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 provide your neighbors with flyers. Give flyers to postal carriers, school crossing guards and other neighborhood regulars. Be sure to drop them off at vet clinics close by as well.
- Your pet’s 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 in case your lost pet is in our care.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control
- Visit both locations of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control quickly and often!
- 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.
- Check the county facilities every 24-72 hours.
- 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.
- You can also call 602.506.PETS or visit their website and utilize their interactive mapping tool.
- 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.
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:
- Check for Found Pets on Petharbor.com an add your lost pet
- Check the “Lost and Found” section on craigslist.org
- Visit LOST DOGS OF ARIZONA’s and Straydar‘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!
- Check posts on the Nextdoor
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, 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 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. If you have found a healthy stray dog or puppy 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. 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 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 are available for owned animals but fees will be charged. 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.
Found a cat?
Trap-Neuter-Return programs are the most humane and effective way to stabilize outdoor free-roaming cat populations. AHS has partnered with the Animal Defense League of Arizona and other community partners to develop an expanded TNR program to help reduce outdoor cat populations in the valley. For more information, visit somanycats.org or call the Spay/Neuter Hotline at 602.265.7729.
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