Lost and Found
If you have lost your pet, here is what you can do to find it as soon as possible:
- First, review the listings of the stray animals we are currently caring for. Please bear in mind that we receive stray animals throughout the day, every day, and these listings change often. If you think you see your pet listed here, come in and we will show you that pet.
- Create a flyer for your lost pet at this website. It is free and very easy! NOTE: the location field should include the cross streets and city where your pet was last seen. In the comments section, please provide details about your pet: collar color, identifying markings, what type of ears (Pointy? Droopy? Cropped?), etc. Be sure to include a picture. We recommend increasing the font size to at least 14. Save the flyer as a PDF with the file name Lostpet.yourpetsname.month.date.year.pdf. Email the file to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Lost Pet Report. Finally, please also attach a JPEG image of your pet to the email. You may also print the flyer and post it in your area.
- Review our Tips For Finding Your Pet, a straightforward guide for helping you and your pet to be reunited as quickly as possible.
Finally, don't give up hope. We care for animals that have been found by their owners weeks, and sometimes months, after they were reported missing. Your pet is out there somewhere. We're here to help you find it.
If you've lost your pet...
Since we receive hundreds of stray animals a month, we require that you file a Lost Pet report in-person. You should also review photos of stray animals we are currently caring for. After checking the photos on our Website and you think your pet may be here, go to About Us for our hours and Contact Us for a map. This listing is updated hourly, but may not include animals currently under medical treatment or DOA animals.
In general, impounded animals are held for 4 business days, not counting the day of arrival, Sundays, Mondays, or holidays. We recommend you visit our agency 3 times a week. After the impoundment period, animals are evaluated for health and behavior and at that time, may be re-homed, transferred to another agency, placed into foster care, or euthanized.
Other steps you should take to find your pet are:
- Check other animal shelters in this region. Sonoma County Animal Services has jurisdiction over stray animals throughout the unincorporated portion of the County, the Town of Windsor and the City of Santa Rosa, but four other shelters in the County have jurisdiction over strays found within various city limits.
- At the shelter(s) also review the "Found Pet" and deceased animal reports.
- Post signs around your neighborhood and at local veterinary hospitals. If possible, include a color picture of your pet as well as detailed description, lost date and location.
- Place an ad in the Press Democrat (707) 546-7355, your local newspaper and post on Craigslist.
- Check ads in newspapers, shelter websites and on-line Found Pet ads daily.
- Canvas a three-block radius from your home (cover much more area if your pet is unaltered or frightened) and talk to your neighbors. Someone may have some helpful information about your lost pet.
- Check with all local veterinarians to see if any injured stray animals fitting your pet’s description have been brought in, or if someone has posted a found animal flyer there.
- If you've lost your cat, remember that she is a nocturnal animal, so try searching later in the day when she's more likely to be awake.
Most importantly, keep actively searching for your pet. Animals turn up at shelters weeks, and sometimes months, after they've been lost. Likewise, finders will sometimes not report a wandering animal to us until weeks after it first appeared in their neighborhood.
Don't see your lost animal at our shelter? Please check these other shelters in Sonoma County:
And after you do find your pet:
- Microchip your animal. Microchips are available at the Sonoma County Animal Shelter for just $20.00 No appointment is needed!
- Confine your pet and if necessary, explore training or behavior modification to prevent future escaping.
- Be sure your pet is always wearing a collar and ID tag.
- Spay or neuter: Sterilized animals are less likely to roam and won’t contribute to pet overpopulation. Call (707) 579-SPAY for information on spay/neuter assistance.
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