If you have found a pet:

Thank you so much for helping a lost pet!

Note: Pets can quickly become disorderly in appearance. It is important not to assume that the pet was dumped or not loved and cared for by its family. 

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Step 1

If possible, secure the animal.

If you cannot safely contain the animal, please call the Citizens’ Service Bureau at (314) 622-4800 from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Outside of those hours, please call the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department at (314) 231-1212 to make a report.

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Step 2
 
Check for tags or injuries. 
If the pet has tags, call or text their parents and set up a reunion. If they have a city registration tag, email CARE STL at info@icarestl.org for owner information. Similarly, if they have a rabies tag, call the vet office it originated from. Sometimes the owner information is stitched directly onto the collar so make sure to look there as well.

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Step 3
 
Take the pet to the nearest vet clinic or shelter to have them scanned for a microchip. 
If the pet has a microchip, look up the microchip number on Michelson Found Animal Registry. If the pet’s microchip is not registered there, you can check the number on AAHA Microchip Lookup. This will tell you the microchip company that the chip originated from. Call the company and ask them to contact the owner. 

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Step 4
 
Hold the pet for 48 hours. 
Typically, pets don’t wander too far from home so the chances are that someone is looking for them close to where they were found. You can inform the shelter staff, so they know that a pet has been found.

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Step 5 
 
Spread the word! 
You can print found dog/cat flyers to post around the area you found the pet. Also, post the dog/cat on Petco Love Lost, PetFBI, Pawboost, and Lost and Found Pet page on Facebook and on Missouri Lost and Found Pets Network website. Be sure to check out these tips for taking photos of found pets!

Find a Pet After Hours?
Not sure what to do? Typically, pets don’t wander too far from home, so the chances are that someone is looking for them close to where they were found. Email the shelter at info@icarestl.org so they know that a pet has been found. Put the pet in an extra room in your home or crate them overnight and call the shelter the next day. You can also call the non-emergency line (314) 231-1212 to make a report.