Quick Read: Reaching Out to Media to Find Lost Pets

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My article in the Withernsea & District Community News distributed to coastal and inland homes in East Yorkshire and is available for tourists

Poppy’s Pets

A dog missing for 10 years was recently reunited when its image matched another on Dog Lost UK.  

Because pet abandonment is drummed into us in television advertising, someone finding a stray dog may give the animal a home without knowing an owner is searching. By law, a found dog must be reported to the local Dog Warden.

Of course, there are various reasons why pets go missing and sometimes we may never learn the truth.

Whatever the reason, dedicated owners continue to search for their beloved pets even after an age they may have passed away.

Rags - Dog Lost ID 32420 Archie - Dog Lost ID 77082 Ella - Dog Lost ID 80608 Hansum - Dog Lost ID 69710 Billy - Dog Lost ID 58054 Shadow - Dog Lost ID 78024 Lizuca - Dog Lost ID 89568 Spot - Dog Lost ID 137849
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Any one of us may find ourselves in this situation. So it is vital to tell friends and family, locally or afar, about these missing dogs, and understand that not everyone has social media accounts.

These dogs disappeared between 2011 and 2018 and the public profiles are still active on Dog Lost UK. Even though each dog may have died from old age, their owners need closure by learning the truth.

Visit: Stolen, Lost, Found & Help

Search your local newspaper and if there’s a pet-related column, consider contacting the journalist. Alternatively, contact others with lost pets and produce an article similar to mine and submit it.

Publishing in a hardcopy format can reach people without social media. Another idea is local information pamphlets.

If you or friends anywhere in the UK found a dog or have information fitting the description below, please call Dog Lost UK on 01633 673859 quoting the relevant ID number. 

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The following details briefly explain how each dog disappeared.

Dog Lost - where to find help for my missing dog
Interview with Jayne from Dog Lost UK
Old grey brown grizzle stray dog with floppy ears in Norfolk PE34
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Rags – Ran through a gap in a hedge – 02.09.11

Rags is a gold and white Terrier Cross who disappeared after darting through a gap in a hedge around Raven Hayes Woods, Frankley, W Mids, B32. She has white on her front paws, half-pricked ears. She is chipped. Dog Lost ID 32420

Archie – Missing from minders – 22.10.14

Archie is a black and white English Springer Spaniel with a docked tail, aged 10.  His owners were abroad when Archie went missing from Wards Lane, Mossley, Congleton, CW12, 28 miles from home.  Archie is chipped, and is wearing a black collar and tag. Dog Lost ID: 77082

Ella – Caught by a sea current – 30.12.14

Ella was a young brown and black German Shepherd who disappeared at sea when having fun at Jaywick Beach, Clacton, Essex, CO15. She is chipped and wearing a blue collar. Was she found and taken to a local veterinary practice? Dog Lost ID: 80608

Hansum – Disappeared on a walk – 31.05.14

Hansum is a ginger and white Beagle Cross that went missing from Giant’s Grave, Briton Ferry Canal, Neath, Wales, SA11. Chipped and wearing a black and white collar. Dog Lost ID: 69710

Billy – Disappeared from home – 03.10.13

Billy went missing from Brinkworth, Chippenham, SN15 with another Labrador Retriever, who returned. There have been local sightings. Billy is a black Labrador Retriever with a little white on his chest, wearing a red collar and chipped. He is a mothering dog to other animals. Dog Lost ID: 58054

Shadow – Fireworks scare – 09.11.14

Shadow, a grey and white Husky, may have run further into Whitwell Moors, North East, S36. Places familiar with: Underbank Reservoir, Wharncliffe Woods. Taken from Shadow’s page: “Lost on Whitwell Moor near Stocksbridge/Bolsterstone – last seen heading towards Mortimer Rd (The Strines Road). Latest sightings Thurgoland”. Shadow was wearing a black collar and would be 10 years old now.

From Shadow’s owner July 2022: “He was wearing a black collar, and the nearest place where he was lost was our home town, Stocksbridge. However, when lost, we were on the edge of the moors just off Mortimer Road. Some may know this better as ‘the Strines’ road. ” Dog Lost ID: 78024

Lizuca – Escaped at a transport rest stop – 28.06.15

Lizuca is from Romania and was on her way to a safe UK rescue but escaped in Tilney All Saints, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE34. This terrified grey and brown crossbreed is chipped and will live on self-survival. Dog Lost ID: 89568

Spot – Escaped from a training kennel – 05.12.18

Spot is a tri-colour Border Collie that is chipped and wearing a black collar. Lost from Gwynfe Llangadog, Wales, SA19. Sighting at Lliest pony yard, and the local area. Dog Lost ID: 137849

Further in-depth information including maps and possibilities.

Article published in the Withernsea District & Community News – July 2022

Updated April 2024

Poppy’s Pets had a column in the Withernsea District & Community Newspaper until its closure from running costs in 2023.


The reason I write and make YouTube videos is to help you and your pets from my experiences, and to take you through a journey of Green Living from worm composting and bokashi.

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