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Lost and Found

If your pet is lost:

It is very important that you personally visit the animal shelter that services your city or area. When you arrive at the shelter, be certain to ask to see all of the stray animals, including animals that are being held in the observation ward, medical area, or private veterinary hospital. Other helpful tips about lost and found pets:

  • Check other local animal control agencies in case your pet wandered into another jurisdiction or was brought there by a concerned resident. 
  • Visit your local animal shelter daily. It may take days or weeks for your pet to appear in the shelter.
  • Place “Lost” fliers where your animal was last seen. Use ads in local newspapers, and Internet and social networking sites to spread the word. Talk to mail carriers and other people who frequent the area.
  • You can also leave information about your lost pet at your local animal shelters. Check to see if each animal shelter has a community lost and found bulletin board for posting such information. If so, post picture/description of your lost animal and your contact information.
  • Utilize social media! We suggest forwarding pictures/descriptions of lost and found pets so we can post them to our website.

Keep looking! Remember, many well-meaning people do not know it is unlawful to keep a stray animal and will not immediately take a lost pet to an animal shelter. They may keep it at their home for several weeks hoping to find the owner on their own.

If you find a lost animal, here are some recommendations to ensure a lost pet is returned to its owner:

  • Please be careful handling an unknown animal. Lost pets may become frightened and may bite or scratch, causing injury to you or others. If you cannot safely handle the animal, call Imperial County Animal Care and Control at (442) 265-2655.
  • Take the animal to your local animal shelter. This is the best place for a lost pet, and will create the greatest likelihood it will be reunited with its owner. The shelter will scan the animal for a microchip and will have the animal readily available if the owner claims it. We will also ensure the animal receives appropriate care.
  • Place “Found” fliers where you found the animal. Use ads in local newspapers and Internet sites to spread the word. Talk to mail carriers and other people who frequent the area to see if they know where the pet lives.
  • We suggest forwarding pictures/descriptions of lost and found pets so we can post them to our website.

If you are thinking about bringing a pet to our animal shelter:

Surrendering your pet to our animal shelter should be a last resort. We strongly encourage you to explore all options before surrendering your pet. The best time to change your mind about surrendering your pet is before you bring it to us. 

Animals surrendered by their owners will be kept a minimum of five days, not including the day of impoundment. After the fifth day, the County becomes the owner of the animal. Owners surrendering their pets to our animal shelter can assist in the successful adoption of that pet by providing as much information about the pet as possible. Information such as the pet’s physical needs, personality, temperament, medical history, housebroken status, and tolerance of other animals and children, can assist us in placing the pet in the most suitable home for its physical and behavioral needs.

To report a lost or found animal, send an email with the animal’s description, location found/lost, contact information, and photo to the following address:

beatricepalacio@co.imperial.ca.us or call us at (442) 265-2655