What To Do If You Lose Your Pet

Lost Pet Flyer

Losing your pet is traumatic. Your first inclination is, of course, to panic. But you stand a far greater chance of finding your pet and returning him or her safely home if you follow these simple steps.

1. Prior to losing your pet – Take several color photos of your pet, identify the best one and make multiple prints. On the back of each print write your pet’s name, approximate height and weight, and your name and phone number. Put these away for future use.

2. Proper identification is your single best chance for finding your missing friend. There are several kinds of pet ID’s available; Tags for the pet’s collar, with your name and phone number on it (it is important to have your cat or dog wear their collar at all times), a Microchip, or Tattoo.

3. When you first find your pet missing, contact all appropriate Humane Society offices and County Animal Control offices that may apply. Their numbers are listed below.

4. Whenever possible, bring a picture of your pet to each Humane Society shelter where your pet could be brought. A photo is significantly better than just a verbal description because staff can do a visual comparison on the spot.

5. Then, for each Humane Society office you contacted, make a return visit every few days. While animal shelters try their best to match lost pets with their owners, the best way to find your pet is to actually walk through their kennels yourself.

6. If you put up signs around town, use your animal’s photo whenever possible.

Suncoast Humane Society (Englewood)..…………………………. 941-474-7884
Charlotte County Animal Control……………………………………. 941-833-5690
Charlotte County Sheriff’s Dept…………………………………….. 941-474-3233 or 639-2101
Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County (Port Charlotte)……. 941-625-6720
Lee County Animal Control (Includes Boca Grande)………………. 239-432-2083
Lee County Gulf Coast Humane Society (Fort Myers)..…………… 239-332-0364
Humane Society of Sarasota County (Sarasota)………………..…. 941-955-4131
Sarasota County Animal Control (Sarasota Co. Area)……………. 941-861-9500
Sarasota County Animal Control (North Port Area)………..………. 941-426-3111
Sarasota County Sheriff’s Dept……………………………….……… 941-861-1701
Sarasota County Animal Services (Administration office closed on week-ends) 941-316-1081

If you find a lost or stray animal it is best to contact your county Animal Services or Animal Control to have the animal picked up. At the very least, contact the agencies listed above with a description of the found pet. If an animal is Micro-chipped, Animal Control Officers, Shelters, and most Veterinarians have scanners to identify the owner.

By law, stray animals brought to a shelter are held for only five days – after which, if the animal is unclaimed, it can be legally adopted out to someone else. Don’t wait around a couple of days to see if your pet comes back on its own! If you have lost or found an animal, you can call us at 941-474-7887, come to Suncoast Humane Society during business hours, or fill out the Lost and Found Form.

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