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Resources for Lost and Found Pets

Lost Pets

In all cases of stray or missing pets, whether dogs, cats, or small pets such as rabbits, the first place to check is your local county animal services agency. In the Clark County area, county agencies include:


Humane Society for SW Washington


West Columbia Gorge Humane Society 


If you have lost a pet in the Clark County area, please fill out our lost pet form  here.

This form will automatically publish out key information about your lost pet to our website as well as a way to contact you, shareable to social media and searchable for finders of lost pet. We also send a copy of your lost pet form to the Humane Society for SW Washington in case anyone has found your pet and brought it to them.


You can also fill out a lost pet form directly at the Humane Society's website here.


Please don't do one or the other, both is always best.


Please check our Found Pets database here to search for your pet.


Check the Humane Society for SW WA stray hold animals online here.

Make sure you are checking the Humane Society daily for your pet.

Physically go in and walk the stray hold in case their photo has not made it to their website yet.


Check out our list of local FB Lost and Found Pet groups below. Please post your lost pet to these pages. Be sure to include a photo of your pet!

Found Pets

If you have found a pet in the Greater Clark County area, please fill out our Found Pet form here.

This form will publish out key information about your found pet, and provide owners a way to contact you directly.


  • Important - please take the animal to be scanned for a chip!  If you cannot take the pet to be scanned, please either contact Clark County Animal Control at 360-397-2488, press 5 to speak to someone, or call us toll free at 833-360-PAWD(7293) and I Paw'd It Forward will come to you.


We also send a copy of your found pet report to the Humane Society for SW Washington in case an owner has contacted them.


Please check our Lost Pets database here.


Please make sure that you provide a photo of the pet you have found. Photos are key in reuniting pets with their owners. If the pet has a collar, remove the collar for the photo and have the owner identify the collar. Owners will have photos or their pets, vet records, license info, etc as proof the pet you found is theirs. If at anytime you are concerned about not being able to tell if the person trying to claim the dog is the real owner, please take the dog to the Humane Society and let them do the reunification.


Please do not be afraid to take the animal to the Humane Society. That is the first place an owner would normally look for their lost pets.  Stray animals are held for 3 days (without ID or microchip) or 5 days (if found with ID or microchip.) During that time, their staff actively call any available contact information available from ID or microchip. When stray hold expires, animals will receive a medical and behavioral evaluation and may be available for adoption. 


Please do not give a found pets to someone else to "hold". The laws in Clark County state that if you decide to hold on to the pet and search for the owners, you need to file a found pet report and search for 30 days. If you cannot or elect not to hold on to the pet, you must take the pets to the Humane Society.


Check out our list of local FB Lost and Found Pet groups below. Please post your found pet to these pages. Be sure to include a photo of your found pet!

Tips and Resources

Get Started Immediately to Find Your Pet!


 

  • Ask family, friends, and neighbors to help you search for your pet as soon as you realize your pet is missing. Be sure to check around your yard and under your deck.
  • Place an ad on Craigslist in the Lost and Found section, and a second in the Pets section.
  • For a lost indoor-only or timid cat, think like a cat and look at every hiding spot possible in your yard and your close neighbors. Lost cats will remain hidden and quiet. Search your house and yard immediately. Lost cats tend to remain hidden and very quiet and a lot of times right around the house.
  • Walk, bike, drive, or jog through your neighborhood every day and more than once to look for your missing pet.
  • Place clothing, toys, litter box, and other items familiar to your pet outside in your yard where she/he might smell them.
  • Put signs around the neighborhood or area where your pet was last seen. Include a photo and description of your pet, your phone number, and when your pet disappeared. Make sure you have voicemail set up to take any messages.
  • Call your Vet and other Vets in the area. 
  • If your pet is micro-chipped, contact the microchip company immediately and have them put a “lost or stolen” alert on the pet’s microchip so that if it is scanned by a shelter or veterinarian, they will know that a concerned owner is looking for that pet.
  • Place “Lost Pet” ads in your local newspapers and websites. These show you’re actively looking for your pet, in case someone else claims it. Check the “Found Pets” ads in your local newspapers every day.
  • If permitted, post your flyers at businesses in your area. In your flyers and ads, offer a reward, if possible.

