Found Animals

 

If you have found a pet, think lost, not stray. Thank you for taking in this lost pet and for all you are doing to help find the owner. Please follow these suggestions to help in your efforts:

 

If you have found a dog. 
  1. Check for a license or ID tag. No tags? Ask around your neighborhood in case the dog lives nearby.

  2. Take the dog to the nearest veterinarian or shelter to have the dog scanned for a microchip and checked for a tattoo.

  3. Notify all of the correct authorities to report the dog found. Call your local police (non-emergency line). Also, call your local animal control agency (ACO), to complete a found dog report. Call any other shelters and veterinarians in the area.

  4. Please check the Lost Dogs of Wisconsin Missing Dog Album to see if the dog you found matches with any of the missing dogs listed.  If you do not see the dog, fill out a Found Dog Report Form

  5. Lost Dogs of Wisconsin volunteer flyermakers will make your found dog flyers for posting. Please email us a copy of your flyer to post on our web site and facebook page. 

  6. Post flyers around the neighborhood and at animal service businesses.

  7. Post on your local Craigslist, in your local newspaper (found ads are often free), in other lost and found internet/Facebook sites and on our Facebook pages. 

  8. When someone calls in response to an ad and/or flyer, ask the caller’s name and telephone number and tell him/her, you’ll call back right away.

    Do not offer a description of the dog, let the person inquiring describe the dog including unique identifying characteristics. (i.e. scars, tattoo, behaviors, color patterns, etc.)

  9. Ask for Proof of Ownership ( one of the following):

    1. Vet records (call their vet to confirm)

    2. Rabies certificate or license

    3. Meeting to return the dog; be sure to let a friend or family know where you are meeting or ask one of them to go along. Meet at your local police parking lot, your vet office or any public place in the daylight.

    4. Adoption papers, registration papers, transfer of ownership or bill of sale 

    5. ​Photos (dated and w/family members) 

    6. Observe the meeting of the dog and person; does the dog show familiarity with person? 

  10. ​Meeting to return the dog; be sure to let a friend or family know where you are meeting or ask one of them to go along. Meet at your local police parking lot, your vet office or any public place in the daylight. 

  11. If your found dog is reunited with its owner, please contact us so that we can celebrate and remove the flyer from our posting

 

For Cats
  1. Check for a license or ID tag. No tags? Ask around your neighborhood in case the cat lives nearby.

  2. Take the cat to the nearest veterinarian or shelter to have the cat scanned for a microchip and checked for a tattoo.

  3. Notify all of the correct authorities to report the cat found. Call your local police (non-emergency line). Also, call your local animal control agency (ACO), to complete a found cat report. Call any other shelters and veterinarians in the area.

  4. Please check the Lost Cats of Wisconsin Facebook page to see if the cat you found matches with any of the missing cats listed.  If you do not see the cat, fill out a Found Cat Report Form

  5. Lost Cats of Wisconsin volunteer flyermakers will make your found cat flyers for posting. Please email us a copy of your flyer to post on our web site and facebook page. 

  6. Post flyers around the neighborhood and at animal service businesses.

  7. Post on your local Craigslist, in your local newspaper (found ads are often free), in other lost and found internet/Facebook sites and on our Facebook pages. 

  8. When someone calls in response to an ad and/or flyer, ask the caller’s name and telephone number and tell him/her, you’ll call back right away.

    Do not offer a description of the cat, let the person inquiring describe the cat including unique identifying characteristics. (i.e. scars, tattoo, behaviors, color patterns, etc.)

  9. Ask for Proof of Ownership ( one of the following):

    1. Vet records (call their vet to confirm)

    2. Rabies certificate or license

    3. Meeting to return the cat; be sure to let a friend or family know where you are meeting or ask one of them to go along. Meet at your local police parking lot, your vet office or any public place in the daylight.

    4. Adoption papers, registration papers, transfer of ownership or bill of sale 

    5. ​Photos (dated and w/family members) 

    6. Observe the meeting of the cat and person; does the cat show familiarity with person? 

  10. ​Meeting to return the cat; be sure to let a friend or family know where you are meeting or ask one of them to go along. Meet at your local police parking lot, your vet office or any public place in the daylight. 

  11. If your found cat is reunited with its owner, please contact us so that we can celebrate and remove the flyer from our posting