Frequently Asked Questions
How Where Pets Are Found Works
HOW TO CREATE A LISTING
Please see our How To Create a Listing page for details.
HOW TO EDIT A LISTING
Please see our How to Edit a Listing page for details.
YOU HAVE LOST YOUR PET
If you have lost your pet, we are very sorry to hear that but rest assured you have come to the right place. Below are some tips that will greatly improve the chances of being reunited.
Create a Lost listing
The first thing to do is to create a lost listing on Where Pets Are Found, providing as much information as possible in relation to your pet and when and where it was lost. Remember to upload at least one photo of your pet as well – the chances of getting your pet back are greatly increased if people can see what he / she looks like.
Print a Lost poster
Every listing created includes a poster that you can print and distribute around the neighbourhood that you lost your pet. Simply find view your listing and select the print icon located at the top right of the listing.
Search our found listings
Secondly, use our search functionality or browse our found listings to see if anyone has listed your pet as found and safe. If you find a listing that looks like your pet, then use the Contact form to send the person that created the listing an email.
Finally, it is definitely recommended that you read our pet advice articles in relation to what else you can do when you lose your pet. Particular articles that are a must read include:
- Lost Pet Guides (for each Australian State and Territory)
- Finding Lost Pets: What to Do
- Australia’s Lost Pets: Turning the Local into a National Search
YOU HAVE FOUND A PET
First of all
First of all, pat yourself on the back for taking a lost pet into the safety of your home. The pet’s owner will be very very grateful indeed!
Create a Found listing
Create a found listing on Where Pets Are Found, providing as much information as possible in relation to the pet that you have found. If at all possible, take a quick picture of the pet and upload this with the listing as well.
Print a Found poster
Every listing created includes a poster that you can print and distribute around the neighbourhood that you have found a pet (and it is safe and sound). Simply find view your listing and select the <print> icon located at the top right of the listing.
Search lost listings
Use our search functionality or browse our lost listings to see if anyone has listed their pet as lost. If you find a listing that looks like the pet you have found, then use the Contact Owner form to send the person that created the listing an email.
Finally, it is definitely recommended that you read our pet advice articles in relation to what else you can do when you find a pet.
YOU ARE LOOKING TO ADOPT A PET (OR HAVE A PET FOR ADOPTION)
If you are looking to adopt a pet, check out our adopt a pet listings. If you have a pet that is in need of a new home, then create a adopt a pet listing on Where Pets Are Found, providing as much information as possible in relation to the pet that you have found. If at all possible, take a quick picture of the pet and upload this with the listing as well.
We have a lot of advice and information related to adopting a pet including:
- Adopting the Right Cat for You
- Adopting the Right Dog for You
- Finding a New Home for Your Pet
- Fostering Cats and Dogs
- Adopt a Kitten: What are the Health Considerations?
- Adopting a Dog? : Considerations for a Straightforward Adoption
- Cats for Adoption: The Best Life Companions
- Adopt a Puppy: Begin Training Early
- Dogs for Adoption: Behavioural Issues
YOU BREED DOGS
What is the criteria for your Breeder listings?
The basic criteria is that all breeder listings adhere to the Where Pets Are Found Terms and Conditions and breeders are registered with the appropriate State Registrars (see Canine Registrars of Australia for details); in addition, all listings placed are expected to be in good faith and listings that fail to meet this standard determined by Where Pets Are Found will be removed. In addition, as with all listings on Where Pets Are Found, users have the ability to report a listing that is inappropriate or misleading, and also have the ability to comment on a listing.
Must the breeders be registered with the ANKC?
Registration with ANKC (and similar organisations) is not mandatory although it is definitely preferred.
Must the puppies be pedigree or will cross breeds be allowed (E.g. Cavoodle)?
Only recognised pedigree puppies will be allowed on Where Pets Are Found; anyone listing non-pedigree pups will be contacted and their listing removed.
Will puppy farmers be listed?
Absolutely not, large scale puppy breeders will not be allowed to list and if they do so, will be removed as soon as I am alerted to the fact.
What is your knowledge base relevant to setting up Where Pets Are Found?
First and foremost I am a pet lover, having grown up with both dogs and cats (both pure breed and rescued). I am also very much community focused, and believe that having a centralised website that is known within the community as the place to find lost and found dogs, to adopt a rescued dog and to locate a reputable breeder is much better than having to trawl through hundreds of sites that have potentially an unknown reputation.
Why do you think the existing pet-related websites need competition?
The overall drive of Where Pets Are Found is to centralise what I believe to be a very fragmented market for lost and found pets, and pets available for adoption and for sale from breeders. Having a trusted, transparent website that responds to the needs of their users is what I believe will differentiate Where Pets Are Found from other pet sites; Where Pets Are Found has also taken a slightly more modern approach by including popular Web 2.0 functionality such as commenting on listings, and the integration of popular social network sites such as Facebook , Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr.
I also believe that some extra competition is always healthy!