Lost and found pets

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.

Your first step is to find out whether or not the animal is 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 act quickly. After that time your pet will be considered for immediate placement.

Review photos of stray animals at each shelter (available via the links below). If your animal is not listed, visit each shelter to file a lost pet report.

If your pet is not at any of the local animal shelters, begin communicating to your local community that s/he is missing.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Watch the found pets column on Craigslist and in the Sacramento Bee and other local newspapers.
  4. Keep looking. Often, pets aren’t found immediately, but with your persistence may have an increased chance of being reunited with your family.

Additional Resources for Searching for a Lost Pet:
FindingRover.com – For Dogs
FidoFinder.com – For Dogs.
TabbyTracker.com – For Cats.

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:

  1. Care for the animal until you can find his/her owner.
  2. Contact all local animal shelters (see above) and complete a found pet report. Don’t forget to include a photo!
  3. 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.
  4. Place a found advertisement on social media, Craigslist and in the newspaper.

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                             Sacramento SPCA                                   (916) 355-7230
Roseville                          City of Roseville Animal Services            (916) 782-7722
Sacramento**                  Front Street Shelter                                    311
Yolo County                      Yolo County Animal Services                  (530) 668-5287
West Sacramento            Yolo County Animal Services                  (530) 668-5287

* Noted by white street signs.
** Noted by green street signs.