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As soon as you realize that your pet is missing, we recommend that you immediately take as many of the following steps as possible. Quick and thorough action will increase your chances of finding your lost pet.
- Enlist as many helpers as you can to quickly canvass the area where your pet disappeared, ideally before it gets dark. However, keep in mind that healthy animals can travel a long way from home, up to 20 miles away, in a half-day’s time.
- After receiving permission from the proper authorities, put up posters in and around your neighborhood, or the area where your pet was lost. Include the following information:
a. An easy-to-read title, such as “LOST DOG”
b. A brief and simple description of your pet (ex: Male German Shepherd mix, 75 pounds, tan and black)
c. Your name and phone number
d. Do not give a very detailed description – by leaving out one or several of your pet’s unique identifying marks (i.e., one black ear, one white ear, white tip on tail), you can determine when someone calls you if they truly have YOUR pet.
e. If you wish to do so, you can also indicate “REWARD” on the flyer. However, be careful of “pet scams” – never send anyone money BEFORE they have returned your pet to you. Unscrupulous people have taken advantage of others and have told grieving pet owners various stories to trick them into sending money, when they don’t have the animal at all (“Your pet is in an animal hospital – send me $200 to pay the bill, and I’ll bring your pet to you”, or “I found your pet here in Tucson – send money so I can buy gas to drive your pet back to you”)- don’t fall for these ploys.
- Go as soon as possible to The Arizona Humane Society’s Sunnyslope Facility, Admissions Department, to see if your pet has been found and brought in by one of the ambulances, or by a Good Samaritan. Since more than 100 animals come to the Arizona Humane Society each day, we are unable to answer questions about lost pets over the telephone. We recommend that you search every other day.
- Consider placing a “LOST PET” ad in the newspaper.
- Register AND search for your lost pet on Pets 911 by phone, at (888-PETS911 or on the Internet
- Register your lost pet with Arizona Pet Line – call (602)252-2727
- Search for your lost pet at Maricopa County Animal Care & Control
- Register your lost pet with Missing Mutts – call (480) 898-8914
- Quickly visit the two Maricopa County Animal Care & Control facilities – all healthy, stray dogs over 3 months of age are required by law to be impounded at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. Call (602) 506-PETS for information on County locations and hours. We recommend that you physically search these facilities every other day.
What to do if you Found a cat?
Cats may be turned in to either the Arizona Humane Society’s Sunnyslope facility Admissions Department (call 602-997-7585 x2066) for $20, or to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (call 602-506-PETS). If a stray cat is brought to the AHS with some form of identification, they will gladly attempt to notify the owner and facilitate the pet’s safe return home. What else can I do to help find the owner of the pet I have found? Thank you for asking! There are many more things you can do to help reunite a lost pet with his family.
- After receiving permission from the proper authorities, put up posters in and around your neighborhood, or the area where the pet was found. Include the following information a. An easy-to-read title, such as “FOUND CAT” b..A brief and simple description of the found pet (ex:Female cat, brown tabby with white) c. Your name and phone number d. Do not give a very detailed description – by leaving out one, or several, of the pet’s unique identifying marks (i.e., white paws, spots on the tail), you can determine when someone calls you if they truly are the owner of THIS pet.
- Consider placing a “FOUND PET” ad in the newspaper – many large papers will place a “found pet” for free ad!
- Register AND search for your found pet on Pets 911 by phone, at 1-888-PETS911 or on the Internet at www.pets911.com
- Register your found pet with Arizona Pet Line – call (602)252-2727.
- Register your found pet with Missing Mutts – call (480)898-8914.
- Register with Petfinder www.petfinder.org scroll down on the left and click on lost/found, go to lost of found and then click on Arizona and proceed to the list.
- DO NOT try to re-home the pet yourself. A loving family may be agonizing over this pet’s disappearance! Don’t assume that the animal you found “wasn’t loved” because it didn’t have ID, or it was severely underweight or injured. The animal may have been missing weeks before; the collar may have slipped off; and the animal’s poor condition you see now may simply be the result of the pet wandering for weeks on the road, searching for her home. By bringing the pet to a shelter, you can be assured that these organizations will do their best to find the rightful owner, or they will adopt the animal to someone who is committed to that pet’s well being.
Be Safe – ID your Pet !
A simple identification tag on your pet’s collar can make the difference between a sad or a happy ending, in the event your pet gets lost. Even if YOU are extremely careful, what about the landscaper who does not shut your gate securely? What about the family member who accidentally allows your pet to slip out the front door? We highly recommend at least one, or all, of the following identification methods for your beloved pet:
* Pet Licenses: By law, all dogs older than 3 months of age must be licensed by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. Cat licenses may be purchased as well. For a small fee, you will receive a license tag with a number that can help a “finder” to reunite you and your pet. For more information, call (602) 506-PETS.
* Commercial ID tags: ID tags can be purchased either at the Arizona Humane Society, through mail-order at most veterinary clinics, and at most major pet-supply stores. What an inexpensive “insurance plan” to give you peace of mind and protect your precious pet!
* Microchips: A more permanent form of identification, a microchip is a small device the size of a grain of rice that is implanted via a “shot” on the top of the back, between your pet’s shoulder blades. The process takes only a few seconds! Every major shelter and animal-control facility automatically “scans” for microchips – if a chip is present, a code number will appear on the scanner, and that number can be matched to important data about you and your pet, including your address and phone number. Get your pet microchipped inexpensively at the Arizona Humane Society – call the Margaret McAllister Brock Spay & Neuter Clinic at South Mountain Campus at (602) 942-7283 or Sunnyslope Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic in North Phoenix at (602) 216-6442 for more information.
* A collar and a permanent marker: As a temporary measure, before you have the chance to arrange for one of the types of identification shown above, grab a permanent marker and write your phone number clearly, and legibly, right on your pet’s collar! If you already have one of these forms of ID on your pet, be sure to check it right now, and every year, to make sure the information is current, and that you can easily be reached at the number(s) shown. Information and lost pet behavior recovery tips, visit Missing Pet Partnership.