Report a Lost or Found Cat or Dog
If you found a Cat or Dog
If you have found a pet, please fill out the lost/found pet form to be sent to SPCA Florida's intake specialists. They will add it to our computer system, and the found pet will appear on our Lost/Found page. If you find the pet's owner, please e-mail email@example.com, so we can remove the listing.
If you lost a Cat or Dog
Losing your pet is a scary time, and SPCA Florida wants to help.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org when you find your pet, so we can remove the report.
If you're in Polk County, we recommend you also complete a Lost/Found report for Polk County Animal Control. Unless ill or injured, SPCA Florida directs strays to Animal Control, so there is one location for residents to search for their lost pets.
Next, visit every shelter!
It is important to visit all animal shelters near you, because pets can wander far from home. In Florida, animal control agencies are responsible for stray animals, so make sure to contact them. You can download a list of local pet adoption organizations here. (This listing is provided for your convenience only and does not constitute endorsement or affiliation with SPCA Florida. We strive to keep the list updated, but individual organizations may have changed their contact information.)
Post flyer in the are where you lost your pet. Notify friends and neighbors your pet is lost.
Cats are often hiding. Get down on their level and look for potential hiding spots where they can be.
Personally check your local animal control agency and shelters.
Contact veterinary practices in your area. They may have a Lost and Found bulletin board in their offices, and if someone found your pet they may take it there to scan for a microchip.
Read the "found" ads and post a "lost" ad in newspapers and online.
Don't give up!
Why do pets stray?
Many pets are lost after major holidays. They flee from perceived dangers such as fireworks or Halloween costumes.
Another common reason is that they aren't spayed/neutered and looking for a mate. Spaying and neutering decreases the desire to roam. Call SPCA Florida's Medical Center at 863-646-7722 to schedule an appointment.
Make sure you can find your pet if they're lost
Your cat or dog wears a current rabies tag, license tag, and an ID tag with your current address and phone numbers.
Your current address and phone numbers are on file with the veterinarian who provided your pet's most recent vaccinations.
Your contact information is current with the registry for your pet's microchip.
If your pet isn't microchipped...
...you can have it done at SPCA Florida's Medical Center.
The microchip is a permanent identification implant, about the size of a grain of rice. It is inserted under the pet's skin and contains a number that can be read with a special scanner. This number is filed with a national registry and when a shelter or veterinary practice scans the chip, they contact the national registry to find out what information is connected to the pet's chip number.
Update your information when it changes!
The microchip registries aren't updated automatically when someone moves or changes a phone number, so you need to contact them when your information changes.
Home Again Microchips
Pet Link (DataMars & resQ by Bayer chips)
Microchip Lookup Tool