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Lost & Found

Lost a pet?

If you lose a pet, it’s important to act fast. Please take the following steps:

  • Act quickly: Time is of the essence when searching for a lost pet. Begin your search as soon as you realize your pet is missing. Grab a leash and some treats and engage your neighbors.
  • Search the area: Start by searching the immediate vicinity where your pet was last seen. Call your pet’s name and check in places where they may have become trapped (e.g., basements, crawl spaces, under porches). Check nearby streets, parks, and neighbors' yards.
  • Microchip Information: Make sure your microchip contact information is current and report them as lost to the microchip company. Don’t know your pets microchip number or company? Check your vet records or with the facility that implanted it. 
  • Contact Local Shelters
  • Hang up flyers: Create eye-catching flyers (using this template) with a clear photo of your pet, your contact information, and the location where they were last seen. Hang these flyers in the area where your pet went missing and in nearby neighborhoods. Reach out to BNR 4 Paws Recovery.
  • Don't give up: Keep searching and utilizing resources even if you don't find your pet right away. Persistence can pay off, and many lost pets are eventually reunited with their families.
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Found a pet?

Many lost pets are close to home. Follow these steps.

  • Check for a pet ID tag.
  • Check with neighbors to see if they know the pet.
  • Have the pet scanned for a microchip. This can be done at the APA, your local animal welfare organization, or vet clinic.
  • Submit a found report on PawBoost, Pet Harbor, Petco Love Lost, STL Lost Pets and check lost reports to see if anyone is looking for the pet you’ve found.
  • Post fliers in your neighborhood and in regional lost and found Facebook pages, Nextdoor and Craigslist.
  • Consider fostering while you search for the pet’s family.
  • Contact your nearest animal welfare organization if the animal needs to go to a shelter. Keeping the animal in your community improves the chances the pet will get home.

Found a litter of kittens?

Please don’t kitten-nap! Mother cats leave kittens for hours at a time. Kittens receive the best care from their mother, so it is best to watch and wait for her return. Here are helpful steps to follow if you have found a kitten.

Need help determining the age of kittens? 

If you believe the kittens were abandoned, you can help by temporarily fostering them in your home until they are old enough for adoption. Here is information on how to care for them.

Do you have community cats living near you?

Feral cats, also called ‘community cats’ cannot be picked up or handled by humans. They are also not social enough to be placed in a typical home situation. The best option for these cats is to be Trap-Neutered-Returned (TNR). TNR is a method of humanely controlling feral cat populations. The cats are safely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and receive an ear-tip (a small notch on the cat’s left ear that confirms that he/she has been sterilized). Feral cats are then returned to their original location.

We do not have the resources to trap a cat for you, but can assist with the spay/neuter of a feral cat once they have been trapped.


Found Pets At the APA

If you recognize one of the pets below, please contact us.