Losing your pet can be a scary and heartbreaking experience. By following the steps below right away, you’ll have the best possible chance of being reunited with your beloved pet. However, if you don’t find your pet quickly, do not give up! Pets are often found weeks or even months after they go missing.
Taking swift action can help you find your pet. Start your search as soon as you discover that your pet has gone missing. Here are some steps to get you started.
For questions regarding lost and found pets, please email our admissions team: [email protected].
You can also check out community Lost and Found Facebook pages here:
PetFBI has an easy online lost pet flyer template that you can print from home! If you need help creating and printing a flyer, a LifeLine Community Support Coordinator can assist you at our shelter.
When creating a poster, use a half-page, brightly-colored poster board and include a clear photo of your pet. Use extremely large lettering with concise information, such as, “LOST SMALL WHITE MALE DOG, Call 404-xxx-xxxx.”
Missing Animal Response Network has more tips on finding your dog or cat, including examples of lost pet signs, lost dog and cat behavior and when you should use a trap.
If you decide to trap your cat, you can borrow a trap from KCHA, if available, with a refundable deposit. If all traps are loaned out, consider purchasing a 30LTD - Light Duty Animal Trap at your local home improvement store and donating it afterwards. This donation is tax deductible.
Finding a lost pet can take time. So start searching immediately and often. Animals that are lost may still be close to home.
Unfortunately, there are scams that target the heartbroken owners of missing pets. When searching for your pet, please be hyper aware of potential scams. A few tips and common red flags are below. Find even more detailed information here from Petco Love.
Keep your pet indoors or safely confined to a fenced area.