Lost a Pet?
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:
In the neighborhood
- Go through your home and pay close attention to areas such as appliances, attics, 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.
Outside the neighborhood
- Visit our Sunnyslope Campus Admissions Department and ask to see the lost pets in our Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™. Bring a photo of your pet as well as their veterinary records. Leave a flyer about your lost pet at the animal shelter. 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.
Additional resources if you have lost your pet
There are plenty of resources out there that specialize in reuniting lost pets with their families. Try the following:
- Create a FREE Lost Pet flyer
- Check for Lost Pets on Petharbor.com
- File a report with Missing Mutts (and Cats): 480.898.8914
- Check posts on the Nextdoor
- Check the “Lost and Found” section on craigslist.org
- Visit LOST DOGS OF ARIZONA’s Facebook page
If you find a pet without tags, take him to a shelter so he can be scanned for a microchip. Most veterinary clinics and many pet supply stores may also have the ability to scan for microchips.
Found a dog?
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:
2500 S. 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009
2630 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Mesa, AZ 85201
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.
If a Good Samaritan finds a sick or injured STRAY animal after hours they can take it to an emergency veterinary clinic in their area. Costs incurred will be at the discretion of the emergency clinic.
Another option is for the Good Samaritan to hold onto the sick or injured STRAY animal overnight, if the animal is stable enough, and call AHS in the morning for a pick up by an EAMT.
You can locate an emergency clinic nearest to you by doing an internet search for “emergency veterinary clinic.”
Found a cat?
Trap-Neuter-Return programs are the most humane and effective way to stabilize outdoor free-roaming cat populations. For more information, visit somanycats.org.
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