We know the sinking feeling that comes with discovering your furry best friend is missing. The sooner you begin your search, the better your chances of being reunited with your lost pet. Take the following steps both inside and outside your neighborhood to help improve your chances of finding your pet:
• Go through your home and pay close attention to areas such as appliances, attic, cabinets, closets, crawl spaces, drain pipes, drawers, gutters, roof, sheds, trees and vehicles, as curious pets can often wander into these areas and get themselves stuck.
• While you search the neighborhood, post flyers within a several-mile radius of your home with a description of your pet and your phone number.
• Go door-to-door and talk to everyone (including postal carriers, paper carriers, school crossing guards and children) and leave a flyer with them.
• If your pet doesn’t hear you calling for them, his strong sense of smell may serve as a beacon for your lost pal. Leaving a pair of your old gym socks or shirt or your pet’s bedding and toys out on the patio may help guide your pet back home.
• Visit our Sunnyslope Campus Admissions Department and ask to see the lost pets in our Second Chance Animal Hospital™. Bring a photo of your pet as well as their veterinary records. Leave a flyer about your lost pet at the animal shelter. We take in more than 100 animals a day and can’t verify over the phone. Our Sunnyslope Admissions department is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. You can also view the pets on our adoption floor here. It’s possible we put your lost pet up for adoption because he or she did not have ID and was never claimed.
• Visit both locations of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control– quickly and often! Check the county facilities every 24-72 hours. By law, the county shelter is only required to hold a lost or stray animal for 72 hours. After that time, the animal becomes the county’s property. You can also call them at 602.506.PETS or visit their website and utilize their interactive mapping tool to see if they may have picked up your pet recently and are housing it at one of their facilities.
• Call local veterinary offices/emergency clinics. Visit the office in person if they have a description that remotely sounds like your pet.
• Check with your local and state Department of Transportation (DOT) It’s hard to think about, but unfortunately, many pets are hit and killed by automobiles while on the loose. Both local and state DOTs can help you determine if they have picked up the body of your pet.
There are plenty of resources out there that specialize in reuniting lost pets with their families. Try the following:
• Check for Lost Pets on Petharbor.com
• File a report with Missing Mutts (and Cats): 480.898.8914
• Check the “Lost and Found” section on Craig’s List
• Visit LOST DOGS OF ARIZONA’s Facebook page
• Run a “lost pet” ad in the newspaper and community publications. Some will let you place the ad for free. Also be sure to search the “found” section of these publications as well!
If you find a pet without tags, take him to a shelter so he can be scanned for a microchip.
AHS accepts all stray dogs that are sick, injured or abused. You may bring them to our Sunnyslope Campus or call our EAMT™ Dispatch Center at 602.997.7585 Ext. 2073 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. We can not accept stray turn-ins at our Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion. We are unable to take in healthy stray dogs over three months of age. You can attempt to reunite a healthy, lost dog with its owner by using one of these online resources found here or you may also surrender a healthy stray dog to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control at one of the following locations:
We encourage Good Samaritans who have found sick, injured or abused stray animals to schedule an appointment so we can be sure to have the necessary resources ready for them, including attempting to find and contact their owner. We know there are some cases in which stray animals cannot be kept in the finder’s household, so we will make every effort to do the right thing for the pet while also working with the Good Samaritan.
Trap-Neuter-Return programs are the most humane and effective way to stabilize outdoor free-roaming cat populations. For more information, visit somanycats.org.