Here are a variety of helpful resources to help you care for animals.
If you know of additional resources that you'd like to see listed here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What to do if you loose your dog:
How to reunite with your best pal !
When your beloved dog or cat strays from home, it can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Here are some tips that we hope will help you find your pet.
1. Contact local animal shelters and animal control agencies. File a lost pet report with every shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible.
To find your local shelter, search online or check your phone book. If there is no shelter in your community, contact the local police department. Provide these agencies with an accurate description and a recent photograph of your pet. Notify the police if you believe your pet was stolen.
2. Search the neighborhood. Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Ask neighbors, letter carriers, and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found.
3. Advertise. Post notices at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, at pet supply stores, and other locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. Include your pet's sex, age, weight, breed, color, and any special markings. When describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.
4. Try the internet. These sites may be able to help you out:
findtoto.org to contact homes in your area.
5. Be wary of pet-recovery scams. When talking to a stranger who claims to have found your pet, ask him to describe the pet thoroughly before you offer any information. If he does not include the identifying characteristic you left out of the advertisements, he may not really have your pet. Be particularly wary of people who insist that you give or wire them money for the return of your pet.
6. Don't give up your search. Animals who have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.
A pet—even an indoor pet—has a better chance of being returned if she always wears a collar and an ID tag with your name, address, and telephone number. Ask your local animal shelter or veterinarian if permanent methods of identification (such as microchips) are available in your area.
Lost and Found Pets
Important Note: If you have LOST an animal, please check with the City of Chicago's Animal Care and Control facility, 2741 S. Western, Chicago, IL, (312) 747-1406 or The Animal Welfare League, 6224 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL, (773) 667-0088.
Our Lost & Found Policy
Stray animals that are found are to be transported to an authorized holding facility (Chicago Animal Care and Control: (312) 747-1406 or The Animal Welfare League: (773) 667-0088) for the legally mandated stray holding period. These animals may be transferred back at the completion of the stray hold.
Chicago Area Lost & Found