Lost and Found

“I found a cat or dog – What can I do?”

  • Complete our Found Animal report here (Si encontraste un animal, haga clic aquí). The Humane Society of Greater Miami keeps a registry of lost and found animals and works to connect owners with their lost pet.
  • Contact all local shelters and complete a found animal report with them directly. Each shelter maintains their own lost and found animal directory.
  • Check if the animal has a microchip. All shelters and local veterinarians can scan the animal and help you get in contact with the owner.
  • Try to find the owner by posting on social media websites or printing flyers. If an owner comes forward, ask for proof of ownership.
  • You can present a found cat or dog for admission space and availability allowing. Click here for Animal Admission details. By law, admitted stray animals are held for a minimum of 5 days before being processed in order to give the owner time to claim them. If animal is not claimed within 5 days, they proceed with usual admission process and placed for adoption. Found animals or stray animals can also be taken to Miami Dade Animal Services.

“I lost my pet – What can I do?”

  • Complete a Lost Animal report here. (Si tu mascota ha desaparecido, haga clic aquí). The Humane Society of Greater Miami keeps a registry of lost and found animals and works to connect owners with their lost pet.
  • Search your neighborhood during the day and the evening.
  • Go to Miami-Dade Animal Services’ website or visit their shelter or by contacting 311.
  • Call all your local shelters and any other local animal rescue to see if your pet was surrendered there.
  • Check any of the following websites: CraigslistMiami Herald,  LostPets.com, Pets911Dog DetectivePetFinderCenter for Lost Pets.
  • Put signs or posters around your neighborhood, at local stores, and veterinarian offices (where allowed). Your signs/posters should be waterproof and large enough to be read from 10 feet away. Be sure to include breed, age, and sex, where your pet was last seen, and your phone number. Include information about a reward if you are able to offer one, and a photo of your pet, if possible.
  • By law, admitted stray animals are held for a minimum of 5 days before being processed in order to give the owner time to claim them. If animal is not claimed within 5 days, they proceed with usual admission process and placed for adoption. Found animals or stray animals can also be taken to Miami Dade Animal Services.

Please note: We vaccinate all stray animals upon arrival out of good faith. If an animal is being reclaimed, there will be a reimbursement fee requested for the vaccinations. 

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