Oregon Humane Society
  Lost Pets
I've Lost My Pet
  Steps to Locate a Pet


Take Action to Find Your Pet


  • Ask family, friends, and neighbors to help you search for your pet as soon as you realize your pet is missing. Be sure to check around your yard and under your deck.
  • For a lost indoor-only or timid cat, think like a cat and look at every hiding spot possible in your yard and your close neighbors. Lost cats will remain hidden and quiet. And, perhaps, inside the house.
  • Walk, bike, drive, or jog through your neighborhood every day and more than once to look for your missing pet.
  • Place clothing, toys, litter box, and other items familiar to your pet outside in your yard where she/he might smell it.
  • Put signs around the neighborhood or area where your pet was last seen. Include photo and description of your pet, your phone number, and when your pet disappeared. Make sure you have voicemail set up to take any messages.
  • Call your veterinarian. Your pet's rabies tag number can be traced to your veterinarian.
  • Ask your mail person, newspaper delivery person, and anyone who travels throughout your area regularly on business to look out for your pet.
  • Pets (like dogs) can wander far very quickly and some (like cats) may be right under your nose. However, you can give flyers with a color photograph and description of your pet to these organizations within 30 miles of your home. Visit or contact these organizations as much as possible. Remember that some places may not have the resources to help you over the phone.
    • Animal Shelters
    • Humane Organizations and Rescue Organizations
    • Animal Control Agencies
    • Local Police Department
  • Place "Lost Pet" ads in your local newspapers. These show you're actively looking for your pet, in case someone else claims it.
  • Check the "Found Pets" ads in your local newspapers every day.
  • If permitted, post your flyers at these businesses in your area:
    • Gas Stations
    • Restaurants/Fast Food Places/Taverns
    • Convenience and Grocery Stores: add an extra poster in their pet food aisles
    • Veterinary Clinics/Pet Groomers/Pet Stores/Animal Trainers
    • People who walk dogs in your area (they're quicker to spot animals)
    • Laundromats
    • Churches/Community Centers
  • In your flyers and ads, offer a reward, if possible.


Important Tip
For your neighborhood posters and newspaper ads, leave out one identifying feature in your pet's description, such as a splotch of color on the nose or extra toes. This protects you from pet-recovery scams and is a sure way of verifying that someone definitely found your beloved pet.





More Tools Online


The Internet offers many resources to list a lost pet.  The most popular in the Portland area are shown below (for complete list, visit our Online Resources page):


  • DoveLewis' lost and found pets database lists animals brought to their Portland facility and accepts lost/found pet posts from the public
  • Check Petfinder.com where you can look through a national database and post a picture and report of a lost or found pet
  • Check craigslist in Portland, which has an active lost and found section


Additional Resources