Losing a member of your family is a very stressful and upsetting event. Try to stay focused and organized about what steps you need to take to recover your lost animal.
If your animal is wearing I.D. with your phone number, make sure your answering machine is on and/or carry your cellular phone with you in case someone found your animal and is trying to reach you.
Search the neighborhood surrounding your home as your animal may not have traveled very far. Ask your neighbors (especially children who often notice stray animals when they're out playing) if they have seen an animal matching your animal's description.
Come to the SVACA Animal Care Center as soon as possible. Our Officers pick-up many lost animals every day and they may have already picked up yours. When you arrive, you should check in at our front desk. You will be asked to complete a form (click here to download a lost animal report), to look through our Lost & Found binder, and tour through our animal holding areas. If you did not find your animal, a Lost Animal Report will be filed.
While your animal is missing, we strongly encourage that you visit our center at least every other day, but you can also search for your animal here online. However, please do not rely solely on the website photos as picture quality can vary. Animals are often hard to distinguish from one another, especially solid-colored animals who often look alike. To search for your lost animal now, click here. Please note it is often difficult to sex our incoming cats therefore when searching for your cat, DO NOT indicate a preference for the gender.
You should also visit the shelters in neighboring communities such as San Jose Animal Care, the South County Animal Shelter (unincorporated areas), Palo Alto Animal Services and the Humane Society Silicon Valley.
Click here for a map of neighboring shelters.
Make "Lost Animal" signs and post them around your neighborhood and on
bulletin boards in local grocery stores, etc. Be sure to follow all
laws regarding the legal postings of flyers. Include your animal's
name, description and photograph. Make tabs at the bottom of your sign
with your name and number in-between dotted lines. Cut the dotted lines
so that if someone has seen your animal, he or she can easily tear it
off and take it with them. Click here to download a Lost Poster you are
welcome to use.
Have specific questions to ask callers claiming to have your animal (think scars, floppy ear, etc.) to distinguish your animal from a similar animal. Never put these peculiar features on your sign, as unfortunately there are unscrupulous people who may try to extort reward money.
Advertise in local newspapers. Some even offer free lost pet advertisements. The San Jose Mercury News Classifieds phone number is (408) 920-5111.
Check the "Found Pet" columns in your local newspaper daily.
There are many sites on the internet you can check. Just type in "Lost Pets" or "Missing Pets" to your favorite search engine. Craig's List is also a frequently used site for lost and found pets.
Feel free to download our brochure (pdf) for more information as to what you can do to find your animal.
Don't give up hope!! Some animals go missing for weeks, sometimes even months, before they are found by their owner/guardians.