Lost Pets Tips
Lost Pets Tips
If you’ve found a lost/stray animal.
You should report stray animals by phone to your nearest Animal Control agency (either your municipal or county shelter). If the dog or cat is friendly and approachable, you can try to contain the animal to determine if it has an identification tag on with a name, address or phone number of its owner. If no identification tag is present, you can transport the animal to your local animal control services to be scanned for a microchip and held to reunite with the owner.
The Humane Society of Utah does not take in stray pets and requires proof of ownership for surrendered pets. Since owners will be searching for their lost pet in their local area, taking a lost or stray animal to your local animal control services offers owners the best chance of finding their pet.
If you’ve lost a pet.
The Humane Society of Utah urges you to visit your local Animal Control services and local veterinary clinics in person since it may be difficult to find a pet based on a verbal description or photo.
Remember to keep checking with other shelters as the stray holding period depends on when the animal was received. Some individuals attempt to find owners on their own before bringing the animal to a shelter. You may also try the Facebook group Utah Lost and Found Pets. Read more tips at PawBoost and consider using My Lost Pet Alert and Lost Pet USA services.
We recommend that you check your shelter(s) at least every other day in person. You know your pet better than anyone else and will be able to identify your pet in person. Visit our Admissions Department in person during regular business hours to check.
We also strongly recommend having your pet microchipped and registered to you as a safe and permanent way to identify your animal. Remember to keep your contact information updated with your pet microchip registration company.