Found a Dog
What to do if you have found a lost or stray dog.First, immediately check for identification and ask the people around if they know who the owner may be. If the dog doesn’t have an ID tag, the following steps will help them find their way home:
First check to see if the animal has been identified as lost or missing by doing a search on our website for animals that have been reported to San Diego Humane Society.
If you don't see the animal you have found, then contact San Diego Humane Society and other shelters in surrounding cities by phone or e-mail.
San Diego Humane Society
Include information like the pet’s age, weight, breed, color, overall description and location found. Please include a photo of the found pet. The information and photo will help us cross-reference our Lost Pets database.
Call 619-299-7012 | Email us at [email protected]
Take the pet to the shelter that serves your jurisdiction or a any local veterinarian office or clinic to have the pet scanned for a microchip (it’s free).
If you visit San Diego Humane Society for this service, we can vaccinate the pet and submit a Found Pet Report while you are here.
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 one of 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.
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.
San Diego Humane Society only holds pets found in the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista.
Visit this Jurisdiction Chart for further information on which organization handles animal control in your city.
This database is refreshed every 15 minutes.Please contact the shelter to learn more about stray animals that have been reported as lost and found at 619-299-7012.
San Diego Shelters and Animal Service Organizations and Wildlife Services.