Lost and Found Pets

Important Note:

If you have LOST an animal, please check with the City of Chicago’s Animal Care and Control facility, 2741 S. Western, Chicago, IL, (312) 747-1406 or The Animal Welfare League, 6224 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL, (773) 667-0088.

Our Lost & Found Services

Stray animals that are brought to The Anti-Cruelty Society are transported to an authorized holding facility (Chicago Animal Care and Control: (312) 747-1406 or The Animal Welfare League: (773) 667-0088) for the legally mandated stray holding period. These animals may be transferred back at the completion of the stray hold.

If you Lost a Pet:

Visit Every Shelter Often

It’s important that you visit every animal shelter in the area to look for your pet. It is necessary that you look for your pet in every shelter that holds strays because the description you give may not be the description another person would provide for that animal. For example, one person may describe the animal as being gray with white stripes and the next person may describe the animal as being black with cream stripes.

Act Fast

  • Please check the shelters daily until your pet is found. Don’t assume that a shelter will house your animal any longer than a few days.
  • Contact the local veterinary practices in your area. They may have a “Lost & Found” bulletin board in their office.
  • Notify people who are familiar with your pet that it’s lost
    Read the “found” ads and take out a “lost” ad in the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, or your local paper.
  • Consider the old fashion pet finding techniques like posting fliers where you live (if your neighborhood permits it) and make sure you look for fliers that may be describing your pet found.
  • Reach “Lost Dogs Illinois” on Facebook to create a free flyer, receive free tips and resources and post on social media.  Lost Dogs Illinois website.

Don’t Give Up

The first few days your pet is lost are most important. However, sometimes pets are found even after months of searching!

Why Pets Stray

One of the most common reasons a pet will stray from home is if it is not spayed or neutered. Spaying or neutering your pet will eliminate your pet’s reproductive instincts and, therefore, decrease the chances of it straying from home to search for a mate. If you are interested in utilizing the Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, please click here for more information or to schedule an appointment.

If You Found a Pet:

Bring it to The Anti-Cruelty Society or to the nearest animal shelter as soon as possible.



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