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Lost and Found Pets

It is important to take immediate action if your pet goes missing. It’s always a good idea to make sure your pet is properly identified with collar and tag as well as a microchip. Follow the steps below and call us with any questions.


My Pet is Missing

If your pet is missing, it is important to do the following as soon as possible:

Thoroughly check your house for your pet, down to every nook and cranny. Look behind closed doors, in closets and behind furniture. Check with your family members to find out when they last saw the animal.

Contact your Animal Control Officer to find out if anyone has reported seeing your animal. Leave a detailed description of your pet with your Animal Control Officer.

Let your neighbors know you are missing your pet.

If we are  your contracted animal shelter, REPORT YOUR MISSING PET to us by clicking the buttons to the right. Call us at (207) 449-1366 to see if an animal has been brought in that matches your pets description.  Check in frequently!  By filling out the lost pet form, we’ll have all your information on file. You can upload an image as well.  If we are not your contracted animal shelter, call your town office to find out. See a list of contracted towns

Browse a complete list of ALL stray animals that are in our care on this page.

Get the word out. Make fliers with your pet’s name, a color, high-quality photo of your pet, a detailed physical description of your animal (size, sex, age, color, breed) when and where you last saw him/her, and include prominent contact information. Include any distinguishing physical characteristics about your pet (e.g. “white patch on left rear paw”) and whether or not your pet normally wears a collar.  Make the fliers as clear and easy to read as possible and put them up EVERYWHERE.

Ask friends, family and neighbors to go out and help you look for your pet. Call for your pet by name in the woods and along streets.

Post a lost ad with local newspapers, Craigslist, and Facebook, and be sure to check for reports of found animals.

Don’’t give up!  Call us and check our website regularly for signs of your lost pet. Sometimes lost animals show up in shelters months after they disappear!

Report a Missing Pet

Fill out my online form.

I Found a Lost Pet

If you think you have found someone’s pet, call your Animal Control Officer, who should have reports of missing animals on file and will advise you on next steps. Read HSUS’s tips on how to help a stray animal.  If the dog, cat, or small domesticated animal truly appears stray (thin, injured, generally unkempt in appearance) you should first contact your Animal Control Officer, who may come pick up the animal.  The animal can also be brought to either our Brunswick or Edgecomb Campuses during open hours. (Midcoast Humane does not have a license to care for wildlife.)

More Resources

Maine Lost Dog Recovery and Maine Lost Cat Recovery are two very active Facebook communities and excellent resources for owners of lost pets in Maine, posting on behalf of owners of missing animals and offering many tips and tools. See also these articles from the HSUS and Petfinder on what to do if your pet is missing.

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