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How to help a pet that you have found

If you have found wildlife, please visit the Wildlife Care Association website for more information, click here.

Have you found a stray animal and aren’t sure what to do? With many shelters in the region only accepting sick or injured animals, here are a few tips on how you can best help a lost animal find its way home.

It’s been long thought that bringing healthy animals to shelters was the best way to help them, but we now realize that most of the time, they can be easily reunited with their family by staying near where they were found. That leaves the shelter with room to say yes to animals who truly need our help – those whose owners can no longer keep them or animals that are sick or injured.

Healthy Cat (Leave it Alone)
If you found a healthy cat (not injured or emaciated): PUT IT BACK where you found it. It most likely has an owner and was just enjoying a walk around the neighborhood!

Sick or Injured Cat or Dog (Seek Help from an Organization)
Take to a local vet or animal shelter for immediate medical care. Depending on where you found the animal, take to the appropriate shelter listed below.

Healthy Dog (House Animal Until You Can Locate the Owner)

  1. CHECK FOR ID/COLLAR: If the dog has a collar with ID/Phone, please contact the owner. 
  2. CHECK FOR MICROCHIP: Take to a local vet, shelter, pet store to scan for chip*
  3. YARD SIGNS: Make a big sign for your front yard- Keep it simple: FOUND DOG/CAT/RABBIT Size, Type (if known), Color, Sex 
  4. SOCIAL MEDIA: Post animal picture and FOUND notice of local “Sacramento Lost & Found Pets” Facebook page, Craigslist, Nextdoor and any other city or neighborhood specific social media group available 
  5. FAXED NOTIFICATIONS: Go to www.lostmydoggie.com choose free option, you can then enter the info and photo. This information is immediately faxed to Animal Shelters, Vet offices, rescue groups, etc. Many owners have been found this way!
  6. NEIGHBORHOOD SIGNS: Print flyers from www.lostmydoggie.com (yes, they help cats too!) Post flyers on telephone poles or other neighborhood boards – 

FOUND A MICROCHIP?
Visit www.petmicrochiplookup.org and enter the chip number and contact all companies where registration is listed.

Upload a photo to Finding Rover.

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. During modified operations due to COVID-19, please contact the appropriate shelter below to make an appointment.

The information below is subject to change. Please visit their website for current information.

Found In Bring To Website/EMail Phone
City of Sacramento**

City of Sacramento Animal Services
(Front Street Shelter)

2127 Front Street

City of Sacramento Lost/Found Dogs
City of Sacramento Lost/Found Cats
311@cityofsacramento.org
311
Sacramento County*
unincorporated
Sacramento County Animal Care
(Bradshaw Shelter)

3839 Bradshaw Road
Unincorporated Sacramento County Lost/Found link
BradshawLostAndFound@saccounty.net
(916) 368-7387
Citrus Heights

Placer County Animal Services
(not Placer SPCA)

11232 B Ave
Auburn, CA 95603

Citrus Heights Animal Services link
AnimalServices@citrusheights.net
(916) 725-7387
Elk Grove

Elk Grove Animal Shelter

9150 Union Park Way, Elk Grove, CA 95624

Elk Grove Animal Services link (916) 687-3042
After hours: (916) 714-5115
Rancho Cordova Sacramento SPCA
6201 Florin-Perkins Road
City of Rancho Cordova Animal Services link (916) 851-8852
Folsom Sacramento SPCA
6201 Florin-Perkins Road
Folsom Animal Services link
cwalden@folsom.ca.us
(916) 355-7230
Roseville Placer SPCA
150 Corporation Yard Road
City of Roseville Animal Control link
egov@roseville.ca.us
(916) 782-7722
Yolo County Yolo County Animal Services
140 Tony Diaz
Yolo County Animal Services link
ycaslostpets@yolocounty.org
(530) 668-5287

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

You may file a found pet report with us online (see previous page) or click here to fill out a paper found pet report with the Sacramento SPCA. We will keep your report for 30 days.