ü      Immediately talk to all of your neighbors – ask them if they have seen your pet, put them on alert and ask them to check inside sheds, cars, boats, etc. on their property that the pet could have gotten into while open and is trapped inside.  Cats are especially known to do this and then don't make a sound when trapped inside.

ü      Talk to your mailman.

ü      Contact all the veterinary hospitals in your area and the Emergency Animal Clinics (they treat rescued injured animals for free) in case your pet was injured and already taken in or brought in later by someone.

ü      Check the County and Humane Society shelters every other day.



Catch and confine the animal somewhere.  Reporting that you have seen a stray pet running down your street doesn’t do any good.  The animal is at great risk of being hit by a car or other mishap.  You can greatly help its chances of surviving and finding its owners by catching it.  Dogs often have ID tags on that have an address or phone number and are supposed to have County license tags on.  You can then call the County  with the number to identify the owner.  You should also take it to your vet to have it scanned for a micro-chip as many pet owners are having these implanted in their pets now.



CALL:             Arizona Pet Line - 602-252-2727 
(maintain computerized database)

                        1-888-Pets 911

                        County Impound (dogs – need 
                              license #)  – 602-506-7387

                        Missing Mutts & Cats – 480-898-8914


If you have a computer/internet service:

             maricopa.gov (community resources, 
                  Animal Care & Control

            Azcentral.com (pet lost & found)

             petfinder.com (homes for homeless animals)

  (you can use these for finding a home for a pet too if you cannot find the owners & other info)


Put up signs in your neighborhood such as a local Petco or Petsmart.

Call & put up signs in veterinary hospitals in the area; take to your vet to see if it has been “microchipped.”

Check lost & found ads in the newspaper frequently and for awhile.

Place an ad in the Arizona Republic - will run free “Found” ads for 2 days (602-444-2424).


WARNING– Do not provide too much information in signs and ads; leave some specific info for a person to definitely identify the pet you have found or lost.  Unfortunately, there are people out there who sound very sincere, but only want a free animal to sell to research labs, and some really sick ones who get some kind of enjoyment out of telling people they have found their pet and it is being tortured or some such horrible thing. 


Also, don't give up too soon.  Sometimes it just takes a while for word to get around or an animal to show up somewhere.  We've heard stories of pets being found after months!  


PREVENTATIVE MEASURES - keep current identification on your pet.  Make sure children and workers at your home know to close doors and gates and securely (this seems to be one of the most common ways for pets to get out).  Have a micro-chip implanted.  This procedures has resulted in many returned pets in recent years.