Lost and Found
If you've lost your pet:
Please file a lost animal report with us as soon as possible. The best way to do this is by email. Follow these steps:
1. Create a flyer for your lost pet using the PetBond.com Flyer Maker. It is free and very easy! Include:
2. Email the pdf file, along with a JPEG image of your pet, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: "Lost Pet Report."
You may also file a lost animal report in person at the shelter during our regular business hours or by phone at (707) 565-7100.
Print the flyer you made and post it in the area in which you last saw your pet and in your neighborhood (if different), and at local veterinary hospitals.
Review photos of stray animals we are currently caring for. The listing is updated hourly, but may not include animals under medical treatment or those who arrived at the shelter deceased. Check the list frequently and visit the shelter frequently.
Other steps you should take to find your pet:
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.
When visiting the 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 online Found Pet ads daily.
Notify Josie's Lost Dog Alert of Sonoma County if you're a Facebook user.
Walk 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.
Visit www.missingpetpartnership.org for excellent tips that will help you learn how to look for your lost animal.
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. Read Henry's Big Adventure Ends at Home," a particular tale of a particularly elusive dog, a particularly persistent community, and a particularly tenacious search with a happy ending.
And after you do find your pet:
Microchip your pet. 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 your pet. Sterilized animals are less likely to roam and won't contribute to pet overpopulation. Check our list of spay/neuter resources for assistance.