What to do if your pet is lost:

VISIT AND CALL SHELTERS:
Contact animal shelters in your surrounding area to see if someone has filed a Found Report for your animal. Here is a Jurisdiction Chart by zip code to help you know who can help you. You should start with the shelter that covers the area your dog was last seen.

FILE A LOST REPORT
File a Lost Report with your local shelter. Don’t forget to send pictures of the animal.

SEARCH WEBSITES:
Search your shelter’s website for found animals. If your pet has been missing for a while, also search the Available for Adoption pages. Found pets are typically available for adoption after four days – the stray hold period required by law.

CONTINUE SEARCHING:
Continue calling area shelters and checking shelter websites – your pet may show up after you called or searched the first time.

CREATE A LOST PET FLIER:
Use these templates for cats or for dogs to create a “Lost Pet” flier and post it at:

  • Local veterinarian hospitals or clinics
  • Pet stores
  • Coffee shops
  • Craigslist in the Pets and Lost & Found sections
  • Local newspapers