WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A PET

SEARCH ANIMALS
REPORTED AS LOST

Found a lost or stray pet? Immediately check for the pet’s identification and ask the people in the immediate vicinity if they know who the owner is. If the pet doesn’t have an ID tag, follow these steps to help them find their way home.

Steps to take if you found a PET:

1) CHECK FOR A MICROCHIP
Take the pet to the shelter that serves your jurisdiction or a local veterinarian office or clinic to have them scanned for a microchip (it’s free). If you visit San Diego Humane Society for this service, we can then vaccinate the pet and submit a Found Pet Report.

Although California code does not require finders of stray pets to take them to a shelter, the San Diego Humane Society recommends that pets found in our jurisdictions be brought to one of our campuses in San Diego, Oceanside or Escondido. The options would then be for us to admit the pet into our care or you may foster* the pet until we locate the owner.

*If the owner is not located and you are interested in adopting the pet, San Diego Humane Society will be happy to provide you the information needed to adopt the pet after the required stray holding period. Legally, the transfer of ownership of a lost pet may be completed only after the required stray holding period to provide owners time to locate lost pets. If an owner does not come forward and the pet is a candidate for placement, he or she will become available for adoption or transferred to a rescue partner organization.

2) visit San Diego Humane Society’s website
Search San Diego Humane Society’s lost and found database for pets reported as lost. If you do not see the animal you have found, contact San Diego Humane Society and other shelters in surrounding cities to file a Found Pet Report, which will include information like the pet’s age, weight, breed, color, overall description and location found. San Diego Humane Society can be contacted at 619-299-7012.  Please email a photo of the found pet to [email protected]. The information and photo will help us cross-reference our Lost Pets database.

3) CONNECT WITH OWNERS LOOKING FOR THEIR LOST PETS
Post flyers in your neighborhood as well as in regional lost and found Facebook pages, Nextdoor and Craigslist under the lost/found community page.


 


 

SEARCH PETS THAT HAVE BEEN REPORTED LOST
To help reunite the animal you have found with their owner, you may search here to view animals that have been reported missing to San Diego Humane Society.