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Lost a Pet?

If your pet is lost, time is of the essence! DO NOT delay or assume "(s)he'll find his/her 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 different​ 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

    • ​​​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. If you think you see your pet on their lost pet pages, contact them immediately! 

Other local animal control agencies and shelters:

Last updated: 12/13/2019 1:04 PM