I HAVE FOUND AN ANIMAL
Animals are found all year
round. Of course, not every animal walking around has been abandoned by
someone. A dog walking along the highway is quickly assumed to have been dumped out of a car. Luckily, this is often not the
case. The dog may have escaped from a car or may just
be taking a walk from its home or holiday
residence. When in doubt, it is wise to report the animal to AMIVEDI.
A skinny cat walking around is often
picked up with the thought that it must have been neglected and/or left behind. The
animal usually turns out to live nearby. It is skinny because it is old or sick.
Such an animal often needs special diet food, so be careful with feeding the animal.
A found animal, any type of animal, usually
has an owner who will want his/her animal back. Luckily, the majority of found
animals are returned to their rightful owner.
On finding an animal, it is
important to report this to AMIVEDI as soon as possible. Describe the animal as
accurately as you can and – if possible – take pictures. Ask around to find out if anyone knows the
animal. Hanging up posters often helps people to quickly
recognize the animal. Through our site you can easily create a poster yourself.
Nowadays, many animals have an
implanted identification chip. It is important that the animal you’ve found is
checked for a chip. Through the registration of this
chip, in the majority of cases, the animal can be reunited with its owner.
If you can: put a collar on the found
animal, saying “where do I live?” and include your telephone number.
If you find an animal at your holiday location, do NOT take it home! Take the animal to the proper authorities in
your holiday region and report it to the Amivedi branch closest to the place
where the animal was found. This substantially increases the chances of the
animal being reunited with its owner.
When you find an injured animal, it
is important to get help as quickly as possible. It’s best to contact the
animal rescue services first, so they can take the animal to a veterinarian. Once
that is done, remember to register the animal with AMIVEDI, which will
hopefully mean the owner of the injured animal is found quickly.
MY PET HAS A MICROCHIP, WHAT TO DO?
When an animal has a microchip, it is very important that the registration of the chip is up to date. Through a specialized database, the owner of the animal can be traced 24 hours a day. In the Netherlands, there are various databases where you can register a microchip.
Unfortunately, after moving, changing their phone number or purchasing an animal which has already been chipped; many people forget to update the registration. This is often not noticed until the animal goes missing. Our website has many animals on it that are chipped, but the information on the chip is no longer accurate and, therefore, the owner cannot be traced.
You can easily check whether the chip registration of your pet is still up to date. You can do this on the website www.chipnummer.nl. Here you can search for a registration in the most important Dutch databases. If all is well, you will find your own contact information or the telephone number of the database/veterinarian that manages your information.
If you don’t find a registration on this website, it is important to create one as quickly as possible.
It is sensible to choose a database that is connected to an international search engine, such as the N.D.G, Stichting Chip or PetBase. This increases the chances of people also being able to check registrations from other countries.
Unfortunately it is not always possible to immediately complete the registration at these databases; therefore, through the internet you can create a registration at for example Petlook. On this website you can register a chip in just a few minutes. Later you can create a registration with a larger database.
A foreign chip can also be registered at a Dutch database. It doesn’t matter if a registration has already been created abroad.
If your chip is registered with one of the databases but the information is not correct, it is important to contact the database concerned as quickly as possible to provide them with the correct information.
DUTCH KENNEL CLUB ‘RAAD VAN BEHEER’:
The microchips of many pedigree dogs may only be registered at the Raad van Beheer, which is not enough if an animal goes missing. Generally, the Raad van Beheer cannot be reached 24 hours a day and its registration facility is not set up to detect missing dogs. In addition, the Raad van Beheer is restricted by the Personal Data Protection Act and therefore not allowed to provide owner information to third parties. For this reason, the Raad van Beheer advises owners to also register their pets’ microchip on a database whose purpose is to trace pet owners.