LOST YOUR PET?
First, the best way to ensure that you will be contacted if your pet was picked up is by having them ID tagged and microchipped. Please don’t just rely on just an ID tag, most animals lose their collars within the first day of being lost; please get your animal microchipped AND keep a collar and ID on them. The ID will get them home quickly if a neighbor finds them immediately; a microchip is further ensurance that they will get home should their collar come off.
The most important thing to do is go your local shelter/s on a daily basis and look for your missing pet. Don't rely on calling the shelter, there are too many dogs/cats brought in on a daily basis, the person at the front desk will not remember if your pet was brought in.
If your pet was picked up by Animal Control and brought to one of their shelters or to the Humane Society, and as soon as they arrive, they will be scanned for a microchip. Then a listing will be created and placed on www.petharbor.com with their description, date they were brought in (some shelters will post their picture with their information). On a daily basis, you should log on to www.petharbor.com , type in your zip code, click the local shelters and then click “Search for lost Pets”. After viewing all the lost pets, go back and click on “Adoptable Pets” - if your pet was picked up and was lucky enough to pass the evaluation test he/she may be up for adoption. The mandatory hold time for strays is 72 hours (no ID tag, not microchipped). If your pet has an ID tag and/or is microchipped, the shelter will try to contact you and may give your pet extra time over the 72 hour hold for you to claim them. If you pet is microchipped, please make sure your information is current, i.e. contact numbers, address.
- Put up flyers in a 5 to 10 mile radius including the local vet clinics, strip malls and grocery stores.
- Click here for Lost Dogs Arizona's Action plan: Lost Dogs Arizona's Lost Dog Action Plan
- Add your lost pet to all of the below websites.
- If you feel that your pet was stolen, call your local police as well as Maricopa County Sheriff's Office @ 602-876-1993.
- If you have found an animal you should take it to your nearest vet to see if it has a microchip, this service is free of charge. You should also post Found flyers in your area as well as posting them on the above websites.
MOST IMPORTANTLY DON’T GIVE UP, YOUR PET IS OUT THERE AND NEEDS YOU TO FIND HIM/HER, THEIR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT. GOOD LUCK!
Websites for tips, to post, check for your missing pet:
Lost Dogs Arizona
Lost Cats of Arizona
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control
Arizona Humane Society
www.lostapet.org (lost pet help primarily)
http://www.petfinder.com (check for your lost pet being put up for adoption)
www.craigslist.com (under lost/found & pets section) in addition to posting your animal lost, check to see if your animal has already been found.
http://www.ajcity.net/index.aspx?NID=162 (Apache Junction Shelter)
https://nextdoor.com (sign up and post in your neighborhood)
From the Arizona Humane Society -
Stray Animal Resources: