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How You Can Help!
How to Look for a Lost Pet
ACT IMMEDIATELY — DO THIS FIRST!
GO TO THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER.
Click here for hours and locations. This is imperative because an animal's description is subjective, and one person's description of an animal may not necessarily match yours. CHECK THE SHELTER EVERY DAY!
IMPORTANT! You may use the valuable "LOST PETS Web Listings" tool at the right, but please remember that nothing is a substitute for personally checking for your lost pet at the shelter. Also, if our software goes down for any reason, your pet might be at the shelter, but the picture might not get uploaded right away.
IMPORTANT! Select ONLY "Animal Type" when doing this online search. Leave all other categories as "No Preference" to ensure that you see as many animals as possible and avoid eliminating animals because of the way categories are defined.
BE PROACTIVE BY TAKING THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL ACTIONS:
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter handles all lost pets within Santa Cruz County except the city of Capitola.
If you have found a lost pet within Santa Cruz County, bring it to the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter. We will attempt to locate the owner and reunite the pet with its family. If an animal is wearing identification or a microchip is found during scanning, attempts will be made immediately to contact owners.
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter receives nearly seven thousand animals each year. One person's description of a German Shepherd mix is going to vary greatly from another's. We do not want to risk misidentifying your pet! It is an owner's responsibility to come into the shelter to look for a lost pet. The front desk staff and dispatchers cannot advise you whether your pet is or is not at our shelter. All animals are held for four days before being evaluated for adoption.
IF YOUR LOST PET IS AT SANTA CRUZ COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER