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City of Bloomington, Indiana

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. and Tues/Fri from noon to 7 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.
  • Since we keep a record of all the lost and found companion animals, call the Bloomington Animal Shelter daily. Many people bring found animals to the shelter if they cannot temporarily house them and our animal control officers bring found companion animals to the Shelter as well, so be sure to call. 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.
  • Bring a photo of your missing companion animal to the Shelter to post on the lost animals bulletin board.
  • Place a lost ad in the classified section of the local newspaper.
  • 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.

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.