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Pet Theft

Personal Safety

With rising concerns around the rise in pet theft reports, we wanted to help keep our supporters and their pets safe.


Teaming up with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and Animal Friends Insurance,  we want to equip people with the knowledge and skill to know how to act in the event that the worst should happen.


Watch this video or download the Trust's advice sheets for tips and guidance on personal safety as well as information on what to do should your dog be taken, such as reporting procedures and what evidence could be useful for a police investigation.

Image by Joe Woods


Sadly, fraudulent microchip websites do exist so it’s important to check which sites are reputable and have Government approval before you get your cat, dog or any other pet chipped. 


Trading Standards warns against certain sites and if you’ve inadvertently registered your pet’s microchip on an unapproved database you could face a £500 fine.

Who to Trust

You can find the list of government approved microchip databases by visiting:


Top tip!

If you’re unsure as to which database your pet is registered with, you can find that information on Check a Chip.

If your pet’s microchip registration is stored with a fraudulent site, when you enter the 15-digit number into Check a Chip it will inform you that it is ‘not registered’.


More support

Please see our blog for more advice.

To report an incident or any suspicious behaviour, call 101.


If the worst happens and you and your dog are targeted, ring 999. 

If you are witness to a theft, or attempted abduction, the following details may be useful to the police:

  • Vehicle registration

  • Characteristics of the person taking your pet

  • Number of perpetrators

  • Any videos or photos you can safely take

In an emergency situation always call the police on 999.

Report theft

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