Tips for Finding a Pet's Owner

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Follow these steps to find a pet's owner as quickly as possible.


  • Search the Lost Pet database by zip code to see if a similar pet has been reported lost.
  • If your pet is not listed, create an account and register in the Found Pet listing.
  • Take the pet to the closest veterinary clinic, shelter, or police station to be scanned for a microchip. The embedded microchip has the owner’s information, so the pet can be reunited with its owner quickly.
  • Call police, sheriff, animal control, Humane Society, veterinary clinics and animal shelters in your area to see if a pet has been reported lost. For telephone numbers for these organizations, use our handy Zip Code Search.
  • Make flyers with the pet’s picture to post in your area. High-traffic streets, grocery stores, libraries, coffee shops, gas stations and drugstores are great places to hang flyers
  • Place an ad in the Classified section of your local newspaper. These ads are usually free. Place an ad on Craigslist too.
  • Send an email to neighbors and friends and ask them to pass it on.
  • Make sure that the pet gets returned to the rightful owner. Ask to see a photo of the pet or vet records, or get other identifying information, before turning the animal over.
  • Change your Profile and pet’s status on
  • Take down flyers.
  • Never give up!

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