What to do if you’ve lost your pet

  • Act fast! By law, Colorado shelters are required to keep lost pets for 5 days.

  • Visit EVERY shelter -- the description you give over the phone may not match someone else's description of your pet, and many pets are found farther than 10 miles from where they were lost. File a lost report and leave a current photo at all shelters you visit. 

  • Check shelter websites (see list below) daily. If you see your pet on a shelter’s website, contact that shelter IMMEDIATELY. Shelters often require proof of ownership and charge a reclaim fee.

  • If your pet has been missing for more than 5 days, check pets for adoption at shelters.

  • Notify friends and neighbors that your pet is lost.

  • Contact veterinary clinics in your area. Use their “Lost and Found” bulletin boards.

  • Check “found” ads and post a “lost” ad in newspapers and on Craigslist.

  • Check websites such as www.craigslist.orgwww.dogdetective.com, and www.petharbor.com

  • Post fliers in a minimum 3-mile radius of where you lost your pet.

  • Call your local animal control agency to submit a lost pet report.

  • Don’t give up! Pets can be found months after they’re lost.
     

Click here for tips on how to safeguard your pet from getting lost.

 

THE FOLLOWING MDAWA MEMBERS MAY BE ABLE TO HELP
IF YOU HAVE LOST A PET:

ADAMS COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER/ADOPTION CENTER
10705 FULTON STREET, BRIGHTON, CO 80601
303.288.3294

AURORA ANIMAL SHELTER
15750 E. 32ND AVENUE, AURORA, CO 80011
303.326.8280

CAT CARE SOCIETY
5787 W.  6TH AVENUE, LAKEWOOD, CO 80214
303.239.9680

DENVER ANIMAL SHELTER
1241 W. BAYAUD, DENVER, CO 80223
720.337.1800

DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE
2080 S. QUEBEC STREET, DENVER, CO 80231-4067
303.751.5772

DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE BUDDY CENTER
4556 CASTLETON CT., CASTLE ROCK, CO 80109
303.751.5772

FOOTHILLS ANIMAL SHELTER
580 MCINTYRE STREET, GOLDEN, CO 80401
303.278.7575

THE GABRIEL FOUNDATION (BIRDS ONLY)
39520 COUNTY ROAD 13, ELIZABETH, CO 80107
303.629.5900

HUMANE SOCIETY OF BOULDER VALLEY
2323 55TH STREET, BOULDER, CO 80301
303.442.4030

HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE SOUTH PLATTE VALLEY
2129 W. CHENANGO AVE., UNIT A, LITTLETON, CO80120
303.703.2938

INTERMOUNTAIN HUMANE SOCIETY
67318 HWY 285, PINE, CO 80470
303.838.2668