Not every tip will be useful for every situation and animal, but read below to see what might be helpful for you.
Think your pet may be at the shelter? Call (530) 527-3439 immediately. Strays are typically held 4-7 days before being placed up for adoption.
Found an animal? Please take it to a vet clinic to be scanned for a microchip, and to determine its age, sex, and breed. This information is crucial in matching a pet to an owner.
Where to Start
Begin looking immediately. Your own animal may continue to hide, even if they recognize you. Don’t assume that your animal will come to you right away. If they are nervous or scared, they may remain where they feel safe (or hidden). Try looking during quiet times (early morning, late evening); you are more likely to hear any responses from your animal.
Spread the word about your lost pet. The more people who are aware of your lost animal, the better! Talk with neighbors and post fliers in your neighborhood and on public bulletin boards.
Create a lost pet flyer. Include the animal’s name, age, size, breed, color, photo, the area where the pet went missing (city, major crossroads, etc.) and your contact info. Create a free flyer here!
Post on sites like Craigslist, Pawboost, and Facebook Lost & Found pages.
- Contact nearby veterinary offices. Sometimes people post found information there or bring the animal in to be looked over or checked for a microchip.
The links below have more specific tips on where to search:
Lost Dog Search Tips
Lost Cat Search Tips
Tip: Cats are especially good at hiding. Where possible, set live humane traps. Make sure you are using a trap large enough for your animal. Use a high quality canned cat food as bait. Make sure to check the trap at least every 12 hours. Don't forget to check under bushes, cars, porches, in garages, sheds and wood piles, or any place else your pet might feel safe.