Green Dog Club reunites owner with runaway pet

"" Published Monday, 23 September 2013

Stray dog found in Birmingham returned to owner thanks to council scheme

Oundle resident Julia Brookes was recently reunited with Billy Boy, her pet Yorkshire Terrier, while on a trip to Birmingham thanks to the East Northamptonshire Council Green Dog Club.  

Our Dog Warden recently received a call from someone who had found Billy Boy wandering without his owner- in Birmingham! Using the Green Dog Club database, our Dog Warden contacted the owner on her mobile; it turned out that Ms Brookes was visiting her son in the city and thanks to the council scheme she was quickly reunited with her runaway pet.  

The Green Dog Club is a free service offered to dog owners living in East Northamptonshire. Those who sign up get a numbered dog tag and are registered on our database so that owners of stray dogs can be quickly contacted.  

Members of the club also receive information about East Northamptonshire Council’s activity to reduce dog fouling in the district and a free roll of dog bags, encouraging people to pick up after their dogs.  

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “This happy reunion clearly demonstrates that membership of the Green Dog Club is really worthwhile. It’s not every day that we get a call to say one of our members’ dogs has been found in Birmingham, but it shows that the scheme works wherever in the country a registered dog is found!  

"Almost 400 residents have already signed up to the scheme, and ideally we’d like all dog owners in the district to become members so that when a stray is found, it can be easily returned to its owner.”  

To find out more about the scheme, visit the Green Dog Club webpage or call 01832 742068.