Battersea's Lost Dogs & Cats Line is celebrating five years of reuniting dogs and cats with their owners. The Line has received over 100,000 calls and has managed to successfully reunite over 16,000 stray dogs and cats since its inception in 2000.
The need for this service to exist has never been more apparent; the rise of dog napping cases are steadily increasing and owners often fear that their missing dog may been stolen. In the last year reports to the Home of 'dog napping' have risen by 70%, with 138 reports to date (YTD Jan-Aug).
The Line currently receives around 1,700 calls a month which are answered by a dedicated team of four fully trained members of staff. As well as helping to reunite pets with their owners through a central database, they also provide active support and advise how to prevent your pet getting lost in the first place.
The success of the Lost Dogs & Cats Line shows what an extremely important part it plays in linking the community, the Metropolitan Police, animal welfare charities, the veterinary service and pet owners - together endeavouring to reunite lost pets with their owners.
The Lost Dogs & Cats Line (0901 477 8477) is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm and operates within the M25 area only. Calls cost 60p per minute.For further information on the Lost Dogs & Cats Line, log onto www.dogshome.org