Lost or Found a Pet?
Lost a Pet
- Create a flyer with a description of your pet, where the pet was last seen and when, how to contact you if your pet is found. If you are offering a reward, do not state in the flyer the amount of the reward.
- Look around your neighborhood carefully. While looking, post flyers where pedestrians and drivers are likely to see them.
- Go door-to-door and talk to everyone (including postal carriers, paper carriers, school crossing guards and children) and leave a flyer with them.
- Your pet's strong sense of smell may serve as a beacon for your lost pal. Leaving a pair of your old gym socks or shirt or your pet’s bedding and toys out on the patio may help guide your pet back home.
- Visit both locations of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control– quickly and often! Check the county facilities every 24-72 hours. By law, the county shelter is only required to hold a lost or stray animal for 72 hours. After that time, the animal becomes the county’s property. You can also call them at 602.506.PETS or visit their website and utilize their interactive mapping tool to see if they may have picked up your pet.
- Visit the Arizona Humane Society Sunnyslope Campus Admissions Department and ask to see the lost pets in Second Chance Animal Hospital™. Bring a photo of your pet as well as their veterinary records. Leave a flyer about your lost pet at the animal shelter.
- Call local veterinary offices/emergency clinics. Visit the office in person if they have a description that remotely sounds like your pet.
Found a Pet
- If the dog is wearing a current Maricopa County tag, call 602-506-PETS (7387) and follow the prompts to retrieve the owner’s phone number.
- If the dog or cat is wearing any other type of ID, attempt to contact the owner using the information on the ID.
- The pet can be scanned for a microchip by a local veterinarian or shelter (call the place you desire to take them to ensure that they have scanning capability).
- Post fliers in the neighborhood that you found a pet with a general description. However, if someone contacts you to claim the pet, be sure the provide a detailed accurate description of the pet, before releasing the animal to their care.
- Post the found animal on Petfinder, Pet Harbor, Craigslist, etc.
- Contact Maricopa County Animal Care & Control for a dog pick-up. They cannot pick-up cats.
- Or take the dog or cat to one of the county shelters.