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

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!

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.

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.

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. 

If you are unable to find the pet’s owner and cannot temporarily care for him/her, Animal Humane accepts admissions of stray pets by appointment. Visit our Admissions page for details.

Thank you for helping a lost pet!