Lost & Found
Lost & Found
In an effort to return lost and straying pets to their owners,
Animal Services maintains a lost and found network. Current rabies
tags and microchips can be traced through our office and sometimes
animals are returned to the owner without being
I lost my pet
If you lost your pet, first thing you should do is check the
immediate area around your home. It could be possible that your pet
may still be around the general area. Check under decks, under
bushes, neighbors yards, or garages (even the smallest areas).
Once you have determined that they are indeed lost, you should
follow these steps to maximize the chances of finding your pet.
Owners are asked to visit the shelter in person within 24 hours
of losing their pet, bring a picture of the animal if possible. We
are located at 4517 North Main Street in Rockford, IL.
It is always best to visually identify your pet rather than
reading a description. However, you can view online descriptions of
lost animals currently being held at our facility. If you see a
description that even vaguely fits your animal, please come and
look in person. You are the best person to identify your lost
Stop at the front office and let us know that you are looking
for a lost pet.
Here are other tips for finding your lost animal:
- View the Found Animal binder in our front office, one binder
contains found animal reports and the second contains information
of Animals found deceased.
- Fill out a lost report and submit it to the front desk
- Come back every day to view the stray ward.
- Contact your local veterinarians.
- Visit other area animal shelters or contact other rescue
- Place a lost Ad in the local paper, petharbor.com, helpinglostpets, etc.
- Post your lost animal on your Facebook page, or post a report
on Facebook pages such as Lost Dogs Illinois, Lost Dog of
Wisconsin, or Lost Cats of Illinois.
If you find your pet at the shelter, you will be required to pay
a fee to reclaim your pet. As part of the reclaim fee, your pet
will have a microchip implanted for identification purposes. Other
services that may be included in the reclaim fee are boarding,
handling, rabies vaccination and county tag. If your pet has a
current rabies vaccination and pet license, please bring proof with
you when reclaiming to avoid additional fees.
We keep stray dogs for seven days, and even though there is no
required holding time for cats, we try to hold stray cats for four
days. After which, all strays may be considered for adoption based
on health and temperament.
I have found a pet!
If you find a lost animal, the first thing you should do
is call Animal Services. The lost dog or cat may have a county
registration tag or other identification tag. If there is a county
registration tag, make sure to inform the call taker so we can
search for the owner based on the tag information.
You may also take it to a local vet to scan for a microchip. We
will ask you for information for a found animal report. You may
also bring the lost animal you found here to the facility or call
for an Animal Service Officer to pick the animal up.
To release a stray lost animal you will need to provide your
State issued ID. We will scan for a microchip and registration