Follow the steps below to help you better your chances of returning a lost dog to its family.
1. Check for ID
First, check the animal for a collar and any identification they may have to contact its owners.
2. Search Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s Interactive Lost & Found Map
Stray pets with no identification who have been found and turned in to the Arizona Humane Society or Maricopa County Animal Care and Control have been added to an interactive mapping tool. Good Samaritans are also able to post found flyers on this map, so this is an excellent first step to look for the owner of the pet you have found. Please also make sure to post a lost pet report on this map as well!
3. Scan for microchip
If you find a dog 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.
4. Try to find the owner
Look for “Lost Pet” signs in the area. If you don’t find any, post found dog flyers in the neighborhood. Use online and social media resources to post about the found pet on sites like:
- Petco Love Lost
- Facebook groups: LostDogsArizona, Straydar, neighborhood groups
- Finding Rover
5. Get help from your local animal shelter
Sick or injured pet?
The Arizona Humane Society accepts all stray pets that are sick, injured or abused. We encourage Good Samaritans who have found sick, injured or abused stray animals to contact our Pet Resource Center at 602.997.7585 Ext. 3800 to schedule an appointment so we can be sure to have the necessary resources ready. You may bring sick and injured stray pets to our Sunnyslope Campus, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, or call our EAMT™ Dispatch Center at 602.997.7585 Ext. 2073 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. We cannot accept stray turn-ins at our Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion.
Healthy stray dog over 3 months old?
Contact Maricopa County Animal Care and Control‘s Lost & Found service daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 602.372.4598. 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
If a Good Samaritan finds a sick or injured stray animal after hours, they can take it to an Emergency Animal Clinic (EAC). The EAC will accept that animal and provide it with care and treatment until our EAMTs can pick it up the next day. The EAC will not accept stray animals if they are not sick or injured. EAC’s do not accept mother cats with kittens unless they are sick or injured. 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.
What if I absolutely can’t shelter-in-place?
We understand that certain circumstances may prevent you from temporarily keeping the pet that you have found. For healthy stray pets, please contact Maricopa County Animal Care and Control at 602.506.7387. To report a lost or found pet, please call MCACC’s Lost/Found Department at 602.372.4598. You can also fill out their online form to report a stray. To request an ambulance for a sick or injured stray pet in the Valley, an animal in distress or if you suspect an animal is being abused or neglected, call the Arizona Humane Society’s emergency Field Dispatch at 602.997.7585 Ext. 2073. After hours, please contact your nearest emergency animal clinic and AHS’ Emergency Animal Medical Technicians will pick up the pet the following day for continued medical care. For abuse cases, you may also fill out AHS’ online form. For additional resources, AHS’ Pet Resource Center is available daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 602.997.7585 Ext 3800.