Lost & Found Pets Michigan
What to do if you've lost or found a pet
The Michigan Humane Society is committed to reuniting families with their lost pets. Those looking for lost animals can visit any of our three locations in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland during regular adoption center hours.
Please note that lost animals can only be identified in person. When coming to identify/reclaim a lost pet, you must bring personal identification: your driver’s license, state ID, etc. Please also bring photos of your pet, veterinary records, or other documentation that may help to identify that the animal is yours. It is also important to note that a boarding fee will be charged upon release of your animal. These fees are vital to help cover the cost of caring for your pet during his/her stay with us.
It's estimated that one in three pets will get lost at some point in their lifetimes. Tragically, less than 20% of lost pets will ever be reunited with their guardians if they have no identification to speak for them. Before the unexpected happens, the Michigan Humane Society recommends that all dogs and cats have two points of protection: 1. A collar with visible identification in the form of a current ID tag as well as a license tag as required in your community, and 2. A microchip, which provides a safe, effective and permanent form of ID should your pet's collar or tag fall off -- or get removed. If your address or contact information changes, remember to update your pet's tag and microchip; otherwise, they become useless. Contact an MHS veterinary center about microchipping your pet!
If your pet is missing, it's up to you to aggressively search for him or her. The more action you take, and the sooner you begin searching, the more likely you are to find your lost pet. We recommend you check local animals shelters daily for your lost pet.
The Michigan Humane Society cares for an estimated 10,000 stray pets annually, and requires that you visit in person to look for your lost pet; we are unable to take lost/found pet information by phone or email.
- Call your local animal control or policeto alert them of your missing pet and inquire if any stray animals have been picked up matching your pet's description. Leave your contact information.
- Take a walk. Sweep the area on foot that your pet was last seen. Be sure to talk to neighbors, mail carriers or others working in the area about your lost pet. Take at least one walk daily.
- Post flyers. Download a template and create a flyer for your lost pet that you can post, with permission, in as many local businesses as possible. You will need a clear, recent photo of your pet. Include your phone number(s). Adding a reward can be helpful.
- Leave food and water and something familiar (such as a blanket, bed or favorite toy) outside near your door. Animals may return on their own when no one is home, and having food, water and something familiar may encourage them to stay in the area.
- Visit in person your local animal shelters, daily. There are most likely several facilities in your area that could have your pet. Start with the facility that is legally responsible for holding strays in your area (usually, but not always, this is an animal control shelter). Then visit other nearby facilities as well.
- Post your information online using our online Lost/Found tool, dubbed the ePole. You can upload a photo and provide the location of where your pet was last seen. If you have found a lost pet, you can post this information in our "Found" pet section. Remember to include your contact information, a description of the animal and the location the pet was lost or found near. Note: MHS cannot match postings with animals cared for within its facilities.
- For cats- put their litter box outside. Cats have a good sense of smell and can recognize their own scent, so this may help your cat find their way home. Keep the litter box in a covered area away from precipitation, if possible. If there are other outdoor cats in the area, be aware that they may use the litter box or spray near it - which could make this method less effective.
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More tips for finding a lost pet...
In most parts of Oakland County your first call should be to Oakland County Animal Control at 248-391-4100. In some areas, you should call additional facilities.
In Pontiac you should also call Pontiac Animal Control at 248-758-3360. Michigan Animal Rescue League (MARL) in Pontiac also takes in strays and can be reached at 248-355-9290. In Royal Oak call 248-546-6304. In Troy call 248-542-3477. If your pet becomes lost in Macomb County, call 586-469-5115.
LOST PET FLYERS/POSTERS
Download a Flyer Template (.doc)
Use the template to make up flyers. The flyers should include a large, clear, recent photo of the lost animal, a complete description and the area where he was lost or last seen. Don't forget to include your telephone numbers. Consider offering a reward. For safety purposes do not give your address or full name on the poster.
File a lost report with your local paper and check the FOUND reports in the paper daily. Many local newspapers will run lost pet ads for free. Place an ad giving a full description of your pet, the area in which he was last seen, and your telephone numbers.
