What To Do If Your Pet Is Missing

Click HERE to download a copy of our lost pet report. Please bring your completed lost report to the shelter during business hours and, while you are here, you can look for your pet. Forms can also be filled out at the shelter.

There are ways to help ensure that, if your pet becomes lost, it can be identified and reunited with you as quickly as possible:

I.D. Tags: Dogs, as well as cats, should wear a collar and I.D. tag that contains your pet’s name and your contact information. Many ‘indoor only’ cats make their way to CVHS, an I.D. would enable animal control officers or neighbors to quickly identify and return your pet to you. Remember, dogs must be registered each year in the town in which you reside. Contact your town offices for more information.

Micro-chip: The latest technology in pet identification is a micro-chip. The size of a grain of rice, a micro-chip containing your pet’s information is safely injected into the back of its neck. In the event your pet becomes lost, any shelter or veterinarian can easily identify the owner with the use of a special wand and a nationwide registry. Never worry about your pet losing a collar again. Micro-chipping normally costs between $50 and $100 per pet. You can have your best friend permanently identified at Cocheco Valley Humane Society for the low cost of $35.00 per pet and that includes the cost of registration! Give yourself peace of mind and protect your pet today, contact CVHS for an appointment or for more information at 603-749-5322 ex. 105.

If your pet becomes lost:

1. Contact your local and surrounding police departments to file a report.
2. File a lost report with CVHS and other humane societies in your area. Tell us/them where your pet was lost and all important identifying characteristics including size, age, weight, color and any distinguishing markings. Click on the Lost and Found Pet Report for CVHS’ Lost and Found Report. Fax the completed report to (603) 749-3484.
3. Post flyers with your pet’s photo and descriptions in and around your neighborhood and at area veterinary offices. Remember to include both your daytime and evening contact information.
4. Visit CVHS and other local humane societies in your area. Bring a flyer to post and ask them to check their lost/found pet log. Act quickly, lost or stay dogs and cats are held for 7 days before being evaluated and made available for adoption.
5. Check your local newspaper for reports of found pets. You may also consider placing an ad of your own.

If you find a lost pet:

Call CVHS at 603-749-5322 ext.107 for more information about where to bring a lost pet and, if necessary, to schedule an appointment for the animal to come to the shelter.