Lost & Found Pet Program
If you have lost or found a pet please email us the following:
- Name of pet (if known)
- Age of pet (if known)
- General description of pet (including color, weight, distinguishing marks, etc)
- If the pet is lost was it micro-chipped?
- Where pet was lost or found (be as specific as possible)
- Your contact information (identify if you'd like us to post your contact info)
- Please include a picture in .jpg format
Email your information to the link below and we will place your lost or found pet on this site as well as our link sites within 24 hours.
Lost Found Pet Email Things to remember about your lost or found pet
If you found a pet
- Do your part! Don't rely just on the agencies you contact.
- Place fliers around your neighborhood as well as adjoining neighborhoods.
- Take fliers to local vets.
- Take fliers to local pet stores.
- Contact Stanislaus County Animal Services and make sure it wasn't turned in. (If you live in the cities of Riverbank or Oakdale contact Oakdale Animal Services. If you live in the city of Turlock contact Turlock Animal Services)
- Notify your neighbors personally.
- Check local dog parks (especially if you usually take them there, they may think they're on a "walk" and go right where they're used to going).
- Place an ad in the newspaper.
- Place an ad on Craigslist.
Preventative Measures Are The Key
- The HSSC is not a government authority and cannot take in "strays" or "found" animals. As there are laws in the state of California governing animals they must be turned into the Stanislaus County Animal Services or the Animal Services of Oakdale/Riverbank, or Turlock.
- When you take in a "found" pet you take on a huge responsibility for the care of that animal. You should do the same types of tasks as the person who lost their pet.
- You can take the animal to most vets offices to check to see if your found friend has a micro-chip.
Losing a pet is heart wrenching, so do the simple tasks to prevent them from getting lost in the first place. Here are some tips to follow.
- Micro-chip your pet. Keep the number and contact number of your micro-chipping company in your wallet or purse. Make sure you actually register your pet once it's micro-chipped. Keep your contact information updated with the chipping company to ensure you can always be contacted. Ensure you offer them several contacts other than yourself as a way to get a hold of you.
- Keep pictures current.
- Make sure your neighbors know your pet. If they know that "Fluffy" belongs to Joe and Sue they'll know when she's not where she needs to be.
- Keep your fence and gate in proper working order. If "Skippy" is a jumper, perhaps you need a dog run or a higher fence.
- Make sure your pool person or gardener know your pet. If they spend a lot of time outside then the pool guy or gardener will know when and where the pet is supposed to be.
- Make regular vet visits. This will allow your vet to get to know your pet, as well as the office staff. This will make it easier should your pet get lost for them to identify pictures of pets coming in.
- Choose a local vet. A vet closer to your home is more likely where a good person will go should they find your pet.
- Don't let your pet wander off leash when you walk them. First, it's illegal. Second, it shows them they can roam.
- Get to know people at your dog park.