Getting the word out as quickly as possible is critical to getting your dog or cat back safely. Don’t wait to see if your dog or cat returns on its own, and ALWAYS make sure your dogs and cats are wearing a collar with identification tags.
When You Lose An Animal
- Call the local Animal Shelters, veterinary clinics and emergency animal hospitals as soon as possible.
- Look in your neighborhood and inform your neighbors.
- Post ‘lost pet’ flyers. Include the animal’s name, a photo and your phone number/email but not your name and address for safety reasons.
- Visit all the shelters in person.
- Place a notice on www.craigslist.com; post only phone/email contact information.
- Revisit the shelters frequently.
When You Find An Animal
- Call the owner directly if the tags are on the collar.
- Check with neighbors, especially other dog or cat owners, if there are no tags.
- Call the local Animal Shelters, veterinary clinics and emergency animal hospitals as soon as possible to report the found animal.
- Take the animal to a vet or to the Shelter to scan for a chip identifying its owner.
- Place a notice on www.craigslist.com with a photo of the found animal.
- Contact the County Animal Shelter to pick up the animal if no owner is found.