Please read below to learn more about what you can do if you've lost a pet or found a pet, as well as how you can keep your own pet safe!
What to do if you lose your pet or find a lost pet:
1. Immediately contact the following organizations for your area:
Please remember to include details such as:
- Pet's name
- Your name
- Home phone number
- Work phone number
- Cell phone number
- Date lost
- The area pet was lost
- Size and/or weight
- Colour and markings
- Wearing a collar?
- Microchipped or tattoed?
- Veterinary offices
Look in your local phonebook to find a list of veterinarians you can call, and/or, Search online for local veterinarians using the College of Veterinarians of Ontario website.
2. Put posters up at:
All local veterinary clinics, pounds, kennels, pet stores, and farm suppliers, Any municipal offices, and In all public places with permission e.g. post office, restaurants and grocery stores.
3. Ask neighbours when or where they last saw the pet. Be sure to take along a picture.
4. Leave your name and phone number anywhere that your dog or cat could show up.
5. Put a lost (or found) ad in the local newspaper.
6. Put an ad on your local cable station.
7. Call your local radio station.
Please keep your pets safe! To prevent losing a pet, keep your animals securely and safely contained on your property. All animals should be microchipped as well as have visible ID tags (with owner contact information) on their collar. Shelters across Ontario receive thousands of stray animals each year, and many do not have identification. Identification is the best way to ensure that your lost pet can be reunited with your family! The Ontario SPCA also recommends that you spay or neuter your pet. In addition to many health benefits, spayed and neutered pets are typically less likely to roam.
Lost animals can encounter many dangers, such as:
- Getting hit by vehicles, especially in the winter when road conditions are difficult
- Falling victim to abuse
- Starving to death
- Suffering exposure/frostbite
- Getting in fights with other pets, strays or wild animals
- Getting diseases from other animals
- They could drink antifreeze or eat poisonous materials, sometimes these are intentionally left out for animals
- Cats could get stuck in car engines and be dismembered, die or be unintentionally taken for a ride