1. Search our Found Pet Reports
Animals are reported found by the public everyday. There are also found reports available for all the stray animals in our shelter. You should search found reports everyday until you find your pet.
Are you looking for a lost animal in a fire evacuation zone? Oregon Department of Agriculture has created a statewide Found Pet Database.
2. If your pet has been missing for more than 3 days
When lost pets come into the shelter without identification, they are held for only 72 hours (3 days) before becoming eligible for adoption. If your pet has been missing for more than 72 hours, look through the adoptable pets on our web site. Animals with identification are held for 144 hours (5 days) before becoming eligible for adoption. If you see your pet available for adoption, call (503) 988-7387 immediately.
3. Report your lost pet
If you don't immediately find a found report for your pet, submit a lost report. People who find pets search through lost reports to locate owners. It is very important to include a photograph of your pet.
4. Is your contact info current for license and microchip?
If your pet is licensed through Multnomah County, make sure your phone number is up-to-date. Changes can be made on the "Change License Information" page. If your pet has a microchip, be sure your contact information is current with the microchip company. You can also register any microchip for free on the Found Animals Microchip Registry. You can add photos, contact information and health information. You can use this service whether or not your pet's chip was previously registered.
5. Visit our shelter
6. Visit other local shelters
It's a good idea to check other local shelters regularly, especially if you live anywhere near a county line.
- Clackamas County Animal Control (dogs only) (503) 655-8628
- Washington County Animal Services (503) 846-7041
- Oregon Humane Society (cats found outside Multnomah County only) (503) 285-7722
- Dove Lewis Emergency Clinic (503) 228-7281
- SW Washington Humane Society (Vancouver) (360) 693-4746
- Columbia County Animal Control (503) 397-3935
- Marion County Dog Control (503) 588-5366
8. Register Your Pet and Look on PawBoost
Post your lost pet on PawBoost for free. PawBoost is like an AMBER Alert for lost & found pets. Over 4 million pet lovers have signed up for their local lost & found pet alerts. Thousands of pets are added to PawBoost's lost & found pets database every day.
9. Advertise and look everywhere
Put up lost pet signs. One of the most successful ways to find a lost pet is with fliers placed around your neighborhood. If you offer a reward, do not state the amount. Ask elementary schools in your area to post fliers. Children often find stray pets. Be familiar with lost cat behavior.
Search or place ads online:
- Craigslist (check the Lost & Found and Pets sections)
- Dove Lewis Lost & Found
- Animal Aid Lost & Found
Search or place print ads:
- Oregonian Newspaper (503) 221-8000
- The Columbian Newspaper (360) 694-3391
- The Gresham Outlook (503) 620-7355
10. Don't give up!
Many pets return home or are brought to the shelter months after they were lost. Remember: pets that come in without owner identification are held for 72 hours (3 days) before they become eligible for adoption. Be sure to check the shelter regularly.
When your pet returns, license and microchip your pet to enable a quicker and easier return should they become lost again.