Lost & Found Pets

Lost & Found

Each year, close to 15% of cats and dogs will go missing, according to a study done by the ASPCA®. And while 85% of those pets end up returned to their owner, that still leaves many pets homeless in shelters all over the country. Here, you may find resources to help find your missing pet or reunite a found pet with its loving home.

Have you lost your cat or dog?

We know how terrible it is to lose a pet. Take a deep breath, and read through the steps below for immediate actions you can take to find your pet.

Animal Humane's Lost & Found Database

Upload your pet’s information to our Lost & Found Database and file a lost report with the City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department. When filling out lost pet reports, be sure to include:

  • Your pet’s name and what they are likely to answer to
  • Photos
  • Information about your pet’s appearance, age, sex, breed, microchip number, collar and tags (if applicable)
  • Personality characteristics
  • Details about the time, date and location in which your pet was lost
Post flyers around your neighborhood

Personalize this poster template with your pet’s information. Print out multiple copies and distribute them to your neighbors, post them in major intersections near the area where your pet went missing, in animal shelters, and in community centers.

Check shelter websites often

Look through our Lost & Found Database daily, and look at the profiles of pets at Animal Humane and the City of Albuquerque. If your pet was surrendered as a stray and is not microchipped, he or she may be listed on these websites.

Post a free classified ad

Post a free classified ad with Craigslist and the Albuquerque Journal

When advertising to the public, provide a thorough description of your pet to allow for a positive identification in the event that someone finds him or her, but leave out one or two unique characteristics to avoid being the target of scams. Beware of anyone who claims to have found your pet and demands a monetary incentive for his or her return.

Visit local shelters and rescue groups

Make regular visits to local shelters and look for your pet. While shelters do their best to reunite stray pets with their families, the large volume of animals in our care makes it crucial for pet owners to follow up.

Have you found a cat or dog?

If you’ve found a pet without an I.D. tag, here are some tips for reuniting the pet with their owner.

Check for a microchip
Take pets to a veterinary clinic or animal shelter to have them scanned for a microchip. If a pet has a microchip implanted, the owners can often be contacted immediately and reunited with their pet that same day!
Animal Humane's Lost & Found Database
If a pet is not microchipped, upload the pet’s information to our Lost & Found Database and report a found pet with the City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department. When completing found reports, include a photo of the pet, unique characteristics about the pet, as well as detailed information about when, where and how you found the pet.
Post flyers in your neighborhood

Personalize this flyer template with the found pet’s information and photo. Print and post copies in the location in which you found the pet, in animal shelters and in other high-traffic community locations.

Post a classified ad

Craigslist and The Albuquerque Journal accept classified ads for lost and found pets. It is useful to check these regularly and post your own ad. Make sure that anyone who contacts you about the pet is able to provide proof of ownership, like a photo or veterinary records, before you release the animal to them. Without this requirement, you might be endangering the pet, since dog fighters use free and stray pets as bait for dogs they are training to fight. 

Surrender the pet to Animal Humane

If you are unable to find the pet’s owner and cannot temporarily care for him/her, Animal Humane accepts admissions of stray pets on a walk-in basis as kennel space allows. Visit our Re-homing page for details.