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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR ANIMAL IS MISSING:

  • Compose an accurate description of your missing companion animal. Be specific about your companion animal's breed, size, weight, sex, collar, tags, and any distinguishing characteristics. Please provide a recent photo of your companion animal.
  • Fill out a Lost Pet Report or call Bloomington Animal Care and Control at 812-349-3492.
  • Use social media:  Facebook’s Bloomington Indiana Lost and Found Pets Page, Next Door, etc.
  • Post flyers picturing and describing your lost companion and your contact information at bus stops, schools, veterinary clinics, laundromats, and stores.
  • Reach out to your neighbors.  Let them know your animal is missing and ask permission to inspect their property.
  • Visit the Shelter regularly. Take a chance on anything remotely similar to your lost animal and visit the shelter often! Remember that within day’s dirt, rain, and irregular grooming can quickly change the appearance of your beloved pet.
  • Alert the postal carrier, newspaper carriers, and your neighbors of your missing companion animal.
  • Check with neighborhood children. They often will know your companion animal and may have seen her.
  • Consider your animal’s personality – fearful animals will hide, gregarious animals will enter homes and cars to be with people.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR MISSING ANIMAL:

  • Missing Pet Partnership is a national nonprofit devoted to reuniting lost pets with their families. The website includes recovery tips and a guide to finding pet detectives.
  • Cats in the Bag provides detailed tips to better help you locate your lost cat. This site addresses the differences between indoor and outdoor cats, as well as trapping, utilizing neighbors, and different types of posters.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE FOUND A STRAY ANIMAL:

  • The majority of found animals are within a mile of their home, often just blocks away.
  • File a Found Animal Report, or call Bloomington Animal Care and Control at 812-349-3492 for assistance.
  • Scan for a microchip.  Our shelter, Local Veterinarians and Animal Welfare groups can assist..
  • Use social media:  Facebook’s Bloomington Indiana Lost and Found Pets Page, Next Door, etc.
  • Post flyers picturing and describing the found animal and your contact information at bus stops, schools, veterinary clinics, laundromats, and stores.

 

**Please be aware that when you call the Animal Shelter, you may get our voicemail system. The Shelter receives 300 to 400 calls per day. We check voicemail regularly throughout the day and return calls as soon as possible.