New Rugby Pawprints service helps reunite lost dogs with their owners

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A KIND-HEARTED dog lover has set about on a mission to reunite any lost or stolen pets with their owners.

Anita Twigger and a team of nearly 200 volunteers have launched Rugby Pawprints, which aims to promote responsible dog ownership and reunite lots pets with their owners. The group has already helped to reunite two lost dogs with their owners in Rugby, despite only launching earlier this month.

Mother-of-two Mrs Twigger said: “There are a lot of dog lovers out there. People are so grateful when we reunite them with their dogs.”

Rugby Pawprints can be contacted if anyone finds a lost dog and volunteers will then get to work trying to find the owner.

Mrs Twigger, who has three dogs and is about to acquire another, said: “Our first dog was very lucky to find his owner as he was not chipped. One of the members of the group very kindly kept the dog overnight and took him to the vets for scanning in the morning.

“Having posted and shared with various sites in and around Rugby and on database, there were no dogs reported missing. Rugby dog warden had no dog of that description either in kennels or tagged as lost.

“Fortunately, the owner went to the same vets that we had scanned him at and the vet alerted us to him. We dropped the dog off a short while after and there were smiles all round.”

Mrs Twigger said the number of dogs stolen in the area is rising and that owners should get their pets microchipped, as well as making sure the details are up to date.

She added: “We are simply trying to prevent people’s pets being put to sleep or rehomed because of a £15 microchip. I genuinely hope there are no missing or stolen pets ever in our area, but sadly it is on the increase. At least people will know exactly what to do.”

To find out more about the group search for Rugby Pawprints on Facebook.