Lost a Pet?

How to Find a Lost Pet

Click here to see a listing of found animals

For more great tips on how to find a lost pet go to www.missingpetpartnership.org

File a lost report – Give the shelters near where your pet was lost a detailed description of your animal. Include a physical description of color, size, age, and any distinguishing markings. Bring a clear picture to the shelter to help staff identify your lost animal. Click here for links to other shelters.  Click here for a Lost Animal Report to fax to the shelter at 584-7283

Visit the shelter in person – Don’t count on finding your pet by just calling the shelters and leaving a lost report. What you describe, and what they picture, could be completely different. Only you can identify your pet, so personally check each shelter regularly until your pet is found.

Act Fast – State Law only requires a 4 day hold for strays. Our policy is to try to hold strays for 7 days depending on their health, temperament and our available space – so don’t count on it. Check back frequently.

Distribute flyers in the area the animal was lost – with a dollar award highlighted. That kind of incentive is helpful in getting other people involved in looking for your missing animal. Include a photo of the animal and daytime and evening phone numbers.  To create a fast, easy and free lost pet flyer go to PetBond.com Flyer Maker.  Remember to include:

  • The location where your pet was last seen (include the cross streets and city).
  • Your contact information.
  • Details about your pet in the comments section. Include collar color, special markings, type of ears (pointy? droopy? cropped?), and any other identifying features.
  • A picture that shows what your pet looks like.
  • Increase the font size to at least 14.
  • Save the flyer as a pdf file with the file name “Lostpet.yourpetsname.month.date.year.pdf”
  • Email the pdf file, along with a JPEG image of your pet, to animal@rpcity.org with the subject line: “Lost Pet Report.”

Newspapers/Websites – Check the Press Democrat and other local newspapers every day. Many shelters place ads listing found animals. You can also place an ad of your own looking for your missing pet. Craigslist is sometimes the first place a person turns to when they’ve found a pet, so be sure your lost report is there.  There are several other websites for lost pets and they change frequently so do a google search for places to post lost pet reports.

Prevent Your Pet from Straying – Dogs and cats who are spayed or neutered roam less. If you would like to have your pet spayed or neutered, contact your veterinarian or your local animal shelter.

If your pet is microchipped be sure to call the company and have them flag your file as a lost pet so that if someone calls in with that chip number it is immediately noticed and no one can claim they were given the dog and change the owner information!