Tips for Searching for Your Lost Pet

I lost my pet. What can I do to find them?

If you’re searching for a your lost pet, please search our Lost & Found page on our website, which is updated every 30 minutes. If you see your pet online, please take note of the animal ID and email us at adcoshelter@adcogov.org or call 720.523.PETS (7387).

If you don’t see your lost pet on our Lost & Found page, the tips below may be helpful in finding your lost pet.

  • Your pet’s finders may be trying to contact you. Immediately call the microchip company where your pet’s chip is registered to verify your phone number and address are up-to-date in their records.
  • Contact the organization where you licensed your pet and verify that your phone number and address are up to date in their records.
  • Check websites such as craigslist.org, fidofinder.com, 24Petconnect.com, nextdoor.com (for the neighborhood where your pet was lost), 911parrotalert.com, pawboost.com, and the Facebook pages for Colorado Pets Lost & Found and Tri-County Lost & Found Pets to see if someone has posted your pet.
  • Personally look for your pet. The description you give over the phone may not match someone else’s description of them. Act fast and check every local shelter daily. Many pets are found more than 10 miles from where they were lost.
  • Leave a lost pet report and current photo at all shelters you visit.
  • Notify friends and neighbors that your pet is lost.
  • Contact veterinary practices in your area that may come across your lost pet.
  • Post flyers in a three-mile radius of where they were lost.
  • If your pet has been missing for more than five days, check pets that are for adoption at local shelters.
  • Leave an item of your clothing, your pet’s bedding or toys, or cat’s litter box outside to help guide your pet back home.
  • Don’t give up! Pets can be found months after they’re lost.

What if I found a lost pet?

If you’ve found a lost pet, please email us at adcoshelter@adcogov.org or call  720.523.PETS (7387).

Additional ways you can help unite a pet with their family:

What if I found kittens living outside without their mother?  

If you discover a litter of kittens, before coming to their rescue, watch and wait to see if their mother is coming back for them. A mother cat will not approach if she senses someone is nearby. It may be several hours or more before she returns. Remember, community cats are most active at night, so you may not catch a glimpse of the mother at all.  

If you are unsure if the cats/kittens you found are in need of rescue please email Riverdale Animal Shelter at adcoshelter@adcogov.org or call us at 720.523.PETS (7387).

Local Animal Shelters - Lost & Found Pages