Lost & Found
Is your pet missing? After you have searched your neighborhood:
Check San Diego
County Animal Services shelters »
- When a loose
or stray comes into one of our shelters we post a picture of it onto
this website by the end of that business day.
We strongly encourage you to personally visit our shelters, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of information provided on this website.
Visit ALL the shelters within 20 miles of where your pet was lost.
- Do not just call the shelters; your pet may not be in the
records yet, or you may describe your pet differently than shelter
staff. e.g. your rust-colored dog, might be considered brown or red
- Visit the shelter more than once. Your pet may be turned in after you last called or looked online.
Animals unclaimed within the three-day holding period may be made
available for adoption.
- Animals without license tags or microchips are held for three days.
- Injured or diseased animals that are suffering may be held fewer days.
- If we can identify the owner, pets are held for five business days before being placed with adoptable animals.
- Place an ad
in Craigslist, NextDoor.com, local and city-wide news, social media
and online outlets. Include:
- Where the animal was lost with city and street name, closest cross streets
- Estimated date and time the animal was lost
- Color and markings of pet; size or weight; sex; age
- If your pet was microchipped
- Your phone number and/or email
- If you’re offering a reward, state the amount
- Check the Finding Rover App.
- Bring proof of a current rabies vaccination and dog license. If you do not have current proof, your dog may receive a rabies vaccination, if a veterinarian is available, and a license before you leave the shelter.
- If you don't have these, bring some other proof of ownership such as photos or medical records.
- At the shelter, copy the tag number on its neck and the kennel number, then take both numbers to the front counter.
If your pet was injured we will provide life-sustaining and pain-relieving care for it, but you need to follow up with your veterinarian.
- If your pet had medical treatment, a veterinarian or registered veterinary technician may provide additional information.
- Be prepared to pay fees for at least some of the care including food, vaccinations, medical services, impoundment and licensing.
Bring a leash to take your dog home. For other small animals, bring a secure carrier.
- You may buy an inexpensive leash or carrier at the shelter. We accept cash, checks, Visa or MasterCard.
Get a pet store dog tag. It's an inexpensive way to always have your phone number with your pet.
Download the free Finding Rover App and put your dog’s picture in their data base. This app has helped many retrieve their pet.