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Is Your Pet Lost?

A lost pet can be a frightening experience for any pet parent. Immediate action is crucial, but where do you start? Follow the steps below for the best chance of a reunion.

What to do immediately after your pet goes missing:

File a report at the Shelter

Visit or call the shelter during normal business hours and we’ll help you complete a lost report. Be prepared to provide detailed information and provide a photo of your pet. If the lost pet is a dog, please check the list of dogs currently on stray hold at the shelter.  If your pet is at the shelter, please contact us immediately. 

Please Note: Submitting a lost report does not guarantee that we will call you if your pet comes into our shelter. Unless the pet is microchipped or has a valid ID tag on its collar when found, we may not know it is your pet. We recommend you physically come to the shelter daily to look for your lost pet.

Post on our Facebook group (HSOP Community Page)

One of the quickest and easiest ways to get the word out locally that your pet is missing is to post on our Facebook group HSOP Community Page.  Be sure to include a photo of your pet and the location last seen in your post.

Walk the Neighborhood

Take a walk around the immediate area and speak to any neighbors, postal service workers, landscapers, or anyone who may have seen your lost pet.  You know your pet best, so look in areas that your pet may have been interested in or comfortable hiding in.  Most pets are found close to home.

Share their scent

Put a couple of your pet's favorite items near the most common entry ways into your home.  The front door and the door into your yard would be the best locations.  Their scents may help them find their way home.

Make sure your pet's microchip information is updated

If a finder takes your missing pet to be scanned for a microchip, you want to make sure that all the information is correct so that you will be contacted immediately.

Search for your lost dog or cat on Petco Love Lost

We partner with Petco Love Lost to easily help search the national lost and found database and create a searchable shareable alert for your missing pet.  Upload a picture of your pet or search by location.  Powered by facial recognition technology, Petco Love Lost helps match found animals to reported lost pets nationwide.  Visit Petco Love Lost and search now!

If you have not already done so, be sure to register your pet on Petco Love Lost to do things like create a Lost listing that can be shared and print out premade fliers via text message or email.

Use the sharing features on Petco Love Lost to distribute your lost pet listing on social media outlets.

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