Lost & Found Animals

I lost an animal.

  1. Search the neighborhood

    • Search the area in which your pet was lost​: Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times a day, early in the morning and at dusk when it is quiet. Call your pet's name and shake a bag of their favorite treats. Take a flashlight to look under things. Remember to look up as well.

    • Ask around: Talk to your neighbors, mail carriers, store owners, etc. and ask them to be on the lookout for your pet. Ask neighbors to check their backyards, bushes, garages and sheds.

    • Try the power of scent: Place a recently worn pieces of clothing or your pets favorite toys/bed outside. Animals have a good sense of smell and they may follow the scent home.

    • Put up posters: Create a poster or make one free on the BCSPCA PetSearch site. Include a photo, description, location lost, and your contact info. Post it around your neighborhood (telephone poles, stores, parks, vet offices.)

  2. ​Use the Web​

  3. Update your pet's ID registration information

    • If your pet’s microchip, tattoo or license is registered with the BC Pet Registry, BCSPCA provincial ID database, you can update your information online or contact their call center at 1-855-622-7722.

    • If your pet’s microchip, tattoo or license is registered with a veterinary clinic or municipality, please contact them to make sure your information is up to date.

  4. ​Contact local animal shelters, BC SPCA, animal control, and local veterinary clinics

    • Report the animal as lost to any animal agencies in your area.

    • If your pet was found injured, they may be at a nearby vet clinic.

  5. Don't give up searching for your pet!

    • It is important to begin searching for your pet as soon as you realize they are missing.

    • Continue to search for your pet even if there is little hope. Many animals who have been lost for months or years have been reunited with their guardians.

What you should do next...

Help! Where do I look?

Types of ID & how to keep it updated.