Lost Pet Network
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Lost Pet Network
In an effort to return lost and straying pets to their owners,
Animal Services maintains a lost and found network. Current rabies
tags can be traced through the office and animals returned to the
owner without being impounded. We can also trace ownership of a
stray through the use of microchip identification.
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 they may
still be around the general area. Owners are asked to visit the
shelter in person within 24 hours of losing their pet, bring a
picture of the animal if possible. Stop at the front office and let
us know that you are looking for a lost pet. Once you have
determined that they are indeed lost, you should follow these steps
to maximize the chances of finding it.
Your first step is to come to the facility and view the stray
wards. It is always best to visually identify your pet rather than
reading a description.
View the Found Animal binder in the facility, one contains found
animal reports and the second contains information of Animals found
- 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, petfinder.com, 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 may 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