Birmingham pet owners have been warned after new research showed over one in three have lost their pet at least ONCE.
35 per cent of Brummies have reported their pet missing at least once, according to a new report.
New research has found the most common time for the nation’s pets to go missing is Saturday morning, between 10am and 11am.
And although this is a moment every pet owner dreads, preparation and quick actions are key in ensuring the safe return of a beloved pet.
Pets at Home and Petplan pet insurance investigated when and how pets are more likely to go missing, with a neighbour’s house (11 per cent) or garden (10 per cent) being the most common places Birmingham’s missing pets have turned up – although owners also reported finding their pet in stranger places including a retirement home and a local pub.
14 per cent of pets ran out the front door when it was left open and eight per cent were spooked by fireworks.
The dog breeds reported as most likely to go missing are Rottweilers (64 per cent), Lurchers (60 per cent), Poodles (57 per cent) – although rabbits have escaped more than any other pet (43 per cent).
Jonny Armstrong, Head of Insurance for Pets at Home, said: “Saturday mornings tend to be a busy time for households, with more people coming in and out of the house as they carry out their weekend activities, so keep a close eye on your pet.
“Top tips on making sure you’re prepared fully if the worst should happen and your pet goes missing are to ensure your pet is microchipped, and it’s also worth signing up to ‘Find My VIP’, a 24/7 pet-finding service created by Pets at Home to help reunite lost pets with their owners.
“Also, with Petplan pet insurance, you can cover the cost of advertising the loss of your pet as well as a reward to get your pet back if your pet does go missing.”
The report showed that the most common dog breeds that go missing are:
- Border Terrier
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Cocker Spaniel
- Border Collie