If You Find a Pet


Shadow is a free app for reuniting lost and found dogs and cats. If your dog or cat is missing, download the app now.

If You Find a Pet

Dogs:

  1. If the animal is sick or injured, please call us at 562-940-6898.
  2. If the animal appears aggressive, please call us at 562-940-6898.
  3. Check for a collar or tags: if there is a phone number on the collar itself or a tag, try calling and texting the number.
  4. Check for a chip: if safe to do so, have the animal scanned at a local veterinary clinic or pet supply store for a microchip.
  5. Go for a walk: Being mindful of safety and physical distancing, take found dogs for a walk in the neighborhood where it was found. Talk to the neighbors to see if anyone knows the dog, and be on the lookout for any gates left open the pet may have gotten out from.
  6. Social Media: Post a clear picture and location where the animals were found on your social media page and local social media pages.
    • Facebook, NextDoor, and Craigslist, are great places to start. Post in the Lost and Found sections and make sure nobody has posted on the “lost” section an animal matching the one you found.
    • Download the Shadow App https://shadowapp.com/ to post your found pet and help them reunite with their family!
    • lostmydoggie.com is also another lost pet site that can be used
    • Post on our Care Center Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LACoAnimals
  7. If you are unable to find the owner, reach out to your local animal care center for assistance! Please schedule an appointment prior to your visit call us at (562) 940-6898.
  8. If you have contained a stray dog but cannot safely handle it, call our 24-hour dispatch center for assistance at (562) 940-6898.

Cats:

  1. If the animal is sick or injured, please call us at 562-940-6898.
  2. Is this a kitten? Click HERE
  3. How long have you seen this cat?
    • SHORT TIME: this cat may be a neighbor’s new cat or an indoor cat that got out. If friendly, take the cat to be scanned for a microchip at your local vet, put up flyers and post on social media (see dogs section above).
      • Refrain from feeding the cat, or they may not go home, if the cat comes and goes it most likely belongs to someone.
      • If you know someone has abandoned the cat, try rehoming that cat or reach out to us.
      • If you are unable to reach the owner, reach out to your local animal care center for assistance! Please schedule an appointment prior to your visit call us at (562) 940-6898.
    • LONG TIME: The cat is a “community cat”
      • If you are feeding the cat, have the cat spayed or neutered. If you can no longer care for the cat, consider rehoming the cat, or see if there is someone in the neighborhood who can take over care.
      • If you are NOT feeding the cat, check out the ASPCA for helpful tips on deterrents HERE

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