Lost / Found Pet

What To Do If You Have Lost or Found A Pet


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  • Go to our Stray Animal map tool. The map allows our residents to actively post a location where a dog/cat was seen loose or where the animal was picked up from.
  • Check out the PetHarbor.com website. All animals we find are listed here. Keep in mind that any animals we bring in that do not have any identification (e.g. licenses or microchips), we can only keep for 72 hours as a "Stray - Hold". After that 72 hours, the animal may become available to the public.
  • Keep looking. Many pets are found by residents that may not bring the animal to a shelter for several days.
  • Post flyers in the neighborhood where the pet was lost. Ask schools in your area if you can post a flyer. Download our free Sample Flyer (PDF).
  • Use social media, Craigslist and other free networking sources to get the word out about your pet. Consider Straydar, Lost Dogs Arizona and other Facebook groups.
  • Call our Lost and Found Department at 602-372-4598.

What To Do If Your Lost Pet Is At MCACC


If your lost pet has been turned into MCACC, please follow these steps to help ensure a happy reunion!

  1. Bring all your information that proves ownership of the lost pet (e.g. vaccination and licensing records, pet photos, Animal ID number) to the shelter location where you believe your pet is located. Call MCACC to confirm if you have questions.
  2. Once arriving at the shelter, talk to a member of our staff. We can help guide you through the process of making a positive ID, including taking you to the kennel to see the animal.
  3. If the pet is yours and you are able to make a positive ID, staff will begin the return-to-owner process so you can take your pet home! Your pet will leave the shelter with up-to-date vaccinations and current license, if applicable.
  4. If your pet is not currently licensed, you will likely be charged fees to claim your lost pet. Fees will be determined based on how long the animal has been at the shelter, sterilization status, and any penalties assessed.
  5. If your pet needs to be spayed or neutered, they may have to stay overnight in the shelter. The surgery and additional night's stay in the shelter are free as a thank you for helping us reduce the homeless pet crisis in Maricopa County. Your pet would be available for you to take home the day after surgery.

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Tools to Find Your Lost Pet