Is Your Pet Missing?
If you think your pet may be missing or stolen,
please try all the suggestions listed below.
Look everywhere, around the house, in closed cupboards, closets, the
garage and the yard.
Call your local animal shelter and pound immediately to see if your
animal was recently admitted.
Talk with neighbors. Go door to door in the area your pet
disappeared to see if anyone has information on your animal.
Walk, drive or bicycle
around the area your pet disappeared, calling your animal's name over
and over. If your pet is trapped in a neighbor's yard or is too injured to
move, it may respond to your voice, so listen carefully. Pay special
attention to sheds, abandoned buildings and anywhere else your pet could
be hiding. Perform this search several times throughout the day.
Create and post signs with a photo of your pet that gives a
description of the animal, the area in which he or she was lost and
contact information. Be sure to place the fliers in your neighborhood as
well as in places where many people are likely to see them such as grocery
stores, pet supply stores, veterinarians’ offices, animal shelters and
pounds. If possible, offer a reward of at least $300 to give people an
incentive to return your pet.
Go to the animal shelter and pound often to look at the animals
being held as strays. Check to see if the animal shelter or pound has a
website with photos. Visits in person are much more effective as
shelter/pound employees may not match a particular animal to a lost report
over the phone. You are the only one who can really identify your lost
animal. Visit the shelter for a minimum of ten days.
Contact veterinary clinics, including emergency veterinary
hospitals. Your pet may have been injured and taken to a veterinarian or
veterinary hospital for treatment.
Contact local daily and weekly newspapers to place a lost pet ad.
Also, check the “found animal” section of local newspapers.
Contact local radio and television stations. Many air "lost and
found pets" segments.
Ask delivery people who regularly travel through your neighborhood
if they have seen your pet. Your mail carrier, water delivery person, gas
company employee, security guard or meter reader may have seen your pet.
Ask them to be on the lookout for your animal as they pass through the
Contact laboratory animal departments of universities and hospitals
in your area. Go to the labs and describe your animal to laboratory
personnel. Post a photo of your animal in the laboratory.
File a police report with your local police department or sheriff's
office. If you suspect that your animal has been stolen, report it to the
police immediately. A police report will be useful for identification
purposes when retrieving your pet and will prove helpful in court if a
suspect is brought to trial. If the authorities are hesitant to prepare
the report, remind them that pets by law are valuable “property” and their
theft is either a felony or misdemeanor under all state laws. By law, the
police must take action on your complaint. Be persistent.
File a report online with Last Chance for Animals. Be sure to give
us detailed and accurate information.
CLICK HERE to fill out the LCA Report.
Post a description and photo of your lost pet on the internet at
Contact the police if several animals in your neighborhood have
turned up missing. Provide them with as much detailed information as
Do not give up! Your pet is depending on you to do your best to try
to find him or her. There are many instances of cats and dogs being found
after many months. The person who responds immediately to a missing pet
and expends significant energy in trying to find the animal stands a much
greater chance of recovering him or her.