Lost Pets

Lost Pets

What To Do When Your Pet Is Lost

Don’t give up!

Pets can go missing quickly, whether through an open door or gate at home or when frightened by loud noises, and it can be a traumatic experience for both pets and the people who love them. Here are some tips to help you find your pet.

Find Your Lost Pet

Search Your Neighborhood and Engage the Community

According to an ASPCA survey, about half of missing dogs and a third of missing cats were found by searching their local neighborhoods.
  • Walk or drive through your neighborhood and post flyers in surrounding areas. Offer a reward and use bold headlines like “LOST DOG” or “MISSING CAT.”
  • Ask neighbors, letter carriers, and delivery drivers if they have seen your pet. Sometimes scared animals hide and it takes them a while to let anyone see them. Some even hide in a neighbors garage.
  • Check with veterinarians in the area your pet was lost to see if any injured animals have been turned in.
Utilize Social Media
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Post a photo and description on various social media platforms that focus on your neighborhood.

Some social media recommendations include:

LA City Lost and Found Pets
Nextdoor.com

Petco Loves Lost

Upload a photo of your pet on Petco Love Lost, a searchable national database that uses facial recognition technology

Go to Petco Love Lost
PawBoost

PawBoost is like an AMBER Alert for lost pets. Millions of pet lovers have joined their Rescue Squad by signing up for localized lost & found pet alerts. More importantly, PawBoost has helped reunite over 1 million pets with their families. Posting is free, with optional premium services available.

Report a Lost Pet or Found/Stray Pet to PawBoost

Contact Your Nearest Shelter

South LA

View the Lost Pet Search on our website to check if your lost pet is at one of our Centers. 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. Be sure to check the hospital ward and isolation areas in addition to the regular kennel areas for your pet.

In order to redeem your pet, you must present proof of ownership. Proof may include photos, vaccination records, or adoption certificates, among others. You also must present a valid form of government-issued photo identification (i.e. drivers license).*

Be wary of pet recovery scams

These are people who insist that you give or wire them money in advance before they’ll return your pet. Ask them to send you a photo of your pet to see if they have your pet. If they refuse, they may not have your pet.

Additional Resources

Animals found by members of the public are listed here.

You can also register your missing animal with our lost pet registration service provided by petharbor.com

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.

Pet Recovery Scam

Thank you to our lifesaving partners who help us care for #LACityPets