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.

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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:

Contact your local animal control agency

Call your local animal control facility to see if a report was filed matching the description of the animal in your care.

Use the AHS Lost and Found Pets Bulletin Board

Check to see if its owner has filed a lost pet report on the AHS Lost and Found Pets Bulletin Board. You can also post a found pet report with the animal’s picture, location and description to increase its chances of being reunited with its owners.

Schedule an appointment to bring the animal to AHS

If no report is found and you wish to bring to AHS, contact our Animal Admissions Center at (763) 412-4969. Together we will find a date and time for you to bring the animal in.

When you arrive at AHS we will scan the animal for a microchip, gather information about him/her and its circumstances and give the animal an initial evaluation for placement.

The animal will then be held for the state-mandated five days to provide its owner time to locate it. Stray animals are also posted on our online lost and found bulletin board to help facilitate its return home.

If the owner does not come forward and it is a candidate for placement, we will proceed with finding it a new home.

Stray cats and dogs that are friendly and would do well in a home are made available for adoption or placed in our adoption preparation programs. Feral cats that would not be appropriate or happy as pets may be placed in our Community Cats program.

Other options

You may also wish to consider taking the animal to your local animal control facility. If you have found the animal after animal control has closed for the day, please call their after-hours line or your local, non-emergency police number.

Before removing a cat from the area it was found, consider that some owners allow their cat outdoors on a regular basis. The cat you found may be a roaming owned cat. If the cat appears healthy and friendly, it likely has an owner and there's a good chance it will find its way back home on its own.

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.

  1. Provide your pet with a collar and ID tags. Include an up-to-date phone number where you can be reached. ID tags are available at our Golden Valley facility.
  2. Have your pet microchipped. Microchips are an implanted form of identification equipped to access your contact information when scanned at a veterinary clinic or shelter.
  3. Spay/neuter your pet. Studies have shown that sterilized animals are less likely to roam.
  4. Keep them safe when you’re out and about. Animals love the outdoors but it is our responsibility to protect them. Keep them close to home and away from traffic, unfamiliar animals and those who may not concern themselves with your pet’s best interests.
    • Leash your animal when outside — cats too! And keep them in your view at all times.
    • Leave them comfortable at home. Never leave your dog leashed outside a store or unattended in the car, even if it’s locked or the windows are rolled down.

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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