Loosing your dog is anyone's worst nightmare.
Dogs can get lost for any reasons.
Knowing what to do next is the first step in finding your dog.
My dog is lost! What do I do?
Step 1: Check the shelter that provides service to your area. For your convenience we have provided direct links to the lost and found section of the various shelters in your area at the bottom of this page. Please view the photos of the animals at that shelter, then call the shelter and make a lost report, then go down there in person. Visiting in person is critical as miscommunication can easily happen over the phone or internet; your "Lab mix" may be listed as a "Pit Bull mix" and the blurry photo may resemble a "Border Collie mix." Shelter staff and volunteers will cross-reference lost and found reports and do their best to make matches, but don't rely on that either.
Step 2: If your pet is micro-chipped, call the chip company and make sure that it is registered and that the contact information is current. Do not assume that the vet, breeder, or shelter that implanted the chip has registered it for you. Do not assume that someone in your family updated the info when you moved or changed your phone number. Four out of five micro-chipped pets coming into the shelter have chips which are not registered or are registered with old, useless information.
Step 3: Make signs with pictures and post them all around your neighborhood. Often well-meaning people assume that pets without ID tags have been abandoned, and will take them into their home.
Step 4: Post internet lost pet ads with photos.Craig's List is a very popular site and a good place to start.You can post on many other sites such as Petfinder and Pet Harbor.
Step 5: Here are the names, contact info, and jurisdictions of all the shelters inSanta Clara County. Pets can wander very far or be transported by well-meaning people who found them, so it’s best to check all the shelters if you can, but at least check the one for your city. Click here to go to find shelters in your area: Shelters
SF South Bay Shelters
Palo Alto Animal Services
3281 E. Bayshore,
Palo Alto , CA 94303
Palo Alto , Los Altos , Los Altos Hills, Mountain View
Humane Society Silicon Valley
2530 Lafayette St.
Santa Clara , CA 95051
Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority
2324 Walsh Ave.,
Santa Clara , CA 95051
Santa Clara , Monte Sereno, Campbell
San Jose Animal Care & Services
2750 Monterey Rd.
San Jose , CA 95111
San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Saratoga
Morgan Hill Police Department
Gilroy Police Department
Holister Animal Shelter
West end of South Street / 375 Fifth Street
Hollister, CA 95023
Santa Clara County Animal Care & Control
12370 Murphy Ave.
San Martin , CA 95046
All unincorporated areas of the county
Our help to you! Our clients receive our complimentary service called: MyK9Home.
Signing up is simple. You receive a free tag with our info on it. Should your dog get lost we actively help search for your dog. Our help can be anything from making posters, putting up posters in your neighborhood, going by animal shelters, posting on the internet, etc. Once your dog is located we will pick it up and drop it off at your home at no further expense. Our complimentary service is priceless should your dog ever get lost! MyK9Home is another initiative by Beyond Companions LLC. Free of charge!