Lost a Pet?

Banner with the announcement of the missing cat hanging on a tree in the park.

We know that 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. Here are some steps you can take both inside and outside your neighborhood to help improve your chances of finding them.

First, See Maricopa County’s Lost Pet Map

When a stray pet with no identification is turned in to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, they add them to their interactive map.
Other rescue organizations (like the Arizona Humane Society!) and Good Samaritans are also able to post found pets on this map, so first look to see if your pet has been found in any of the listings. To view the interactive map, click on the “access map” link below. If you don’t see your pet, use the “Report a Pet” button in the top right of their map to report your missing pet so others can contact you if they find them.

a map with plotted locations across Arizona

More Steps to Find Your Pet

If you review the information below and still need help, contact AHS’ Pet Resource Center, available daily from 8 AM to 5 PM at 602.997.7585.

  • Complete Our Lost Animal Report
  • Complete our Lost Animal Report form online that provides information about your pet to see if it matches an animal in our shelter. We will respond to all submissions within 24 hours and set up an appointment for you to visit our shelter should we suspect a match.

  • Search Online Resources
  • While it may seem like an obvious solution, many neighborhood resources help make your search easier and far-reaching. Search for and post about your pet on these sites:

  • Call Your Microchip Provider
  • If your pet has gone missing and has a microchip, call the microchip company and make sure your information is up to date.

  • Post Flyers
  • Post flyers within a several-mile radius of your home with a description of your pet and your phone number.

    Flyer templates:

    Lost Dog | Lost Cat 

  • Contact Local Animal Shelters
  • Arizona Humane Society

    Maricopa County Animal Care and Control

    • Contact Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s Lost & Found service daily from 9 AM to 5 PM at 602.506.7387 You may also complete a lost pet form here.
    • By law, the county shelter is only required to hold a lost or stray dog for 72 hours. After that time, the dog becomes the county’s property.

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  • Other Locations to Contact
    • 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) and also call the non-emergency number for your local police department. It’s hard to think about, but if your pet has been hit by a car, they may be able to assist you.