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Do not solely rely on this website when you are looking for your lost pet. This website is simply one tool to assist you on the days that you cannot come to the shelter. Otherwise, you will need to come to the shelter as often as possible, preferably every day or at least once every 3 business days. It is the owner's responsibility to come in person and look through our shelter.

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The list of lost animals displays only LIVE animals that were either picked up by the City of Sacramento's animal control officers or brought to the shelter by concerned citizens. Deceased animals are NOT shown but are listed in a binder that is located at the shelter's front lobby. To begin your search for your lost pet, click on the icons below to view the lost animals currently at the shelter.

The list of animals that are available for adoption is updated hourly. Please note that there are occasions when the site may go offline or may not be updated due to maintenance. To verify when an animal's listing was last updated, click on the animal's thumbnail image to see a larger photo and then read the description to the right of the photo. For example, if it reads, "This information is 1 hour old," this indicates that the site was updated an hour ago.

Have You Lost Your Pet?

The shelter will hold onto a stray animal for a minimum of 72 hours (i.e. not counting the days that we are closed) for a possible owner to claim his/her lost pet. However, an animal may be euthanized immediately if the animal is suffering from an illness or injury. After the holding period has ended, an animal may be evaluated and placed for adoption.

While the listing is updated every hour on the hour, we still do highly recommend checking our shelter in person, particularly for your own peace of mind. Photos on our website may not do justice to your animal, and the description that we have provided for an animal may not match your own. For those reasons, only use this website as one tool in searching for your lost pet.

Make sure to come to our shelter, look through the kennels, and visit our front counter where we have additional community resources to help you find your lost pet. In the meantime, continue to check the lost-pet pictures as we update it every hour.

Keep in mind that lost animals may travel away from your home before being brought to a shelter by an animal control officer or a citizen. Therefore, you may also want to check with other local animal control agencies in the area to search for your lost pet.

Have You Found a Lost Pet?


If you have found an animal and are trying to find the owner on your own, you are welcome to use the resources at our shelter. We encourage you to come in and view the lost pet reports that owners fill out when they visit our shelter and are looking for their lost pets.

You may bring your found animal to the shelter so that we can scan the animal for a possible microchip. This is no charge for this service.

We highly recommend that you fill out a Found Animal Report so that people who are searching for their lost pets at our shelter will be able to reference the description of the animal that you have found and are temporarily holding onto. You may do this in person at the shelter or by downloading the following form:


You may drop off the Found Animal Report at the shelter, fax it to (916) 808-5386, mail it to us, or email it to We will place the report in our Found Animal Reports binder that is located in the shelter's front lobby and is accessible to the public.

The Sacramento Bee offers to place free advertisements for found animals. To place an ad, call (916) 321-1234 or toll-free (800) 876-8700.

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