Tips on Finding Your Lost Animal

Not every tip will be useful for every situation and animal, but read below to see what might be helpful for you.

 

IMPORTANT

Think your pet may be at the shelter? Call (530) 527-3439 immediately. Strays are typically held 4-7 days before being placed up for adoption.

Found an animal? Please take it to a vet clinic to be scanned for a microchip, and to determine its age, sex, and breed. This information is crucial in matching a pet to an owner.

Looking for your dog? Check here:

Unclaimed dogs at our shelter

Dogs found in the community

 

Looking for your cat? Check here:

Unclaimed cats at our shelter

Cats found in the community

 

Looking for another animal? Check here:

Unclaimed other animals at our shelter

Other animals found in the community

 

Found an animal?

Can you match it to one of these lost reports?

Lost Dog Reports

Lost Cat Reports

Other Lost Animal Reports

 

          Where to Start

  1. Report a lost animal with the stray holding facility in your area. (For Tehama County, the City of Red Bluff, and the City of Corning, that's us!) The more thorough and accurate you are, the more likely they are to make a match. Include a photo of your animal whenever possible. Add a picture to any flyers you post, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. a photo. Please include your name and your pet's name, so we can add the photo to the correct report. See these sites for help identifying breeds and colors: dog breeds / cat color guide

  2. Begin looking immediately. Your own animal may continue to hide, even if they recognize you. Don’t assume that your animal will come to you right away. If they are nervous or scared, they may remain where they feel safe (or hidden). Try looking during quiet times (early morning, late evening); you are more likely to hear any responses from your animal.

  3. Spread the word about your lost pet. The more people who are aware of your lost animal, the better! Talk with neighbors and post fliers in your neighborhood and on public bulletin boards.

  4. Create a lost pet flyer. Include the animal’s name, age, size, breed, color, photo, the area where the pet went missing (city, major crossroads, etc.) and your contact info. Create a free flyer here!

  5. Post on sites like Craigslist, Pawboost, and Facebook Lost & Found pages.

  6. Contact nearby veterinary offices. Sometimes people post found information there or bring the animal in to be looked over or checked for a microchip.

 


The links below have more specific tips on where to search:

Mission Reunite

Lost Dog Search Tips

Lost Cat Search Tips

 


 

Tip: Cats are especially good at hiding. Where possible, set live humane traps. Make sure you are using a trap large enough for your animal. Use a high quality canned cat food as bait. Make sure to check the trap at least every 12 hours. Don't forget to check under bushes, cars, porches, in garages, sheds and wood piles, or any place else your pet might feel safe.