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.

    1. Moscow Police (208) 882-2677

    2. 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.

    1. 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. Set out some used blankets or towels to help your pet smell its scent.

  7. Do not wait a few days to see if your pet comes home on their 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 take these proactive steps:

  1.  Have a current and clear photo of your pet as well as any identifying marks they may have. This will help you claim your pet.

  2.  Pet identification is extremely important. Ensure your pet is wearing a collar with your current contact information. Have your pet microchipped and keep the contact information on the chip current. If your pet isn't chipped, HSoP can help! Visit our microchip page for more information.

  3. Have you pet licensed per your city ordinance. 

  4. Take preventative steps to ensure your pet cannot escape from your home. Do not leave windows open without screens, always close the doors behind you, and always keep your dogs confined to your property (leash, fence, etc.) 


Other Helpful Information:

  1. Ensure your pets’ vaccination status is current. Should your pet run into other animals on their adventure, or arrive at a  shelter or vet clinic, having your pets’ vaccinations up to date keeps them safe and protected against infectious diseases.

  2.  Spay and Neuter your pets, to keep from having unwanted and unplanned litters. If you need help spaying or neutering your pet, visit our SNAP page for more information.

  3.  Make sure your pet is protected from parasites including fleas, ticks, ear mites, and heart worm.