What to Do If You Find a Lost Pet
While responding to a routine call, an Ontario SPCA Officer recently found an African Grey Parrot. The parrot was living in a lady’s residence after she found the bird outdoors. The Officer spoke with the lady and found out she was not sure how to return the bird to its owner. Through the appropriate channels, the Officer was able to find out who the bird belonged to. The family had been actively looking for their lost bird for five months. They even had a Facebook page dedicated to finding their beloved lost pet. The family was beyond ecstatic when they heard the bird was safe and sound in this lady’s care. The lady who found the bird was extremely grateful to the Officer for finding its home and was thrilled for the bird’s family. When the Officer retuned the bird to its owners, it was so happy to see them again – it gave them all high-fives!
Do you know what to do if you find a lost pet? The first course of action we recommend is looking for any identification tags on the animal. These tags usually contain the animal’s name, phone number and sometimes address. The animal may also be microchipped. To find out if they are, you can bring them to your local animal shelter or veterinarian’s office to have them scanned.
If the animal does not have a tag, call your local animal shelter or humane society. Sometimes shelters get calls from people who have lost their pets and have descriptions of them on hand. Also, we recommend calling your local municipal animal control. They also get reports of missing animals.
In today’s day and age, Facebook and social media are also great resources. Do some quick searches to see if someone has lost an animal fitting the description of the animal you have found. It’s also worth creating your own post about the lost animal and asking friends and family to share it.
More traditionally, you can create lost pet posters and distribute them around your neighborhood. Ask neighbors, friends and family, if they, or someone they know, have lost a pet.
If you yourself have lost a pet, consult our fact sheet for tips on recovering your pet.
For a list of Ontario SPCA Branches and Humane Societies across Ontario, please visit www.ontariospca.ca
Thank you so much for all you do
Thank you so much for all you do every day to rescue animals in need. I can’t imagine the terrible situations that you see every day. It is great that you have the heart to help. Keep up the good work.