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When a pet goes missing, time is of the essence; start looking immediately. Follow the steps and suggestions below tohelp recover your pet.

If you’ve lost your pet:

1. Check our Found Dog listings here.

It is advised to also check neighboring shelters; animals can travel quite a distance if scared; they can also be picked up by well-meaning citizens who may take them to a nearby shelter.

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

If your pet is not listed as found;

2. Submit a Lost Report here*

a. Then, email a photo (jpg file) of your pet as an attachment to: DogShelter@co.clackamas.or.us with the name and phone number you provided when submitting the Lost Report as the subject line (Subject Line Example: Amber Leigh 503-111-1111). This will help us to put the picture you send with the information you provided when submitting the form.

You may also submit your photograph by one of the following:

Fax:

You can fax a black and white version of the picture to us at: (503) 655-8255 - ATTN: Amber

Be sure to include your name and phone number with the image to assure the picture is placed with the right dog.

NOTE: The picture you fax will be black and white. It will still allow users to see the dogs general appearance, but will not show its coloring.

Bring or mail it in

You can bring a picture to us at:

Animal Adoption and Education Center
13141 SE Highway 212
Clackamas, OR 97015

*You may also visit the center in person to submit a lost report.

NOTE:  A Facebook post does NOT take the place of filing a lost dog report - you must file a report here in order for it to be in our database.

3. Place an advertisement in the newspaper

4. Notify local shelters

5. Place lost pet posters:

a. around your neighborhood

b. at local veterinarian’s offices

Include on your 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 pet 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.

6. Contact your pet’s microchip company

7. Visit area shelters with a picture of your pet, even if you have already called, just in case!

When your pet is found, please email DogShelter@co.clackamas.or.us or call 503-722-6519 so we can remove yourlost pet listing, and remember to remove posted flyers.

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. It is 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.

Lost Pet FAQs

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?

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 already added my lostdog to your list of lost dogs; now how do I include a picture?

Pictures of a lost or found dog can be sent to us 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. Call 503-722-6519 or email DogShelter@co.clackamas.or.us. Tell us your name and phone number and we'll remove the dog's information.

Found Pet Information

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

Check our database frequently to see if anyone has lost the dog you found; dogs are added daily. 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 dog's license number and find out the owner's 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, there are still many steps that you can take. You can fill out the found form for Clackamas County Dog Services, place an add in a local newspaper (most offer found ads free of charge) and put up posters and have people call to describe the animal.

When the owner recovers their lost pet that you found, please notify Dog Services at 503-722-6519 so we can 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 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 can contact 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 nearby land markers to help them find you.

I added my found dog to your list of found dogs; now how do I include a picture?

Pictures of a lost or found dog can be sent to us by email, fax or regular mail. 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 at 503-722-6519 or DogShelter@co.clackamas.or.us. Just tell us your name and phone number and we'll remove the dog's information.

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