Lost & Found Pets

One of our most rewarding services is reuniting lost pets with their families. We maintain records of animals, both lost and found, and compare them with incoming stray animals, in area newspapers, and internet lost and found connections. This free service brings many cherished pets home to their families each year. Please act quickly, as more time passes, the more difficult it becomes to reunite you with your lost pet. Regardless of the timeframe though, do not hesitate to look!

If you have lost your pet, please visit the shelter immediately! While you are at the shelter we ask that you complete a lost report to keep on file. Please include a photo of the animal to help with identification.

If you have found a pet, please notify the shelter immediately! We receive numerous reports for lost pets each day - help us reunite these lost pets with their families. Remember, if you have found an animal, cannot locate the original pet parent, and intend to keep the animal in your home it is imperative that you take the animal to a nearby veterinary clinic or animal shelter so that it can be scanned for a microchip. This is a way to identify the animal and the owner. Microchipping animals is becoming increasingly common and is a great way to protect your new pet.

Lost Pet Tips
    •      Act immediately! The longer you wait the further your pet can go.
    •      Fill out a detailed report with the Yakima Humane Society. These reports are good for 30 days and must be renewed by the owner. It's the owners responsibility to check the shelter every two days for their pets.
    •      Place ads in the local newspapers and Craigslist and watch for any found ads that might match the description of your pet.
    •      Post signs at intersections within a 2 mile radius of where your pet was lost. In addition, post signs at grocery stores, community centers, pet stores, veterinary offices, churches and apartment complex laundromats.
    •      Search the neighborhood, often. Early morning hours and sunset are prime time to search. After dark tends to be a good time to look for cats. Your pet may be injured, frightened or trapped and unable to come to you. Hearing your voice may encourage your pet to answer you. After you call his name 2 or 3 times, remain in one place long enough for your pet to find you.
    •      Ask neighbors, letter carriers and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Print and handout lost pet sheets with your pet's photo and your phone number.
    •      If you have recently moved, conduct a search in your old neighborhood.
    •      Place an item that will smell familiar to your pet in a cardboard box and place it out in your yard.
    •      Thoroughly search your house and any place the pet could hide. If your animal usually comes to certain sound, a can opener or a treat bag opening, try making those sounds outside.

Found Pet Tips
    •      Bring the animal into the Yakima Humane Society or a local veterinary clinic and have it scanned for a microchip.
    •      Bring the animal into the Yakima Humane Society and we will gladly photograph the animal to include in the found report.
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Post an ad on Craigslist, or classified section of the Yakima Herald (509) 452-7355.

Please let us know if you find your pet or if you locate the owner of a found pet. This allows us to maintain updated information in our lost/found database. Thank you.