What to do if your pet goes missing

So you’ve lost your pet, what should you do next? 

First step, try to stay calm.  We understand how traumatic losing your pet is.  There are steps pet owners can take to help aid in a quick and safe return of their beloved furry friends.

Should Your Pet Become Lost:

1.      Contact HSoP at (208) 883-1166. Provide HSoP with a description of the pet as well as the location last seen.  HSoP

         will also need you to leave your contact information should your pet be found.

2.      Contact your local police department or sheriff's office.

         a.       Moscow Police (208) 882-COPS (2677)​

         b.      Sheriff's Office (208) 882-2216

3.      Make flyers in eye-catching colors with a photo and description of your pet along with how a finder can best contact you.

4.      Post flyers in your neighborhood, local shelters, vet hospitals, local websites and grocery and feed stores. Post your lost pet the HSoP Facebook page as well as other local lost and found Facebook pages.

          a.       Be aware that it is against City Code to post flyers on public property, such as telephone poles. ​

                    ​"The City of Moscow would like to remind citizens of the limits on posting signs or posters.  Per City Code Title 10                           Section 1-22, posters or signs may not be attached on property that does not belong to the poster without first                                 obtaining the consent of the property owner or their agent.  Also, posting signs on public property or right of                       way is prohibited.  The City does provide a free public bulletin board in Friendship Square for posting notices that is

                    available to the public." 

5.      Contact the microchip company (if your pet is microchipped) and your pets' veterinarian.

6.      Walk your neighborhood and surrounding areas. Pets can get disoriented and lose their way home.

7.      DO NOT WAIT A FEW DAYS TO SEE IF YOUR PET WILL COME HOME ON ITS OWN. Your pet could be injured or, if


         picked up by a good Samaritan, waiting for you at the shelter or a veterinary hospital.

Before Losing Your Pet:

1.      Having a current, clear, and in focus photo of your pet at all times at your disposal is a huge help.

2.      Pet identification is extremely important.  Please visit our Pet Identification and Microchipping page to learn more.

3.      Have your pet licensed with the City of Moscow, if you live within city limits. 

4.      Take preventative care to keep your pet safe should they find themselves away from home.


Preventative Care Includes:

1.      Having your pets’ vaccinations current. Should your pet run into other animals on their adventure, or arrive at shelter  

         or vet clinic, having your pets’ vaccinations up to date keeps them safe.

2.      Spaying and Neutering.  To prevent unexpected litters.

3.      Treated for parasites.  Having your pet flea and tick treated.

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