Tips to find a found pet's owners

Personally find the pet’s owners

If you choose to keep a lost animal in your care:

Check the animal for identification.

  • If there is an ID tag, contact the owner immediately.
     
  • If there is not an ID tag, consider taking the animal to a local veterinary office to be scanned for a microchip.

Let your community know about your new friend.

Lost pets

Lost pets

Quick action and personal involvement in the recovery process are key components of recovering your lost pet. These steps can help you locate a lost pet as quickly as possible:

Notify the authorities

Contact your local animal control agengy and/or non-emergency police department. File a lost pet report and ask where your animal will be taken if s/he is picked up by one of these agencies.

Notify your veterinary clinic and microchip company to let them know your pet is missing. Confirm that they have current contact information for you.

Use the AHS Lost and Found Pets Bulletin Board

Check the found pets and stray animals sections of the AHS Lost and Found Pets Bulletin Board to see if your pet has been found. If not found there, post its picture and information to the lost pets section. Check back every day until your pet is found.

Post lost pet notices on other online sites

You can also post a lost pet notice in other online venues:

Search your neighborhood

Search your neighborhood every day until your pet is found. Post notices throughout the neighborhood using a clear, up-to-date photo. Talk to your neighbors and any neighborhood businesses. Offering a reward can also be helpful.

Follow up

When your pet is found, remember to take down any notices you've posted online and around your neighborhood.

Found pets and strays

Found pets and strays

Animal Humane Society is an open-admission organization that accepts any animal, for any reason. Our five metro-area shelters provide us with the best opportunity to place stray animals that are not reunited with their owners into new homes. See the stray animals currently in our care.

Here's what to do if you find a stray:

Stray animals in our care

Stray animals in our care

The animals listed below are strays currently residing at one of our five facilities. Each will remain in our care for five days after it arrives in accordance with Minnesota state law (seven days for animals brought in from Wisconsin). If after that time the animal isn’t claimed, it will be considered for immediate placement.

If you think one of these animals might be your missing pet:

Keeping your pets safe

Keeping your pets safe

There are several steps you can take to keep your pets safe and reduce the likelihood that they’ll become lost or stolen.

Lost and found pets

Lost and found pets

Animal Humane Society offers an online bulletin board to help reunite lost pets with their families.

Report a Found Pet - Submission Received

You've reported a found pet successfully

You've successfully posted the pet you’ve found to Animal Humane Society’s Lost & Found Online Bulletin Board. You may edit the post at any time by visiting: (insert unique URL here) After 30 days, the post will expire from our website.

Additional information on how to locate the pet’s owners can be found by reviewing our Tips to Help the Lost Pet You’ve Found.

Thank you for helping the lost pet you’ve found.

Report a Lost Pet - Submission Received

You've reported a lost pet successfully

You've successfully posted your lost pet to Animal Humane Society’s Lost & Found Online Bulletin Board. You may edit the post at any time by visiting: (insert unique URL here) After 30 days, the post will expire from our website.

Please review our Tips to Help Find Your Lost Pet for additional information on how to locate your lost pet.

We hope you and your pet are reunited soon.

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