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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 above 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 for a possible owner to claim his/her lost pet. However, an animal may be euthanized immediately if the animal is suffering, such as from an illness or an injury. Once the holding period has ended, an animal may be evaluated and placed for adoption (if the animal passes evaluation).

While the listing of lost pets is updated every hour, we still 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. So, please make sure to come to the shelter and check in at the front counter, where we will guide you through the process and through the kennel area. 

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.

We also encourage people to check online resources, such as  NextdoorCraigslist, and Sacramento Lost and Found Pets (on Facebook). 


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 are encouraged to include a photo of the animal. If you decide to take a photo, it is preferable that the photo be taken in landscape (not portrait) mode. 

You may drop off Found Animal Report (and the photo, if you choose to include one) 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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