Time is of the essence! DO NOT delay or assume “he will find his way home”. Your pet could be in another person’s home, stuck in a garage or tool shed, or at one of the many local shelters. We recommend that you follow these steps to recover your lost pet.
The first step is to call your local police department to see if anyone has found an animal matching your pet’s description. Next, check the surrounding animal shelters that provide service to your area. Fill out the lost report below and then make a follow up call in the following days. Visiting in person is also critical as miscommunication can easily happen over the phone or internet.
If your pet is microchipped, call the chip company to make sure it is registered and that the contact information is correct. Do not assume that the vet, breeder or shelter that implanted the chip has registered it.
Post highly visible signs around your neighborhood. Often well-meaning people assume that stray pets have been abandoned, and will take them home. Consider buying or renting a humane cage trap for a missing cat, as many frightened cats will hide close to home and not respond when called.
Post internet lost pet ads with photos. Craigslist.com is a very popular site and a good place to start. You can search and post on other sites such as lostdogsofwisconsin.org.
Remember: Don’t give up! Some pets go missing for weeks before they are found.
Use the appropriate pdf below to tell us about your lost pet. If we currently are sheltering this animal or come across it, we will use this information to contact you.