I Lost a Pet
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY DOG OR CAT GETS LOST?
It can happen. A door or gate can be left open and suddenly everyone is in a panic looking for your best friend who has disappeared.
If your dog or cat gets lost in the City of Los Angeles, we encourage you to post a photo and description of your pet on LA City Lost and Found Pets, Nextdoor.com, Pawboost.com, or Shadowapp.com as well as put up flyers in the neighborhood, which will improve the chances of being reunited with your animal companion. According to an ASPCA survey, about half of missing dogs and a third of missing cats were found by searching their local neighborhoods.
Contact the nearest Animal Services Center, and look at the animals posted online who are in the shelters.
To see animals currently in our shelters that were turned and might be lost pets, please click here.
Check with veterinarians in the area your pet was lost to see if any injured animals have been turned in.
Your dog or cat may be scared and may not photograph well, so we recommend visiting and looking for yourself.
Keep checking the shelters daily.
Put signs up near where the dog was lost with a picture of him/her. Offer a reward.
Use bold headlines like “LOST DOG” or “MISSING CAT.”
Before your companion gets lost, take these steps:
Dogs should be licensed and microchipped and your contact information should be updated any time you move or change phone numbers.
Cats are not required to have a license in Los Angeles City, but they should be microchipped and your contact information should be updated any time you move or change phone numbers.
Don’t give up:
Sometimes scared animals hide and it takes them a while to let anyone see them. Some even hide in a neighbors garage.
NOTE: Spayed and neutered pets tend to stay closer to home. It’s the law in the City of Los Angeles to spay and neuter your pets.
If your pet is currently at one of our facilities, you will need to pay impound and other fees before he or she can be released to you. Redemption fees vary based on the type of animal, the number of times the animal has been redeemed (dogs), the amount of time your animal has been in our facility, and whether any veterinary services have been provided. To find out what it will cost to release your pet, please contact the Animal Shelter where your pet is located.
You can also register your missing animal with our lost pet registration service.
Click here for a service provided by pethabor.com to search for your lost your dog
Click here for a service provided by pethabor.com to search for your cat
Click here for a service provided by pethabor.com to search for other pets
You will be emailed automatically when an animal matching the description you provide is registered as FOUND or shows up at one the Los Angeles Animal Services Center. Emails are sent once per day and registration is valid for 30 days.