When a pet goes missing, acting fast is key. Here are some ways to spread the word. If you’ve found a pet who may be looking for his owners, we’ve got tips for you, too.

People who have either lost a pet or found a stray pet should:

Contact your local animal control officer and the animal control offices in the surrounding towns.

  • Per state law, found dogs must be reported to animal control. Found cats and other small domestic animals should also be reported. Some animal control officers also have microchip scanners, so they may be able to assist you in performing a microchip scan of the found pet in case there is a microchip that is registered to an owner.
  • If you’ve lost a pet, let your ACO know it is missing, just in case it is brought or reported to animal control. And continue to check with the ACO for several weeks. Animal control officers often cover huge cities on their own, so you should check in regularly about any lost or found pet reports.

Contact local veterinarians and groomers.

  • Let them know that you’ve found a pet, in case they receive a call from its owner, or let them know if you’ve lost your pet, in case it’s brought or reported to them.
  • Most veterinary hospitals also have microchip scanners, so they may be able to assist you in performing a microchip scan of a found pet in case there is a microchip that is registered to an owner.

Utilize local newspapers, websites and social media.

  • If you’ve found a pet, post its information on these platforms and check through existing posts/listings to see if a family has listed the pet as lost. Some helpful sites include connecticutcatslostandfound.org or “Lost and Found Dogs of Connecticut” on Facebook, under the “lost” section.
  • If your pet is lost, use these platforms to spread the word. Make sure to search through existing posts in case someone has posted your pet as found.

Contact CHS.

  • If you’ve found a cat or other small domestic pet and animal control is not able to assist, see if the Connecticut Humane Society can accept the pet.
  • All CHS locations have microchip scanners and can perform a microchip scan on a found pet in case there is a microchip that is registered to an owner.
  • If you’ve lost a cat or other small animal, check the CHS listings to see if someone has brought it to CHS. See the listing below for stray pets that are currently at CHS. If you see your pet there, please contact CHS at 800-452-0114 or e-mail info@cthumane.org.
  • Visit the adoptable pets section to see if you find your pet listed there. If so, please contact CHS at 800-452-0114 or e-mail info@cthumane.org.
  • If you don’t see your pet listed on either the adoption pages or in the found listings below, download one of the following flyers loaded with handy search tips. Have you lost a cat? Have you lost a dog?

Found Pets