Lost & Found
Lost a pet?
If you lose a pet, it’s important to act fast. Search the area they were last seen, post on Nextdoor or social media sites, and hang up fliers. If they’re not immediately found, get in touch with local shelters to check if they were dropped off. Remember, pets with microchips and ID tags have a much higher chance of being reunited with their family.
Found a pet?
Many lost pets are close to home. Follow these steps.
- Check for an 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 Pet Harbor and 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.
Found a feral cat?
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.
You can report a feral cat to the APA using the form below.