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Pet Lost & Found Resources

Losing your pet can be a frightening experience, but many lost animals do make it home again — especially when people work together.

If You've Lost a Pet…

If you've lost a dog, cat, or other pet in New York City, file a Lost Pet Report on the Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) website, and search their Found Pet database. Visit the three ACC shelters listed below and look for your pet. Take a photo of you with your pet and any other proof of ownership you have, such as your pet's medical records.

Other things you should do:

Contact veterinary offices and other pet-related businesses in your area.

Post "lost pet" flyers, featuring a photo of your pet and your phone number, throughout your neighborhood, at veterinary offices, pet supply stores, and other businesses.

Search for your lost pet on the lost and found websites below.

If You've Found a Pet…

If you've found a dog, cat, or other pet in New York City, we hope you will care for the animal until his or her owner has been located.

To locate the owner:

Check for ID tags, dog license, or other forms of identification.

Take the dog or cat to a vet's office or shelter and ask them to scan for a microchip. If the pet is microchipped, contact the microchip company, which will locate the pet's owner.

Visit the ACC website to file an online found pet report or to search their lost pet database..

Check the pet lost and found websites listed below to see if the pet you found has been listed as lost. If the pet is not listed as lost, you should list the pet as found.

Post "found pet" flyers, featuring a photo of the pet and your phone number, throughout your neighborhood, at veterinary offices, pet supply stores, and other businesses. Withhold a distinctive piece of information about the pet (unique markings, eye color, etc.) to screen bogus calls claiming to be the pet's owner.

If you cannot locate the pet's owner and are prepared to take on the responsibility, we hope you'll consider keeping the pet as part of your family.

If you cannot keep the pet yourself, then contact a local rescue group or shelter to see if they have room in their adoption program for the animal. These groups will only take in animals that they can accommodate. View a list of Mayor's Alliance participating rescue groups and shelters.

If you cannot care for the animal until you can locate his or her owner, you can bring the animal to the nearest Animal Care & Control (AC&C) shelter. Dogs and cats without identification will be held at the shelter for 72 hours.

Animal Care & Control (AC&C) Shelters

Manhattan Animal Care Center

326 East 110th Street

Brooklyn Animal Care Center

2336 Linden Boulevard

Staten Island Animal Care Center

3139 Veterans Road West

You should visit all three AC&C shelters to search for your lost pet.

Pet Lost & Found Websites

You can list your lost or found pet on the websites listed below:

AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup

America's National Lost & Found Pet Database

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC): Lost and Found

Bird HotLine

The Center for Lost Pets

Fido Finder

Flealess Market's Lost Pets International

Helping Lost Pets


Internet Lost and Found

K9 Amber Alert

Lost-and Found Pets Staten-island

Lost and Pound

Missing Pet Network

Missing Pet Partnership

911 Parrot Alert

PetAmberAlert Classified Ads




Now more than ever it's important to microchip your dogs and cats…and license your dogs.

Microchip Your Pet

Having your pet microchipped is one of the best ways to increase your pet's chances of getting home if he or she is lost or stolen and winds up at an animal shelter or veterinary office. Unlike dog tags and collars, which can fall off or be removed, microchipping is a more permanent form of identifying your dog or cat.

License Your Dog

New York City law requires that you license your dog, and update the license each year. When you license your dog, however, you're doing something more than simply complying with the law. You're giving your dog a ticket home in the event that she or he becomes lost.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Program Aims to Get More Lost NYC Pets Back Home

by Lisa L. Colangelo, New York Daily News

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New program will help find lost NYC pets

by The Wall Street Journal

Friday, June 29, 2012

City Launches Program to Help Find Lost Pets

by NBC New York

Friday, June 29, 2012

New Program Aims To Help New Yorkers Find Lost Pets

by Susan Richard, CBS New York/1010 WINS

Friday, June 29, 2012


New program to help Staten Islanders find lost pets

by Staten Island Advance

Friday, June 29, 2012

Innovative Lost & Found Program Hastens Pet/Owner Reunification in NYC

Press Release by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Thursday, June 28, 2012

What You Don't Know About Lost Pets Can Hurt Them

by Kathy "Kat" Albrecht, Missing Pet Partnership

May 2012

Rescuing a Lost Pet

by Nikki Moustaki, HomeAgain

May 2011

Where's Boo Boo? I Wish I Knew.

by Evon Handras, Out of the Cage!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011