Losing your pet can be a very stressful and emotional time. We hope you find this information useful and informative, because the best thing you can do for any animal, whether your pet is lost or you’ve found a lost pet, is to act fast.
What to do if you’ve lost your pet
Your first step is to find out whether or not they are at one of the local animal shelters. Since shelters are required to only hold a lost or found pet for five days, you’ll need to go as soon as possible. After that time it will be considered for immediate placement. Please review each shelter’s stray animal list (available via the links below). If your animal is not listed, visit each shelter to file a lost pet report and to see the stray animals in person.
- City of Sacramento Front Street Shelter
- Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation
- Sacramento SPCA
If your pet is not at any of the local animal shelters, begin communicating to your local community that s/he is missing.
- Canvas the neighborhood calling for your pet. Check with your neighbors and nearby local businesses. Don’t forget social media! This can be a great tool.
- Make flyers with your pet’s photograph to post around your neighborhood. Include your pet’s name, photograph and description, along with your name, address, and contact information.
- Watch the found pets column on Craigslist and in the Sacramento Bee and other local newspapers.
- Keep looking. Often, pets aren’t found immediately, but with your persistence may have an increased chance of being reunited with your family.
How to help a pet that you have found
If the pet does not have an ID tag or license, bring him or her to a local veterinarian or animal shelter to be scanned for a microchip. If no microchip is found, please consider the following before bringing it to an animal shelter:
- Care for the animal until you can find his/her owner.
- Contact all local animal shelters (see above) and complete a found pet report. Don’t forget to include a photo!
- Create flyers with a photo of the animal, the date and location it was found, and your contact information to post around your neighborhood and with nearby businesses. Ensure the safety of the pet by requiring proof of ownership (photo and vet records or other documentation) for anyone who inquires about the pet.
- Place a found advertisement on social media, Craigslist and in the newspaper. The Sacramento Bee generously offers free advertisements for found pets. To place your ad call (916) 321-1234.
If you are unable to care for the pet before its owner is found
By law, stray animals must be cared for by the agency funded to provide them care. Please bring the animal during regular business hours to the appropriate shelter.
Found in Bring to
Sacramento County* Sacramento County Animal Care (916) 368-7387
Citrus Heights Sacramento County Animal Care (916) 368-7387
Elk Grove Sacramento County Animal Care (916) 368-7387
Rancho Cordova Sacramento SPCA (916) 851-8852
Folsom City of Folsom Animal Services (916) 355-7230
Roseville City of Roseville Animal Services (916) 782-7722
Sacramento** Front Street Shelter 311
Yolo County Yolo County Animal Services (916) 668-5287
West Sacramento Yolo County Animal Services (916) 668-5287
* Noted by white street signs.
** Noted by green street signs.