If You Find a Lost Animal,
Here are some recommendations to ensure a lost pet is returned to its owner
Please be careful handling an unknown animal. Lost pets may become frightened and may bite or scratch, causing injury to you or others. If you cannot safely handle the animal, call our 24-hour dispatch center for assistance at (562) 940-6898.
Take the animal to your local animal care center. County animal care centers are open 24 hours a day to receive animals. This is the best place for a lost pet, and will create the greatest likelihood it will be reunited with its owner. The care center will scan the animal for a microchip and will have the animal readily available if the owner claims it. We will also ensure the animal receives all required vaccinations and other care.
Place “Found” fliers where you found the animal. Use ads in local newspapers and Internet sites to spread the word. Talk to mail carriers and other people who frequent the area to see if they know where the pet lives.
You can post photos of lost and found pets to our Facebook page.
If you are thinking about bringing a pet to one of our animal care centers
Surrendering your pet to one of our animal care centers should be a last resort. We strongly encourage you to explore all options before surrendering your pet. The best time to change your mind about surrendering your pet is before you bring it to us. Here are some critical things you need to know before you decide to bring an animal to one of our animal care centers:
How long will you hold my pet?
There is no established length of time that we can hold an animal, as the animal care center’s population can change daily based on many factors.
Animals surrendered by their owners are immediately available for adoption. Our animal care centers keep animals a minimum of four days, not including the day of impoundment. In many cases, pets are held for adoption for weeks or even months. Owners surrendering their pets to one of our animal care centers can assist in the successful rehoming of that pet by providing as much information about the pet as possible. Information such as the pet’s physical needs, personality, temperament, medical history, housebroken status, and tolerance of other animals and children, can assist us in placing the pet in the most suitable home for its physical and behavioral needs.