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Lost and Found Information

Gina Rally to Rescue

Have you lost your dog? Here are some tips to help speed up your search:

  • Call your local police department and file a missing dog report. Use their non-emergency contact number and follow-up frequently.
  • EXTREMELY IMPORTANT -- Follow these tips, however, do not wait for someone else to find your pet and report it to you. You must look for yourself -- diligently.
  • Many animal shelters post lost pets nationwide on web sites like 1-800-SaveAPet, Pets911 and Petfinder. Submit a "lost dog" post on the classified sections of these services. There are also online services that specialize in spreading the word on lost pets, like
  • Return to the shelter every day or at a very minimum 2 or 3 days to look for your pet. There is a short period of time where a stray brought to a shelter is available for the owner to claim before it is put up for adoption or worse. This time period varies by county and state.
  • Call pure-breed and other rescue groups.
  • Fill out a "lost report" to be kept on file and checked by shelter staff and volunteers when animals are brought in as strays (the owner should be notified if their pet is reported to the shelter or picked up by shelter staff).
  • Visit local and neighboring county and city shelters in person. Do not rely solely upon a phone call. What to you may be a "large" dog may be medium size to another person, etc.
  • Place a "Lost Pet" ad in the local newspaper, penny savers, etc. Many newspapers will post lost pets for free!
  • Check the local newspaper for "Found" ads (they are free to place).
  • Make up flyers, preferably featuring a photo of the pet, with an accurate description of the pet as possible. Include the pet's name and your contact information.
  • Notify neighbors of the lost pet -- speak to them in person or put flyers under their doormats (not in their mailboxes as it is a violation of federal law).
  • Post notices at local businesses, on telephone poles, on the bulletin board at veterinary offices, etc.
  • And finally, unneutered cats and dogs can roam for miles, so your search will have to cover a broader area than for altered animals.