Lost A Pet
ACT IMMEDIATELY, TIME IS CRITICAL
• SEARCH YOUR PROPERTY AND NEIGHBORHOOD THOROUGHLY. Cats and small dogs can get into tiny spaces. Look behind, under, and inside your appliances and furniture. Check your roof, attic and trees for cats. Also look for cats during the nighttime hours as they are nocturnal and may respond to you calling them.
• ASK EVERYONE YOU SEE IF THEY HAVE SEEN YOUR PET: the postman, newspaper deliverer, meter reader, pool cleaners, gardeners, trash collectors, school crossing guards. Give them a lost flyer with a picture of your missing pet and ask them to call you if they see your pet.
• KNOCK ON DOORS as a neighbor may have found your pet and is holding onto it for a period of time if there is no ID tag.
• POST FLIERS WITH PHOTO OF PET AND TELEPHONE NUMBER: People need to be
able to see the photo and the telephone number, not a lot of small writing. If you offer a
reward, don’t specify the amount. Be sure to post flyers at all local intersections, businesses,
and veterinary offices. Post at each entrance and exit of all nearby neighborhoods at eye level.
REPOST every few days as the flyers are regularly removed by city workers.
• CONTACT LOCAL AND 24 HOUR EMERGENCY VET HOSPITALS: your pet might be injured
and brought in by a Good Samaritan.
Orange County Veterinary Specialists (Tustin): 949-654-8950
Orange County Emergency Pet Clinic (Garden Grove): 714-537-3032
Orange County Emergency Pet Clinic (La Habra): 714-441-2925
VCA All Care (Fountain Valley): 714-963-0909
Crown Valley Animal Care Center (Laguna Niguel): 949-495-1123
• RUN AN AD IN THE LOST CLASSIFIEDS IN THE NEWSPAPER.
The OC Register is 714-796-7000
The Daily Pilot is 714-966-4600
Call your local Pennysaver
Run a free lost ad on Craigslist: www.Craigslist.com
• WORDS OF CAUTION: NEVER respond to a “found” pet contact alone. Take someone with
you and arrange to meet in a public place, not your home. Be on the alert for money scams. If
the person who claims to have found your pet cannot describe certain features to you, it’s
possible they don’t have your pet!
• CHECK ALL LOCAL SHELTERS EVERY 1 OR 2 DAYS: Most shelters will only hold onto lost
pets for 4 days if there is no ID tag or microchip, or 7-10 days if there is an ID tag or microchip.
Do not assume that if your pet had a collar or ID tag, that you will be called since collars can
come off while a pet is missing. Be sure to ask shelter staff about animals that are being treated
in areas of the shelter that are not available to the public for viewing such as injured or sick animals.
• CHECK ALL SHELTERS IN THE AREA: Sometimes, people who have found a pet will take it to
another shelter that they think is a no kill shelter, even if it’s farther away. Others may take the
pet home to a different area, then lose it.
• DO NOT GIVE UP! Some animals take days while others take weeks to months to show up at
shelters, even years in some cases! Someone may be holding onto your pet, but decide in a
month or two to take it to the shelter.
• IF THE PET HAS A MICROCHIP, CONTACT THE MICROCHIP COMPANY: Confirm that your
microchip registration information is up to date, with current contact phone numbers.
CHECK PET LOST AND FOUND WEBSITES:
- www.helpmefindmypet.com - will fax “lost” fliers to animal hospitals and shelters in your area
- www.petamberalert.com - will fax “lost” fliers to animal hospitals and shelters in your area
• CONTACT THE AAL HELPLINE: LEAVE THE PET’S DESCRIPTION, DATE LOST, LOCATION
WHERE THE PET WENT MISSING, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER: AAL will contact you if someone
calls about a found pet matching your pet’s description.
ORANGE COUNTY SHELTERS:
Orange County Animal Care Services in Orange - 714-935-6848 - Photos of incoming animals are uploaded every 30 minutes on their website www.ocpetinfo.com
Mission Viejo Animal Services Center - 949-470-3045 - Serves Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo no website postings
San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter - 949-492-1617 - Serves San Clemente and Dana Point Lost and found pets are posted at: www.petprojectfoundation.org - www.petharbor.com
Irvine Animal Care Center - 949-724-7740 - Serves Irvine - www.irvineshelter.org
Laguna Beach Animal Shelter - 949-497-3552 - Serves Laguna Woods and Laguna Beach
Newport Beach/Corona Del Mar Animal Control - 949-644-3717
Orange County Humane Society - 714-536-8480 - Serves Newport Beach & Costa Mesa - www.ochumanesociety.com
Costa Mesa City Animal Control - 714-754-5311
Westminster Animal Control - 714-548-3201 - 714-887-6156 (WAGS)
Santa Ana Animal Control - 714-245-8792
Seal Beach Animal Care Center - 562-430-4993 - Lost pets are taken to Long Beach Animal Care Services - 562-570-7387