At to check our database too.
  •        Use the power of social media and Where My Paws
    At to help spread the word about the cat or dog you’ve found. With so many Facebook pages for animals in the UAE, it’s hard to know where to start, so I’d suggest with the relevant community pages of where you’ve found the animal. Our new FREE FOUND feature on our website lets you create a Found Flyer to share on social media and WhatsApp groups or print off to hand out in local communities. This poster will remain on our website until we are notified the owners have been found.
  •     Whilst you’re waiting for the owner to be found, if possible, provide care to the lost animal. Ensure they have access to clean water and food and a safe place to rest.
  • It’s natural to become attached to the lost cat or dog you’ve found, but please remember they may have a worried owner searching for them and it could take some time to find them.

Responsible Pet Ownership

Above are a few easy steps to follow to try and help a lost pet with their owner. Where My Paws At is continually looking at ways to further develop our pet safety app and products, to make sure we help you keep your pets as safe as possible.

If you don’t have an ID tag for your cat or dog, check out our unique smart pet tags which link to the number one pet safety app in the UAE. You also get access to our pet partner discounts which save you money on grooming, pet food and supplies, pet friendly restaurants and so much more.

How Where My Paws At’s smart technology services can help

Where My Paws At is designed to help pet parents. We act as a central microchip database in the UAE to help reunite lost and found pets in all seven Emirates. Our lost pet app is much more than a microchip database, and it’s super easy to update. We’re giving pet parents a free app to register your cats and dogs in the UAE, which registered vets, rescuers, and charities use to help identify your pet. Our lost and found alerts and missing pet flyers immediately notify our pet community and let them know your pet is lost. Our smart pet tags give you additional peace of mind and use geotagging, which means you’ll get an instant alert with their exact location when the tag is scanned.

Our super smart but simple technology helps protect your pets. We’re building a pet-loving community to help keep your pets safer. We’re the first and only pet safety app in the UAE, making us number 1 for pet safety.

Learn more about how our app works and the benefits of our smart pet tag.