In all cases of stray or missing pets, whether dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or other pets, the first place to check is your local county animal services agency.
Please review the list of agencies below.
County agencies include:
Each county has different protocols when handling lost or stray dogs. If you’ve lost or found a dog, please click the metro area nearest you to learn what steps to take.
In Multnomah County, all stray dogs must be transported to Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) in Troutdale. For other counties in the Portland metro area, see the list above.
At the county shelter, provide a color photograph and description of your lost pet. Visit the agency’s website or shelter every day to check for your pet.
OHS Salem serves as an additional resource to local county agencies. Your next steps will differ depending on where the dog was lost or found.
- In Marion County: Contact Marion County Dog Services at 503-566-6966.
- In Polk County: If the dog is lost or found within the city limits of Dallas, Independence, or Monmouth, call the corresponding police department. If the dog is lost or found outside of city limits, call OHS Salem at 503-585-5900, ext. 300.
- File a report through the button below.
Each county has different protocols when handling lost or stray cats. If you find a cat, please click on the metro area nearest you to learn what steps to take.
Stray and lost cats are held at Multnomah County Animal Services in Troutdale and at Washington County Animal Services in Hillsboro. Visit those agencies depending on where your pet was last seen. Provide a color photograph and description of your lost cat. Visit their website or shelter every day to check for your cat.
Oregon Humane Society Salem Campus currently serves Marion and Polk Counties as a resource for community cats. Learn more and file a report through the button below.
- 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.
- 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. Search your house and yard immediately. Lost cats tend to remain hidden and very quiet and a lot of times right around 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 them.
- 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. 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.
- If your pet is microchipped, contact the microchip company and have them put a “lost or stolen” alert on the pet’s microchip so that if it is scanned by a shelter or veterinarian, they will know that a concerned owner is looking for that pet.
- Place “Lost Pet” ads in your local newspapers and websites. 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 businesses in your area. 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.
Found Pets & Strays
If you find a pet or stray animal, please contact your local animal services agency in order to give the pet the best chance of being reunited with its owner. You can find the animal services agency closest to you by searching online for “animal services” in your area.
If your county jurisdiction does not have facilities for stray cats, contact OHS Portland Campus at (503) 285-7722, ext. 212, or OHS Salem Campus at (503) 585-5900 ext. 300 for additional resources.
These links are provided as a resource only. These are outside organizations/companies, not affiliated with nor endorsed by OHS.
- HomeAgain offers a robust lost pet recovery network.
- DoveLewis Lost & Found Pet Database provides listings of stray pets brought to their NW Portland facility and allows community members to post reports of lost/found pets.
- Craigslist has an active lost and found section.
- Cats in the Bag provides tips you can use to find your lost cat.
- Missing Pet Partnership
- Lost Cat Finder
- Nextdoor lets you interact with your neighborhood network.