FIRST, you need to contact Cardiff Dogs Home (it is a legal requirement) on 02920 711243 or 02920 708141 to report dog and staff can check whether the owner has reported dog missing.
If they have then they can try and reunite dog and owner without it coming in to the kennels. If the dog hasn't been reported missing, the Dog Warden will come and collect it from you during office hours if they can or please take to Cardiff Dogs Home.
Outside office hours you can bring the dog to Cardiff Dogs Home as they will receive dogs 24 hours a day (Cardiff Dogs Home, Westpoint Industrial Estate, Penarth Road, Cardiff CF11 8JQ).
NBThe Police and RSPCA no longer deal with stray dogs as it is the responsibility of the Local Authority.
Doglost register (Tel. 0844 800 3220 or go to their WEBSITEwhere they also have lots of good advice on how to get your dog back). They also provide really good telephone support too from local volunteers.
Please be aware of scams as well.Some people prey on others when they are at their most vulnerable. Take a look at doglost blog, as they periodically update about newest scams and how to deal with them
Getting your dog microchipped won't cost you as much as you think Microchipping provides the security of knowing that should your dog stray, the chances of being reunited with him will significantly increase. While every dog owner is legally obliged to ensure that their dog is wearing a collar and tag, these can easily get lost or can be removed if a dog is stolen. A microchip is permanent. Download the Dogs Trust FactsheetHERE.
Cardiff Council can also microchip your dog (by appointment) for free. For more info on how to go about getting your dog chipped click on HERE. You still need to make sure your dog has tag on its collar or harness (by law!).