Lost & Found

What To Do When Your Loved One Gets Lost

I lost my pet. Now what?

Please complete a Lost Report . Reports can also be filled out at the shelter.

We encourage you to come to the shelter and ask to personally see the dogs brought in as “strays.” This is particularly important if your pet is a mixed breed because descriptions can vary widely.

If your pet is microchipped, contact the microchip company to see if someone has called in your pet’s information. If your contact information is out-of-date, a shelter or vet might be trying to find you.

Check websites such as IndyLostPetAlert, and local Facebook and NextDoor groups.

Place an advertisement in the paper. Include a picture.

Post your pet’s photo at all major intersections, nearby markets, pet supply stores, or any place where someone who might be sheltering your pet would go for supplies.

Advertise at all nearby veterinary clinics. If your pet has been injured, a “Good Samaritan” might bring him to the nearest vet for treatment.

If you’ve lost your cat, focus your search around your home and neighborhood. Frightened cats look for small nooks and crannies to hide in, so checking under decks and porches and inside bushes is a good place to begin your search.

I found a pet. What now?

Check with neighbors to see if their pet is missing. Knocking on a few doors often is the quickest route to a happy reunion.

Check for tags or identification.

If the animal has no ID, take it to a local veterinarian or bring it to HSHC to be scanned for a microchip.

Always report a found pet to HSHC and other area shelters. Filing a Found Report helps us match a Lost Report, if one exists. Found Reports can also be completed at the shelter.

Stray Cats

Stray Dogs

Love & Let Live

Every animal deserves a second chance at love — and life. We invite you to be part of the solution and give back to the animals who give us so much.