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2017 Paws To Party Friday October 13

IMPORTANT!  On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the shelter's Main Building (Front Counter) will be open at 1:00 pm instead of the normal 12:00 pm.  The shelter's Reception Center will be open at the normal 9:00 am but will be closed from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm and will re-open at 1:00 pm.


Wednesday - Friday 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm     Saturday - Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed on Monday, Tuesday, and holidays

If you are looking for your lost pet, do NOT solely rely on this website. 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 but definitely 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 animals displays only LIVE animals that were either picked up by one of our animal control officers or brought to the shelter by concerned citizens. Deceased animals are NOT shown on the website 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 appropriate icon above and view the lost animals currently at the shelter.

Typically, the list of animals is updated/refreshed hourly. However, please note that there are occasions when, for example, the site may go offline or may not be updated due to maintenance. To verify when an animal's listing was last updated/refreshed, click on the animal's thumbnail image and then read the description to the right of the larger photo. For example, if it reads, "This information is 1 hour old," this indicates that the website was updated/refreshed an hour ago. This does NOT mean that the animal arrived an hour ago.

Have You Lost Your Pet?

The shelter will hold onto a stray animal for a minimum of 72 hours in order to give an owner the opportunity to look for his/her lost pet and to claim his/her lost pet. However, an animal may be euthanized immediately if the animal is suffering, such as from a medical condition or an injury. Once the holding period has ended, an animal may be evaluated and placed for adoption if the animal passes evaluation. Alternatively, if an animal is not placed for adoption, the animal may also be sent to a rescue group or be transferred to another shelter. However, if an animal does not pass evaluation, the animal may be euthanized.

While the list of animals is updated/refreshed hourly, we strongly urge you to check our shelter in person, particularly for your own peace of mind. For example, 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. When you come to the shelter, please make sure to check in at the front counter, where we will guide you through the process and through the kennel areas.

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 Nextdoor, Craigslist, and Facebook groups such as Sacramento Lost and Found Pets and Sacramento Lost/Found Pets & Pet *help.

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) 840-7976, 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.

Finding Rover

Keep your dog safe with Finding Rover, the revolutionary facial recognition app that scans the unique features of your dog’s face and keeps it on file in case your dog ever gets lost. The app is free to register on your iPhone, Android devices, and on the Web. When your dog is lost, you can report your lost dog in the app and Finding Rover can alert a network of partners, such as dog organizations, nearby members, and social media outlets. And if you see a lost dog, you can report it by snapping a photo of the dog and uploading it into the app. The app is able to do a facial recognition search in its database. If there’s a match, the owner’s contact info pops up. For more details, check out Finding Rover.

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