If You Find A Lost Pet
The NOAH Center cannot take in stray animals. Instead, you must surrender them to your local county shelter.
Camano Animal Shelter Association: 198 Can Ku Rd, Camano Island or call 360-387-1902
Everett Animal Shelter: 333 Smith Island Rd, Everett or call 425-257-6000
Humane Society of Skagit Valley: 18841 Kelleher Rd, Burlington or call 360-757-0445
Tips For Finding a Lost Pet
• Search your neighborhood: walk or drive through your neighborhood and surrounding area for your pet (a one to two mile radius from your home) several times a day. Call for your pet, ask neighbors, pedestrians, postal carriers, etc. if they have seen your pet or to keep an eye out.
• Advertise: Post flyers around your neighborhood and community. Place the flyers at local grocery stores, gas stations, community centers, veterinary clinics, shelters etc. Place an ad in the classified section of your local newspaper. Consider offering an award to encourage more people to look for your pet. Make sure to include a current picture of your pet and a phone number where you can be reached.
• Contact local shelters: Call all humane societies, animal care and control agencies, and animal protection organizations in your area to check if your pet is there and to file a lost pet report. Continue to call and/or visit the shelters daily to search for your pet.
• Contact pet’s microchip company: Call the provider of your pet’s microchip. Microchip companies will report your pet as lost and search their database for any corresponding found pets that have shown up at shelters or veterinary offices. A list of microchip companies can be found below:
• Use the internet: Check petfinder.com or the lost and found section on craigslist.com to see if anyone has found your pet, you can also list your lost pet on these sites. You should also use social media such as Facebook or Twitter to get more people involved in your pet search.
• Take advantage of your pet’s sense of smell: leave your pet’s bedding or toys or litter box outside in your lawn or patio; the familiar scent and their strong sense of smell might lead them back to your home.
• Don’t give up: Continue searching even when you have little hope left. Animals have been reunited with their family months after they’ve gone missing.
Tips To Prevent A Lost Pet
• Always keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet with your address and phone number.
• Keep your pets indoors when not supervised, especially cats and small dogs.
• Keep your pets securely contained when outdoors (i.e. on a leash or properly fenced in yard).
• Spay or neuter your pet so they are less likely to wander away.
• Consider getting your pet microchipped. The average cost to get your pet microchipped ranges from $20 to $50, and can done at a veterinary office or some shelters.
• Keep updated photos of your pet on file in the event he or she goes missing.
Tips To Reunite A Lost Pet With Their Owner
• Be careful when/if approaching a stray animal; the animal may be frightened, injured, or aggressive. If you feel comfortable and are sure the animal is safe and won’t harm you, attempt to leash and recover the animal. You can also call your local animal control and let them handle the animal.
• Call local shelters, animal control agencies, and vets to check if anyone has been calling about a missing animal, and to report the missing animal.
• Take the animal to a local vet or animal shelter to have the animal scanned for a microchip. Most vets and shelters will provide this service for free.
• Post flyers around the area you found the stray animal. You can also post the flyers around your town at grocery stores, veterinary clinics, shelters, gas stations, etc. Be sure to include the location you found the pet, and a contact number on the flyer.
• Place an ad in your local newspaper and/or on petfinder.com or craigslist.com.