Search for Lost Animals
Losing a member of your family is a very stressful and upsetting event. Try to stay focused and organized about what steps you need to take to recover your lost animal.
If your animal is wearing I.D. with your phone number, make sure you can be reached by someone who may found your animal.
Search the neighborhood surrounding your home as your animal may not have traveled very far. Ask your neighbors (especially children who often notice stray animals when they're out playing) if they have seen an animal matching your animal's description.
Come to the SVACA Animal Care Center as soon as possible. Our Officers pick-up many lost animals every day and they may have already picked up yours. When you arrive, you should check in at our front desk. You will be asked to complete a lost animal form, to look through our Lost & Found binder, and tour through our animal holding areas. If you did not find your animal, a Lost Animal Report will be filed.
While your animal is missing, we strongly encourage that you visit our center at least every other day, but you can also search for your animal. However, please do not rely solely on the website photos as picture quality can vary. Animals are often hard to distinguish from one another, especially solid-colored animals who often look alike. Please note it is often difficult to sex our incoming cats therefore when searching for your cat, DO NOT indicate a preference for the gender.
You should also visit the shelters in neighboring communities such as San Jose Animal Care, the Santa Clara County Animal Shelter (unincorporated areas), Palo Alto Animal Services and the Humane Society Silicon Valley. Click here for a map of neighboring shelters.
Make "Lost Animal" signs and post them around your neighborhood and on bulletin boards in local grocery stores, etc. Be sure to follow all laws regarding the legal postings of flyers. Include your animal's name, description and photograph. Make tabs at the bottom of your sign with your name and number in-between dotted lines. Cut the dotted lines so that if someone has seen your animal, he or she can easily tear it off and take it with them. Click here to download a Lost Poster you are welcome to use.
Have specific questions to ask callers claiming to have your animal (think scars, floppy ear, etc.) to distinguish your animal from a similar animal. Never put these peculiar features on your sign, as unfortunately there are unscrupulous people who may try to extort reward money.
Advertise in local newspapers.
There are many sites on the internet you can check. Just type in "Lost Pets" or "Missing Pets" to your favorite search engine. Craig's List is also a frequently used site for lost and found pets. You may also want to consider posting and reviewing local newspapers.
Feel free to download our brochure for more information as to what you can do to find your animal.
Don't give up hope! Some animals go missing for weeks, sometimes even months, before they are found by their guardians.
Thanks for finding a lost animal. Here’s what we can do to help locate the owner.
Once you find an animal you have several options to choose from:
1. Animals found in Campbell, Monte Sereno, Mountain View and Santa Clara can be brought to SVACA at no charge. We will make them available for immediate viewing.
2. If you are unable to transport the animal or feel that to do so may endanger your safety you can call us to pick-up the animal from you during regular business hours.
3. You can shelter the animal yourself and try to locate his/her family by doing the following.
- If wearing a rabies tag, call the phone number on the tag to locate the owner.
- Take the animal to us or your local veterinarian to be scanned for a microchip.
- Place a "Found Pet" advertisement in newspaper, on Craig’s List, etc.
- Look under "Lost Pet" ads and see if there are any matches.
- Come to the Animal Care Center and fill out a "Found Animal" report and fax to (408) 988-5411 or complete our contact us form.
- Post "Found Animal" signs around your neighborhood.
Any person who needs to reclaim his animal from the Animal Care Center will need to pay the following fees and any applicable penalties before the animal can be released. Qualifying animals will also need to be licensed. All fees are retained by SVACA and used to offset the cost of our operations; simply said, fees directly help the animals!
Proof of ownership will also need to be provided. Please contact us at (408) 764-0344 for more information.
|Dog and Cat Unaltered - 1st Offense
|Dog and Cat Altered - 1st Offense
|Dog/Cat - 2nd Offense
|Dog/Cat - 3rd Offense
|Dog/Cat - 4th Offense
|Other - Large (horse, pig, etc.)
|Other - Small (bird, rabbit, etc.)
Boarding Fees per day or portion thereof:
|Dogs and Cats
Rabies Vaccination Fee $15.00
Veterinarian Fees Dependent Upon Services Provided