Lost & Found Pets
What To Do If Your Pet Is Missing
There are ways to help ensure that if your pet becomes lost, it can be identified and reunited with you as quickly as possible:
I.D. Tags: Dogs, as well as cats, should wear a collar and I.D. tag that contains your pet’s name and your contact information. Many ‘indoor only’ cats make their way to CVHS, an I.D. would enable animal control officers or neighbors to quickly identify and return your pet to you. Remember, dogs must be registered each year in the town in which you reside. Contact your town offices for more information.
Microchip: The latest technology in pet identification is a microchip. The size of a grain of rice, a microchip containing your pet’s information is safely injected into the back of its neck. In the event your pet becomes lost, any shelter or veterinarian can easily identify the owner with the use of a special wand and a nationwide registry. Never worry about your pet losing a collar again. Microchipping normally costs between $50 and $100 per pet. You can have your best friend permanently identified at Cocheco Valley Humane Society for the low cost of $35.00 per pet and that includes the cost of registration! Give yourself peace of mind and protect your pet today, contact CVHS for an appointment or for more information at 603-749-5322 ex. 105.
If your pet becomes lost:
1. Contact your local and surrounding police departments to file a report.
2. File a lost pet report with CVHS and other humane societies in your area. Tell us/them where your pet was lost and all important identifying characteristics including size, age, weight, color, and any distinguishing markings. Download the CVHS’ Lost Pet Report. Email the completed form with pictures of your lost pet to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (603) 749-3484.
4. If the missing pet is a cat, be sure to search thoroughly on your property, as well as your neighbors’ properties. Check under porches, in garages, and anywhere else that a cat might hide. Search multiple times a day and double check places where you’ve already looked.
5. Post flyers with your pet’s photo and descriptions in and around your neighborhood and at area veterinary offices. Remember to include both your daytime and evening contact information.
6. Visit CVHS and other local humane societies in your area. Bring a flyer to post and ask them to check their lost/found pet log. Act quickly, lost or stay dogs and cats are held for 7 days before being evaluated and made available for adoption.
7. Check your local newspaper for reports of found pets. You may also consider placing an ad of your own.
If you find a lost pet:
Call CVHS at 603-749-5322 ext.107 for more information about where to bring a lost pet and, if necessary, to schedule an appointment for the animal to come to the shelter.