LOCAL VETERINARY OFFICES
In addition to hanging posters, call and speak to the receptionist. Ask if they have received any animals matching your pet's description.
Search your neighborhood every day, especially in the early morning and evening when cats are most active. Call your pet's name. Be sure to stop often, be quiet, and listen! Bring a flashlight for those dark places where an animal may hide.
Your pet might be on your own property! Cats especially can get stuck in the most peculiar places. A lot of cats get stuck in garages, sheds, crawl spaces. Think creatively, your lost pet probably did!
LURE HIM/HER HOME
Familiar smells can be helpful. Put something that smells like you on your porch or somewhere the lost pet may smell it. You can put food out, but remember, it may attract uninvited guests such as raccoons and skunks.
To conduct a thorough search, also contact animal control and animal welfare agencies in neighboring counties.
WHEN YOU FIND YOUR ANIMAL
Please take down all posters you have hung. To keep the community interested in helping, it is important that only true "lost" flyers are posted. If your animal escaped from your yard, check your fence thoroughly. Repair any holes and don't forget to look up - did your pet find a way to climb over?
If your pet wasn't wearing a collar and ID tag before, immediately purchase a properly fitting collar with identification tags. Additionally, consider permanent, safe and effective identification such as a microchip (contact MHS to ask about our microchipping services). Always keep your pet's identification up-to-date: this saves lives!
If your dog or cat is not spayed/neutered, have it done immediately. This will curb your pet's desire to roam, and will prevent the birth of generations of additional homeless animals.
LOST & FOUND PET CONTACT INFO BY CITY
The following list provides the names and phone numbers of many animal shelters and animal control facitilies in the greater tri-county area. If you do not see your city or township listed, call your local police or sheriff's department for more information.
Please Note: MHS requires that you search in person for your lost pet. MHS cannot accept lost/found pet information by phone or email.
Allen Park- 734-246-1328
Armada/Armada Township - 586-469-5115
Beverly Hills- 248-540-3420
Bloomfield Hills/Bloomfield Hills Township- 248-644-4200
Bruce Township- 586-469-5115
Dearborn Heights-313-791-3497 or 313-277-6770 For after hours and Weekends
Farmington Hills- 248-391-4102
Garden City- 734-942-7591
Grosse Ile Township-734-469-7145 or 734-552-7436
Grosse Pointe/Grosse Pointe Farms/Gross Pointe Park-313-822-5707
Grosse Pointe Shores/Grosse Pointe Woods-313-884-1551
Lenox Township- 586-469-5115
Lincoln Park-313-381-1800 Ext 252 OR 734-287-6550
Lyon Township 248-391-4102
Macomb Township 586-469-5115
Madison Heights 248-837-2784
Milford / Milford Village 248-391-4102
Mount Clemens 586-469-6847
New Baltimore 586-469-5115
New Boston 734-753-4400
New Haven 586-469-5115
Northville Township 248-349-9400
Oak Park 248-691-7450
Orchard Lake 248-391-4102
Pleasant Ridge 248-541-1180
Plymouth Township 734-354-3232
Raye Township 586-469-5115
River Rouge 313-205-1732
Rochester/Rochester Hills 248-391-4102
Rose Township 248-391-4102
Roseville 586-447-4482 or 586-777-6700
Royal Oak/Royal Oak Township 248-391-4102
Shelby Township 586-469-5115
Southfield Township 248-540-3420
South Lyon 248-391-4102
St. Clair Shores 586-469-5115
Sterling Heights 586-446-2879
Sumpter Township 734-461-4833
Sylvan Lake 248-391-4102
Van Buren Township 734-942-7591
Walled Lake 248-391-4102
Washington Township 586-469-5115
West Bloomfield 248-391-4102
White Lake 248-391-4102
Wolverine Lake 248-391-4102
ID tags are your companion animal's ticket home should he slip out of the house or yard. Dogs and cats should wear a non-choke type collar and ID tags at all times. In addition, microchips or tattoos can provide extra protection should he slip out of his collar.
The Michigan Humane Society offers microchipping through a regular veterinary appointment or at a reduced fee at the time of adoption from one of our three locations.
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