THE Scottish SPCA has issued guidelines to pet owners after the News and Chronicle received an alarming number of reports of lost pets in Cumbernauld.
Over the past month a high number of appeals have been made regarding missing cats and dogs with reports also being made of home owners finding pets on their door step.
Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “Owners of missing cats can register their details with our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.
“If their cat comes into our care we will be able to notify them.
“We would also advise all owners to have their cats microchipped so if they do go missing they can be reunited quickly.”
Meanshile, the heartbroken owner of the latest missing pet - six-year-old tomcat Ginger - has appealed for any information on his whereabouts from locals.
Ginger disappeared from his home in Ellisland Road several weeks ago. He has a telltale faint white tip at the end of the tail and distinctive “tiger-style” markings.
Owner Lisa Bain says Ginger is a very friendly cat who is not above slipping through other cat flaps - and has even been found lounging on a stranger’s bed!
Anyone with information on Ginger, who has been microchipped, is asked to contact the News and Chronicle office on 01236-725578.