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Lost a Pet?

County of Santa Clara 
Animal Shelter
12370 Murphy Avenue
San Martin , CA 95046
(408) 686-3900
Fax: (408) 683-2776
Serving the Unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County

Click to download this tip card and list of local animal shelters!






Here are 4 simple tips!

Time is of the essence! DO NOT delay or assume "He'll find his way home." Your pet could be in another person's home, stuck in a garage or tool shed, or at one of the many local animal shelters. Without ID, animals are only required to be held in California shelters for THREE DAYS. With ID, animals are held for ten days, but if your pet's ID tags and/or microchip don't have your current information, they are useless. We recommend that you follow these steps to recover your lost pet.

Step One:
  • Check the animal shelters that provide service to your area.
  • View the photos posted online of the animals at that shelter
  • Call the shelter and make a lost report
  • Visit the animal shelters to see the animals. Visiting in person is critical as miscommunication can easily happen over the phone or internet.
Step Two:
  • If your pet is microchipped, call the microchip company to ensure it is registered and that the contact information is correct.
  • Do not assume that the veterinarian, breeder, or shelter that implanted the chip has registered it.
Step Three:
    • ​​​Lost pet flyers can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the shelter. See below! 
  • Often well-meaning people assume that stray pets have been abandoned, and will take them home.
  • Consider buying or renting a humane cage trap for a missing cat, as many frightened cats will hide close to home and not respond when called.
Step Four:
  • Post internet lost pet ads with photos.
  • Craigslist is a very popular site and a good place to start. You can search and post on other sites such asPetfinder and Petharbor.
  • Visit Missing Pet Partnership for more detailed pet recovery tips and links to pet detectives.
Don't give up! Some pets go missing for weeks before they are found. Pets can wander very far or be transported by well meaning people who found them, so it’s best to check all the shelters if you can, but at least check the one for your city.
Here is a list of all the animal control agencies in Santa Clara County including the cities they serve. Click LOST DOGS or LOST CATS to go directly to the page with the pictures of pets at that shelter. If you think you see your pet, contact them immediately!
Other local animal control agencies and shelters:
City of San Jose Animal Care & Services

2750 Monterey Rd., San Jose
(408) 794-7297
Serving the Cities of San Jose, Milpitas,
                             Saratoga, Los Gatos & Cupertino
                             San Jose Lost Dogs
                             San Jose Lost Cats
3370 Thomas Rd., Santa Clara
(408) 764-0344
Serving the Cities of Santa Clara, Campbell, Monte Sereno & Mountain View
3281 E. Bayshore Rd., Palo Alto
                                   (650) 496-5971
                                   Serving the Cities of Palo Alto,  Los Altos
                                   & Los Altos Hills
                                    Palo Alto Lost Dogs
                                    Palo Alto Lost Cats
7301 Hanna St., Gilroy 
(408) 846-0350
Serving the City of Gilroy
16200 Vineyard Blvd., Morgan Hill
                                (408) 779-2101
                                Serving the City of Morgan Hill
901 Ames Ave., Milpitas
(408) 730-7180
Serving the City of Sunnyvale
(831) 636-4320
                                             Serving San Benito County

                                             Hollister Lost Dogs
                                             Hollister Lost Cats
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