We know how traumatic it can be to have your pet become lost. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help bring your furry family member back home as quickly as possible. See below for tips, and fill out our LOST ANIMAL REPORT.
TIPS FOR FINDING A LOST PET
1. Check our Adoptable Animals page. If you recognize your pet, call FAAS at (510) 337-8565 to make an appointment. Be sure to bring proof of ownership along with you (pet license, veterinarian records, photos of you with your pet, a copy of your adoption agreement, etc.).
2. Send FAAS a LOST ANIMAL REPORT.
3. If your pet is microchipped, confirm with the microchip company that your contact information is current.
4. Contact Bay Area animal shelters to see if your pet was brought in as a stray. For a list of shelters and rescues in the San Francisco Bay Area, click here.
5. Create a flyer to post in your neighborhood and email to neighboring shelters, rescues, veterinarians, groomers, pet supply stores and other pet-related businesses. Some of the services listed below offer flyer templates and distribution assistance.
6. Visit online services that help people reunite with lost pets:
- PetHarbor – A national online database of lost, found, and adoptable pets.
- Finding Rover – Uses pet facial recognition system to identify matches in area shelters.
- Lost My Doggie – Sends free alerts on your behalf to shelters, flyer templates.
- Lost My Kitty - Sends free alerts on your behalf to shelters, flyer templates.
- Pawboost – Sends free alerts to their subscribers via text, and posts to Facebook.
- Missing Animal Response Network – Provides information, tips, and lost pet recovery training.
7. Post notices on Facebook, Craigslist (East Bay Lost & Found), and other social media sites. When posting, always include a photo and ask people to share your post (you might need to change privacy settings on your post to "public" to enable sharing). Local groups such as Nextdoor, Alameda Lost Pet Alert, Alameda Peeps, and Oakland Lost and Found Pets will help spread the word.
8. Don’t give up! Lost pets have been found at shelters weeks, even months after they went missing, and were happily reunited with their families.
9. When you find your pet, please remove the flyers and post updates to social media. If your pet was not microchipped, have it done! *
* FAAS microchips pets of Alameda residents for $20. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, appointments are required. Please call (510) 337-8565 to schedule an appointment.