I Need Help With a Lost Pet.

Losing a pet is a scary feeling. Review the instructions below to learn what you can do to find your missing pet.

First steps.

  1. Your microchip company. Many veterinarians and animal shelters microchip pets. Microchips are tiny implants used for pets’ identification. They are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted between the pet’s shoulder blades. Oregon Humane Society microchips all shelter animals that we adopt out.
    • If your pet is microchipped, call the company to have them add a “lost or stolen” alert to your pet’s tag. If the pet is found and their microchip is scanned by a shelter or veterinarian, they will know that a concerned owner is looking for that pet.
    • Verify the contact information on your pet’s microchip is up-to-date.
  2. Your veterinarian.
    • Your pet’s rabies tag number can be traced to your veterinarian.
  • Ask family, friends, and neighbors to help you search for your pet.
  • Search every hiding spot around your house & yard. Walk through the neighborhood multiple times per day and call out their name.
  • Place clothing, toys, litter box, and other items familiar to your pet outside in your yard where your pet might smell them.
  • Post your missing pet’s photo onto online forums (see below). 
  • Put signs around the neighborhood or area where your pet was last seen. Include a photo and description of your pet, your phone number, and when your pet disappeared.
  • Important Tip: For your neighborhood posters, 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.

These links are provided as a resource only. These are outside organizations/companies, not affiliated with nor endorsed by Oregon Humane Society.

Next steps.

Check the county where the animal was lost to see if your pet was brought to their shelter.