I Lost a Pet
If you have lost an animal, please try not to worry. Relax and follow these steps. As soon as you can come down to the shelter and tell us you lost an animal. We can take you to every possible room with animals. Pictures can sometimes be deceiving so looking around personally is best.
Search our AnimalsSearch our Animals for animals that have been brought in.
No one knows your animal as well as you, and you may describe your animal differently than kennel staff members. If your animal is not here on your first attempt, don't give up! Someone may have your animal at their home while trying to find you, only to bring it here days, weeks, even months later.
Other ways to find your animal:
Post signs in your neighborhood, at local veterinary clinics and pet supply outlets, and place an ad in your local newspaper. Go door to door in your neighborhood, talk to service personnel (mail, trash, meter readers etc.). Visit the Shelter at least every other day! Check at neighboring shelters like the Humane Society of Ventura County, the Agoura Shelter, and Santa Barbara Co. Animal Services.
Here is a helpful guide to finding your lost pet: Pet Search Checklist
Sadly, we may have found your animal dead on a roadway or in your neighborhood. Please check the List of Deceased Animals for animals that have been picked up or turned in.
I Found a Pet
The animal you found may have a Microchip! Microchips cannot be seen or felt. Take the animal to a veterinary hospital or shelter to get scanned. Too many times we find people holding on to animals that have a microchip and an owner!
If you find an animal you may bring it to your local shelter or call us. We may not be able to respond to calls immediately. Once the animal is in our shelter, we'll hold it for at least the state-mandated time period while looking for the owner. If the owner does not reclaim the animal, you may be able to adopt it yourself. However, we do not, have not, and will not promise, reserve, or hold any animal for a specific person except the actual owner.
If you decide to hold onto the animal PLEASE make a real effort to locate the owner. You cannot legally give the animal to a "rescue" or other party until you've tried to locate the owner for at least 30 days. Place a "Found" ad in the local newspaper, fill out a Found Report at either or both of our facilities, notify the Humane Society of Ventura County and post signs in the neighborhood where you found the animal.