Resources for Recovering Lost Pets

To find a lost pet, first check the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.


Post signs in your neighborhood that are large and eye-catching. Be sure to post a picture of your animal on the sign and write your contact information in large print. By offering a reward for your animal, you increase the chances of finding him. 

Place a lost pet listing with all shelters in your area. Go to the shelters to actually look at the animals. Click for location and hours of Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

Lost and found pets are often listed on websites. Go to Craigslist, Petfinder and lost pet websites to list your pet or see if someone has found him. Also, let your friends and family know your pet is lost using email and social networks.

Talk to Your Neighbors
Ask your neighbors if they have seen your pet, even for a second. You should also ask them to keep an eye out and check basements, garages and sheds. Children in the neighborhood are much more likely to notice an animal, so be sure to ask them too.

Try a Humane Trap
Occasionally, your pet may become so scared that it cannot be lured back into your home. In this situation, please call our staff at 831-454-7203 to request information about humane trapping.

Don’t Give Up
Sometimes it can take months to find a lost pet. Use all these methods every day, and don’t give up.