San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

Lost and Found

San Diego Humane Society provides lost and found services at our Oceanside Campus for the cities of Oceanside and Vista, and at our Escondido Campus for the cities of Escondido, San Marcos, and Poway. If you live outside of these cities, please see this page for a list of other organizations that provide lost and found services.

Oceanside and Vista
Please call 760.730.8854 (dogs), 760.681.5751 (cats, small animals), or email: lostandfound@sdhumane.org.

Escondido, San Marcos, and Poway
Please call 760.888.2275.

Getting Started

Gather as much information as you can: pet's name, age, weight, breed, color, overall description, location lost/found, a photograph, etc.

Lost Pet:

  1. Call shelters: Contact the San Diego Humane Society and shelters in surrounding cities to see if someone has filed a found report for your animal.
  2. File a lost report: Contact the San Diego Humane Society and shelters in surrounding cities to file a lost report. Don't forget to send pictures of the animal.
  3. Search our website: Search for found animals. If your pet has been missing for a while, also search our Available for Adoption page. Found pets are available for adoption after 4 days, the mandatory stray hold time.
  4. Continue searching: Continue calling the San Diego Humane Society and other shelters and checking shelter websites - your pet may show up after you called or searched the first time.
  5. Look for "found pet" notices and post your own "lost pet" notices:
    • Local veterinarian hospitals or clinics.
    • Pet stores.
    • Coffee shops.
    • Craigslist pets and lost & found.
    • Local newspapers.

Found Pet:

  1. File a found report: Contact the San Diego Humane Society and other shelters in surrounding cities to file a found report. Don't forget to send pictures of the pet.
  2. Search our website: Search the San Diego Humane Society website for pets reported as lost.
  3. Check for a microchip: Take the pet to a local veterinarian office or clinic to have them scanned for a microchip to try to locate the owner (it's FREE).
  4. Bring the pet in to the San Diego Humane Society.
  5. Continue searching: Check the San Diego Humane Society website as well as other shelter websites for animals that have been reported as lost.
  6. Look for "lost pet" notices and post your own "found pet" notices:
    • Local veterinarian hospitals or clinics.
    • Pet stores.
    • Coffee shops.
    • Craigslist pets and lost & found.
    • Local newspapers.

If the owner is not located and you are interested in adopting the animal as your own, the San Diego Humane Society will be happy to provide you the information needed to adopt the animal. Legally, the transfer of ownership of a lost animal may only be completed after the required holding period.

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