Important Tip: For your neighborhood posters and newspaper ads, leave out one identifying feature in your pet’s description, such as a splotch of color on the nose or extra toes. This protects you from pet-recovery scams and is a sure way of verifying that someone definitely found your beloved pet.

Laws & Municipal Codes regarding Found Pets

City of Vancouver:


8.24.200 Found stray animal. 

Any person, who finds and harbors an animal, shall notify the city’s designated animal control agent, furnishing a description of the animal. The finder may surrender the animal to the city’s designated animal control agent or retain its possession, subject to surrender, upon demand of the city’s designated animal control agent. Should such animal violate any provision of this chapter while retained by the finder, such finder shall be responsible for any penalty assessed hereunder. Records of reported findings shall be retained by the city’s designated control agent and made available for public inspection. Should the finder retain the animal for a period of thirty (30) days, the finder must (a) license the animal as a newly acquired animal, unless such animal shall be too young to license, or (b) surrender the animal to the city’s designated animal custodian. 


Clark County:

  

8.11.080 Found domestic animals.

Any person who finds and harbors an animal, subject to licensing pursuant to Chapter 8.07 of this title, shall notify the animal control department, furnishing a description of the animal. The finder may surrender the animal to the animal control department or retain its possession, subject to surrender, upon demand of the animal control department. Should such animal violate any provision of this title while retained by the finder, such finder shall be responsible for any penalty assessed hereunder. Records of reported findings shall be retained by the animal control department and made available for public inspection. Should the finder retain the animal for a period of thirty (30) days, the finder must then license the animal as a newly acquired animal, unless such animal shall be too young to license, or surrender the animal to the county animal shelter. (Sec. 1 of Res. 1981-04-108; amended by Sec. 27 of Res. 1984-12-65; amended by Sec. 19 of Ord. 1993-08-13A)


Cowlitz County:


6.12.070 Found dogs or cats.

A. Any dog or cat that trespasses, the owner of which is unknown, may be apprehended and held by the owner of the property on which the dog or cat has trespassed. The finder may transport or surrender the dog or cat to the Animal Control Authority, or retain its possession, subject to surrender upon demand of the Animal Control Authority. Any person who retains a dog or cat shall report the find to the Animal Control Authority within 24 hours. The report shall include a description of the animal and such description shall be verified by the Animal Control Authority within seven days following notification. The finder shall cause notice of the finding to be published at least once a week for two successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in Cowlitz County within 30 days of finding the dog or cat. Records of reported findings shall be retained by the Animal Control Authority and be available for public inspection for one year from the date of notification.B. The finder may become owner of any dog or cat found and retained if the owner has not redeemed such dog or cat within 90 days following notification to the Animal Control Authority, provided the finder shall, at the end of such 90 days, be required to register any dog within a dog control zone. If the finder fails to comply with the notification requirements of this section, such finder shall forfeit all rights to retain the dog or cat, if such dog or cat is later claimed by the rightful owner. Prior to regaining possession of a found dog or cat, the owner of such dog or cat shall reimburse the finder at the request of the finder, for actual costs of advertising and such other costs incurred in the care of the dog or cat, provided, the finder furnishes proof of such costs. An owner who fails to redeem a dog or cat from the finder within 90 days shall have no standing to make further claims on the finder.C. The county shall have no responsibility for the enforcement of the reimbursement provisions contained in this section. [Ord. 85-053, § 2, 3-25-85; Ord. 84-305, § 7, 12-31-84.]  


Multnomah County:

1. File a Found Report or notify animal services.

Found Reports will be accessible to the public for six months. Multnomah County Animal Services may require you to surrender the animal.

2. Publish a found notice in a local newspaper.

You must publish a found pet notice in a newspaper of general circulation within the county. This notice must be published at least once a week for two consecutive weeks.

The notice must include a description of the animal, where it was found, your name and address, and the final date before which the animal must be claimed (this is 180 days from the date you found the animal).

3. If an owner comes forward within 180 days, surrender the animal.

If no person claims ownership within 180 days from the found date, the finder may be declared the owner.

If, within 180 days, an owner does come forward, you must surrender the animal. The owner must pay the finder for reasonable actual costs incurred, but the animal can not be held as collateral for payment. It must be surrendered to the owner.