Tips for Finding Your Lost Pet

If you’ve lost your pet there are a multitude of actions you can take to make sure your pet gets home.

  • Call Mountain Humane at 208-788-4351 to see if your pet has been brought in already.
  • Check our lost & found Facebook page or the 5B pets page to see if someone has picked up your pet.
  • Create signs that you can hang up in your neighborhood.
  • Place an ad in your local newspaper.
  • Check with other regional shelters – pets can get impressively far sometimes!

What to do if you Find a Stray Pet

•  If the animal has no ID tag, put a temporary one on him/her. Include your name and phone number so that if the pet gets lost a second time, he or she will be returned to you.

•  If you are unable to keep a found animal with you, you can call your local police or animal control (see numbers below) to pick up the animal. You can also bring the animal to the Shelter if during open hours. The Animal Shelter does not have the resources or authority to pick up animals.

Blaine County Animal Control 208-578-3377
Blaine County Sheriff’s Office 208-788-5555
Hailey Police 208-788-3531
Bellevue Police 208-788-3692
Ketchum Police 208-788-7818
Sun Valley Police 208-622-5345

•  Take the animal to be scanned for a microchip. Also, check the animal’s ears for a tattoo, as this is sometimes used as a form of pet identification.

Local places to have microchips checked:
ASWRV 1000 Croy Creek Rd. Hailey 208-788-4351
Sawtooth Animal Center Main St. Bellevue 208-788-4004
Sun Valley Animal Center Hwy 75 South of Ketchum 208-726-7777
Sun Valley Animal Center Downtown Warm Springs Rd. Ketchum 208-726-7790
St. Francis Pet Hospital HWY 75 on north end of Ketchum 208-726-1157

• Check the lost and found section in local newspapers and in the newspapers of nearby towns. Lost pets can travel some distance (either on their own, by hitchhiking on a vehicle, or by being rescued and then lost again in a new location) and may be farther away from home than you think. On Facebook there is a 5B Pets page and an ASWRV Lost & Found Page where people post lost and found animals in the Wood River Valley.

• Place “pet found” ads in the local newspapers. A typical ad describes the type of animal, where he/she was found, coloring and other distinct characteristics. You want to leave out some characteristics about the animal, so that when a person calls claiming to be the owner, you can verify that the animal really belongs to him/her. For example, you could leave out information about the gender of the animal, or that he/she has white feet, or a really short or bushy tail. Don’t forget to put your phone number and times you can be reached in the ad or flyer.

• Create flyers. Take a good photo of the pet, write a basic description and then access the free, easy-to-use flyer maker program at www.petbond.com to create your flyers. As with newspaper ads, leave out some information so you can ask specific questions of possible owners to help verify that the pet is really theirs. Print out the flyers, attach them to brightly colored poster board, and write “FOUND CAT” (or dog) in large black letters across the top, to ensure that the flyers are noticed. Missing Pet Partnership also has some great tips for creating highly visible flyers.

• Post the flyers in the vicinity where the animal was found, at local businesses and in other places in your community. Pet supply and farm stores, grocery stores, veterinary offices, and post offices are great places to post these flyers.

• Email the flyers to your friends, family members and other contacts in the surrounding area, and ask them to alert others. Post the flyer on social networking websites, such as Facebook. Get the information or flyer to all local vet clinics and shelters. To email it to ASWRV, use [email protected]