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Lost and Found Information

Information on how to locate your lost or found dog.

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Losing a household pet can sometimes be like losing a member of the family. That's why it's so important to start looking as soon as possible. Check our database to see if anyone has found your dog, dogs are added daily so keep an eye out. If you'd like you can add your dog to our list of lost dogs. Placing an add in the newspaper, notifying the local animal shelters, putting posters up around your neighborhood and at your vet and even contacting your pet's microchip company are all great steps in getting your pet home safe and sound.

Please notify Dog Services at 503-722-6519 if you find your dog or if a found dog is returned home.

Lost Pet Information

Where Should I look?

The minute you realize your pet is missing, start looking. Don't even wait a day, especially if your dog is unlicensed. Check our database to see if anyone has found your dog, dogs are added daily so keep an eye out. If you'd like you can add your dog to our list of lost dogs. It is important to visit and call shelters nearby. If you call a shelter and they say they don't have your pet, visit them with a picture, just in case!

Below is a list of websites that allow you to search through their lists of lost and found dogs:

Finding a lost pet can sometimes be confusing and aggravating, but having patience can make all the difference. Sometimes people will find your pet and not be sure what to do with it. Some people will take it right to the shelter and others will place an ad in a local newspaper.

An important step in your search for a lost pet is to call or visit the Humane Society or other area shelters. You can also look through photos of the dogs that have been found in our found dogdatabase as well as by looking through the dogs that have been recently treated at the Dove Lewis website. It is quite possible that your pet was picked up running loose or was turned in to the shelter by someone who found it. However, unless your pet is wearing a pet license, there is no sure way of making a positive identification. Many animals look alike, and it is impossible for shelter personnel to know from your description whether or not they are holding your pet. Therefore, it is vital that you visit the shelter to look for yourself. Even if your pet is not there, you will be able to complete a comprehensive lost pet form and obtain additional assistance.

Who should I call?

If I call the shelter and they say they don't have my pet, should I visit anyway?

YES! Only you can positively recognize or identify your own pet. Call and go by all of the local animal shelters and animal control agencies with a picture of your pet. Do NOT assume that a telephone call is enough. The person who answered your call may have accidentally misunderstood your description, may not know what your dogs breed looks like or may even just miss it.

Do flyers and advertising work?

Flyers can be very helpful, as can advertising. Making the public aware can lead you to finding your lost pet. Put signs up all over throughout the neighborhood. Place ads in local papers, include notification of a reward if any (but DON'T state the amount of the reward). Check the found columns in newspapers, if the description is even close, call. Put up flyers in areas the pet was lost in.

What should be on the flyer?

  • Color picture of the lost pet
  • Age of pet
  • Distinctive markings
  • Your phone number (many people forget this one)
  • Notification of reward, if any

Quick flyers: After your lost dog appears on the Clackamas County Lost Dog list, instant flyers are available. Visit our database of lost dogs then click on "View Printable Flyers". This will allow you to view a ready-made flyer for that dog and print it if desired. Flyers are free courtesy of Clackamas County Dog Services.

I added my lost dog to your list of lost dogs, how do I include a picture of him/her?

Pictures of a lost or found dog can be sent to us very easily by email, fax or regular mail. Send us an image.

I added my lost dog to your list of lost dogs, and it is now back at home with us! How do I get my lost ad removed?

Just contact us so we can remove the information you entered. You can call us at 503-722-6519 or email us at dogservices@co.clackamas.or.us. Just tell us your name and phone number and we'll remove the dogs information.

Found Pet Information

I found a dog or cat running loose. What should I do?

Check our database to see if anyone has lost the dog you found, dogs are added daily so keep an eye out. If you'd like you can add the dog to our list of found dogs. You can also check our Dog License Lookup page which allows you to enter a dogs license number and find out the owners name and phone number. People who have lost their dogs are likely to check here to see if anyone has their dog. Check to see if the animal has a license or other piece of identification. If the animal you found does not have a collar or license then there are many steps that you can take. You can start by filling out the found form for Clackamas County Animal Control. You can place an add in a local newspaper (most offer found ads free of charge). You can even put up posters and have people call to describe the animal.

When you recover your lost pet, please notify Dog Services at 503-722-6519 to update the website.

What should I do if I see a stray dog or cat running around the neighborhood?

First, consider the safety of the animal and of yourself. A frightened and possibly sick or injured animal may behave unpredictably. A sudden move may spook him, causing him to bolt into traffic or even attack you. If the animal looks or acts threatening in any way, or if for any reason at all you feel uneasy about the situation, stay away from the animal.

Use caution and common sense when approaching a stray animal. If you are lucky enough to get close enough to capture him, you still stand the risk of being bitten or scratched. Even a small animal can inflict a painful wound, and if you are bitten by a cat or dog whose vaccination status is unknown, you will be advised to undergo preventive treatment for rabies.

When approaching the animal, speak calmly and reassuringly to him. Make sure he can see you at all times as you approach, and perhaps entice him to come to you by offering a morsel of food.

If you're unable to catch the animal or are uneasy about it, call the local police or animal control agency. Whether the dog is owned, injured, stray or lost; call to get the assistance you need. Leave your phone number with the person who helps you so if they have additional questions they have no difficulty contacting you. If possible, stay on the scene to keep an eye on the dog or cat until help arrives. Remember to give precise directions using mileage signs, streets and land markers that are nearby to help them find you.

I added my found dog to your list of found dogs, how do I include a picture of him/her?

Send us an image

I added my found dog to your list of found dogs and it has now been returned to its owner. How do I get my ad removed?

Please contact us so we can remove the information you entered. You can call us at 503-722-6519 or email us at dogservices@clackamas.us. Just tell us your name and phone number and we'll remove the dog's information.

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