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To improve the lives of the animals in our care, be timely and compassionate in our responses, educate the public through community outreach and, provide for the health and safety of the citizens and animals of Ventura County.

✓ Pet Search Checklist

VISIT: www.missingpetpartnership.org - It's a great list of comprehensive tips on finding: fearful animals, feral cats and aloof dogs. Also includes how to think like a lost pet, effective signage tips and much more.Lost Dog
SEARCH: Conduct a physical search around the neighborhood. Search for DOGS and CATS differently! Read on...
  • Search neighbors’ yards (with permission), under decks and bushes, and in sheds, garages, and crawl spaces.
  • Cats: If you search too fast around bushes/garages you'll miss them. They don't move when they're hiding. Grab a flashlight and move slowly around.
  • Visit local shelters (Do not rely solely upon pictures on websites.)
  • Call/visit local vets (find a list of local vets at www.webvet.com/main/vetfinder).
  • Rent wildlife cameras and/or humane traps (one of the most important steps for missing cats)

POST SIGNS: Post signs where the pet was lost/last seen (obey local sign laws*)

  • Post neon “Lost Cat/Lost Dog” and/or “Reward” signs at intersections and around neighborhoods
  • Use step stakes to post signs at intersections/on lawns (with permission)
  • “Tag” your car windows using neon markers (usually for dogs only)
  • Distribute flyers to local vets, coffee shops, bulletin boards, neighbors, etc.
  • (*we recommend Googling “sign ordinance” with your city name to determine the sign ordinances in your area)

POST/SEARCH ONLINE: Search and post ads to classified websites and newspapers. 

HOPE: This is the most important tip — DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE!  Many pets are recovered weeks, or even months after they go missing.

Our website (www.vcas.us) updates every 30 minutes as new animals arrive.