Lost & Found



What to do if you found a pet


Found a kitten? Here is what you can do.

Steps to take if you found a dog or a cat:

1) COLLECT INFORMATION:
Gather as much information as you can. If the animal is wearing tags, note the animal’s name and license number. Other information about the animal, like the age, weight, breed, color, overall description, location found and photographs will help to locate the pet’s family.

2) CHECK FOR A MICROCHIP:
Take the pet to a local veterinarian office or clinic to have them scanned for a microchip (it’s FREE).

3) File a found report WITH SHELTERS:
Contact San Diego Humane Society and other shelters in surrounding cities to file a Found Report. Don’t forget to send pictures of the pet.

San Diego County Shelters

4) CONNECT WITH OWNERS LOOKING FOR THEIR LOST PETS:
Start by searching San Diego Humane Society’s website for pets reported as lost.

Next, you can visit other shelter websites for animals that have been reported as lost.

Also, look for “Lost Pet” fliers and create and post your own “Found Pet” fliers in:

  • Local veterinarian hospitals or clinics
  • Pet stores
  • Coffee shops
  • Craigslist in the Pets and Lost & Found sections
  • Local newspapers

If the owner is not located and you are interested in adopting the animal as your own, 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 stray holding period.

Shelter and animal welfare contact information

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To help reunite the animal with their owner, please search this database to view animals from our area that have been reported missing.