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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR ANIMAL IS MISSING:

If you have lost your pet, call Bloomington Animal Care and Control at 812-349-3492 to file a lost report .

Visit regularly to see if your lost companion is at the Shelter. The shelter takes dozens of lost and found reports every week and, on average, takes in 50 to 100 animals per week. The only way to know for certain whether your animal is at the shelter or not is for you to visit regularly. Shelter hours are: M/W/Th/Sat from noon to 5 p.m., Tues/Fri from noon to 7 p.m and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

To help in your search, we encourage you to do the following:

  • 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.
  • We recommend you visit the Shelter regularly. If your companion animal is brought to the Shelter as a stray, she will be held for 5 full days..
  • Place a lost ad in the classified section of the local newspaper.
  • Use social media. Visit Bloomington Indiana Lost and Found Pets https://www.facebook.com/groups/503038803123517/
  • Place a lost ad on Craigslist. Craigslist also offers a space to check for found animals.
  • Post flyers picturing and describing your lost companion and your contact information at bus stops, schools, veterinary clinics, laundromats, and stores.
  • 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.
  • Remember that within days dirt, rain, and irregular grooming can quickly change the appearance of your beloved pet.  Take a chance on anything remotely similar to your lost animal and visit the shelter often!

Take precautions to lessen the risk of losing a companion animal. Make sure your animal is wearing a collar with current tags and/or is microchipped. Proper identification can be a lost companion animal's ticket home. Check your fence and gates to make sure they are secure and never allow your animal to run loose.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR MISSING ANIMAL:

  • The Center for Lost Pets provides a centralized location for people who have lost or found pets to connect. This site also provides advice and resources for how to find a lost pet.
  • 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:

If you have found a stray animal, call Bloomington Animal Care and Control at 812-349-3492 for assistance. If needed, an Animal Control Officer can pick the animal up and bring him to the shelter. If you are able to, you can bring the stray animal to the shelter during our open hours which are M/W/Th/Sat from noon to 5 p.m. and Tues/Fri from noon to 7 p.m. If you would like to care for the animal temporarily while the owner is located, you can file a found report. If you choose to care for the animal yourself, you can bring the animal to the shelter to be scanned for a microchip and to allow us to get a better description of the animal's breed, age and other characteristics.

If you would like to house the animal at your home, please be sure to search all avenues for the owner:

  • Use social media. Visit Bloomington Indiana Lost and Found Pets https://www.facebook.com/groups/503038803123517/
  • Place a found ad on Craigslist. Craigslist also offers a space to check for lost animals.
  • 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.

Other information:

Strays are held for 5 full days after the date of arrival. Attempts are made to locate an owner by checking current lost reports and calling any forms of identification the animal may be wearing. However, the owner of a lost animal should be diligent about calling and visiting the Shelter to look for their animal. The shelter takes dozens of lost and found reports weekly and takes in an average of 50 to 100 animals per week. The only way for an owner to know for certain whether their animal is at the shelter is for them to visit the shelter.

Owners who find their lost animals at the shelter will be assessed fines and fees based on daily boarding charges, vaccinations given, and tickets written by the Animal Control Officers for offenses such as restraint violations, public nuisance violations or failure to have a current rabies vaccination.