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 lostandfound@spcaflorida.org, 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.

First, fill out the lost/found pet form to be sent to SPCA Florida's intake specialists. They will add your pet to our computer system, and it will appear on our Lost/Found page.

Please e-mail lostandfound@spcaflorida.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.

Act Fast

  • 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.

  • Use social media to get the word out. In Polk County, you can post to Lost and Found pets and Polk Pet Page. SPCA Florida is not associated with these pages, but they are useful resources.

  • 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

 

Make sure...

  • 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.

 

24PetWatch
1-866-597-2424
http://24petwatch.com/

Home Again Microchips
1-888-HOMEAGAIN (1-888-466-3242)
http://public.homeagain.com/

Pet Link (DataMars & resQ by Bayer chips)
1-877-738-5465
http://www.petlink.net/us

Microchip Lookup Tool
http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/

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5850 Brannen Rd S, Lakeland FL 33813

Phone: 863-646-7722

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