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Lost a Pet?

If your pet is lost, time is of the essence! DO NOT delay or assume "He'll find his way home." Animal shelters might only hold a dog or cat for three days (sometimes less if there are significant health or behavioral issues). We recommend that you follow these steps to recover your lost pet.
Step One:
  • Check the animal shelters that provide service to your area and surrounding areas (sometimes just crossing the street can mean that your lost pet would find his way to a diffrent shelter). Check both on-line and in-person frequently for your lost pet.
  • While visiting area shelters, take time to complete a lost pet report. Bring photos to include if possible.
Step Two:
  • If your pet is microchipped, call the microchip company to ensure it is registered and that the contact information is correct. You can also register any brand of microchip on free databases such as
  • Do not assume that the veterinarian, breeder, rescue or shelter that implanted the chip has registered it.
Step Three:
  • Post highly visible signs around your neighborhood. 
  • Fill out and print this "Lost Pet" flyer
    • ​​​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 as Petfinder 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 search as far and wide as you can.
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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