Lost & Found Pets

In the event of losing your pet or finding a lost pet, the SPCA of Texas recommends that you vigorously pursue the following resources:

  1. If you have lost your pet, search your home thoroughly. Check all areas that are accessible to your pet, inside and outside. Especially for cats, check inside appliances, under furniture, and in drawers & closets.
  2. Canvas the neighborhood on foot. Search within a quarter-mile radius. Look both during the day and again at night. Injured animals will often hide during the day. Check hazardous areas such as open sewers, ditches, and vacant lots, as your pet may have become trapped there. Tell your neighbors you have lost your pet and ask them to call you if they see it.
  3. If you have lost your pet or found a lost pet, contact your local animal control agencies immediately. Some agencies are able to take a report over the phone so be prepared to give a detailed physical description. It is always best to go to the animal control facility in person, and if possible, to leave a photograph or a lost pet poster. You should visit agencies every couple of days looking for your lost pet.
  4. Place a "lost" or a "found" ad in the local newspapers and check the "found" ads as well if you have lost your pet. Describe the pet, and give details about when and where it was last seen or where it was found, and where you can be reached. Call radio stations that air neighborhood information. Enlist the help of neighbors, the mail carrier, and even children in your neighborhood to keep an eye out for your lost pet. To place an ad, call:
    Dallas Morning News Classifieds: 214.745.8123
    Ft. Worth Star Telegram Classifieds: 817.390.7534
  5. Contact neighboring veterinary clinics.
  6. Make flyers using a clear photograph and detailed description of the pet for placement in all locations of inquiry. Suggestions for flyer placement or distribution: stores, gas stations, community centers, doggie parks and pet stores.
  7. Post lost/found ad online at http://www.petfinder.org/, http://www.lostandfound.com/ and http://www.missingpet.net/.
  8. DON'T GIVE UP. Keep looking for your lost pet, especially at animal control facilities. People often keep pets they find for several days (or weeks) before bringing or reporting them to the facility.
  9. After you find your pet or find the lost pet's home, report back to all the facilities that you left a report with. This reduces existing paperwork and increases the agencies' ability to match other lost pets with their owners.

Everyone who owns a pet should put together a Lost Pet Packet to keep in case of an emergency:

  • Have a current photo of your pet
  • Write out a description of your pet while viewing them, noting special markings or scars
  • Write out important information that would go on a flyer to circulate throughout the area where the animal was lost
  • Make a list of names and phone numbers of vets, police, animal shelters to keep as an emergency list
  • Most important, be sure there are copies of the pet's vaccination records
  • Microchip your pet and keep a record of the identification number to include on flyers
  • Spay/neuter your pet. This will help alleviate your pet's desire to roam and has many other benefits.