If the pet is wearing any ID, contact or find the owner
- A Philadelphia Dog License can be traced by contacting ACCT Philly at 267-385-3833 or email@example.com.
- A Rabies tag will have vet’s or shelter’s name on it. Contact them with the tag number so they can contact the owner.
No tags? Have the pet scanned for a microchip.
- Bring the pet to any vet office or animal shelter, which can scan them for a chip. Then, search the number on www.petmicrochiplookup.org to get contact information for the company the chip is registered with. Contact the microchip company, and they will contact the owner on your behalf.
Search Your Neighborhood for the Owner
- Look around the neighborhood and ask people if they know anyone searching for a missing pet. The first place owners look for their pet is in their own community, so it’s important to spread the word right away, as someone may recognize the pet and be able to help you reunite them!
- Post flyers with the pet’s photos, date found, and your contact information at businesses to catch your neighbors’ attention. Here is a free template you can use.
- Please note: Cats who are missing the top part of an ear, known as an “ear tip,” are not lost. They are community cats who live outdoors, and have been spayed or neutered. If you see a cat whose ear is tipped, leave it where it is.
Hold Onto the Pet and File a Found Pet Report with ACCT Philly
When filing a found pet report, you must submit your contact information and email address so that ACCT Philly and/or the owner may contact you if a match is made. You may file a found pet report here: http://www.acctphilly.org/foundpet/foundreport/
Post to Social Media and Similar Sites
The internet is an incredible resource for reuniting lost pets with their owners. Post photos, along with information on where the animal was found, what date, if they have any identifying markings, tags, collars, etc. Remember: Pets can travel a long distance in a short time. Don’t be skeptical if a person lost a pet far away from where they were found. Make sure to ask for proof of ownership (pictures or vet records).
- Post on Facebook and tag ACCT Philly’s Lost and Found Pets page so they can share your post
- Petco Love Lost
- Lost and Found Pets of Women’s Animal Center
- Your neighborhood’s lost and found pet group on Facebook:
Did you find a kitten or litter of kittens?
If the kittens are very little, their mom may be returning! Please leave them where they are and check back in a couple hours. If their mom has not returned, they’ll need to be fed and stimulated every couple of hours. If you’re unable to do that, you can bring them to ACCT Philly. If the kittens are older and friendly, they are candidates for adoption and you can contact local shelters or rescue groups, including us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If they are older but don’t seem social with humans, the best option is TNR (trap, neuter, return), which you can find resources on here. For more guidance on deciding how to proceed after finding kittens, read more here.
Bring the animal to ACCT Philly
This should be your last resort if you are unable to locate the owner yourself. The shelter is extremely full, and a pet has a better chance of being reunited with its owner (or finding a new home) in your care. (Seriously ill or injured animals can be brought to ACCT Philly if you cannot hold onto the animal or seek veterinary care.)
Did you find an owner?
Great work! Make sure to ask for proof of ownership (pictures or vet records) before handing over the pet.