Lost or Found a Pet?

 

I have lost my pet.  How do I find it?

  • Immediately contact your local animal shelter to file a lost pet report (include a clear photo).  Then visit the shelter daily to check for your pet.  Remember that shelter workers are often overburdened and may not recognize your pet if it arrives.  It is YOUR responsibility to check daily.  In Kent County, the local shelter is Kent County Animal Shelter at 740 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids. Call 616.632.7300 for directions and hours of operation.   In Kent County, you should also file a report and visit the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson NW, Grand Rapids  616-453-8900
  • Immediately notify the homeowners and businesses in the vicinity and post fliers (with photos) near where your pet was lost.
  • Put social media to work by posting your lost pets photo on sites like Facebook and ask your friends to share on their pages.  You should also post your pet on  the Facebook page "For the Love of Louie,  Michigan Lost Pet Lookers"
  • Call local veterinarians to see if someone has contacted them or brought in an injured animal whose owners are unknown.  Take a "lost" flier to local veterinarians.
  • Check the “found” ads on Craigslist and place a “Lost” ad here for free. Post several phone numbers where you can be reached in the event your pet is found.  Include a clear photo in your ad.
  •  Put a "Lost Ad" in the Grand Rapids Press and other local papers. Check the "Found Ads" in local papers. 
  • Cats often become frightened when they get outside and will hide nearby. Be certain to search not only in the daytime but in the quiet hours of the night when you are more likely to hear them if they are making noise. Sometimes simply shaking a treat or food bag will elicit a response
  • With lost pets, time is of the essence.  MOVE QUICKLY and do not stop looking.  Many pets are found weeks and even months later.
  • Post your animal on BISSELL's Lost Pet USA!!

What do I do if I have found a stray?

If you cannot keep the animal while you are trying to find the owner, take it to your local animal shelter.  In Kent County, that would be The Kent County Animal Shelter, 740 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, 616-632-7300. 
If you can keep the animal while trying to find the owner, here are a few tips in trying to locate them:
 

  • Take the animal to your veterinarian, Animal Shelter or Humane Society and get it scanned for the possibility of a microchip 
  • Call your local animal shelter and/or Humane Society to report a "found" animal.  If you are not certain of the breed, please do not guess as it might throw the connection off. Just give a description of the animal and the location where you found it and, even better, include a photo of the animal.  In Kent County, the local shelter is Kent County Animal Shelter at 740 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids. Call 616.632.7300 for directions and hours of operation. In Kent County, you should also file a report and visit the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson NW, Grand Rapids 616-453-8900 
  • If you or someone you know uses social media like Facebook, be sure to post your "found" pet there. Remember that unscrupulous people might try to claim pets that are not theirs. It is best to keep some small detail about the animal to yourself and ask any callers to identify this detail or provide clear photos of their pet before releasing that animal to them.  Found pets can be listed on the Facebook page "For the Love of Louie, Michigan Lost Pet Lookers"
  • Put a "Found Ad" on Craigslist. Be wary of unscrupulous people who are trying to claim animals that are not theirs(especially purebred animals)! It is best to keep some small detail about the animal to yourself and ask any callers to identify this detail or provide photos of their animal. Put flyers up around your neighborhood and town 
  • Put flyers with a picture and information around your neighborhood and town. Put flyers with a picture and information around your neighborhood and town .Put flyers with a picture and information around your neighborhood and town.  Put a "Found Ad" in the local papers. It's free and they will run it for 10 days.
  • Don't just assume that because an animal is in bad shape that someone just dumped it off.  Many owned animals will look quite ragged after just a short time running loose. 
  • List your "found animal" on BISSELL's Lost Pet USA!!