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If you believe that your lost pet may be at the Irvine Animal Care Center, please visit the Shelter in person to identify and reclaim your pet.  Please note that we cannot verify the identity of your pet by phone or email.  Stray pets are held for seven days before they are made available for adoption.

Tips for finding a lost pet:

  • Put up signs!  Include a color photo, a thorough description of the pet, the date when it was lost, the area where it was lost, your phone number and an offer of an unspecified monetary reward.   Post the signs everywhere, not just in your own neighborhood.  And, replace fallen signs immediately.

  • Call and visit all area shelters and rescues.  Leave a description of your pet to be put in their files, and be as precise in your description as possible. But do not depend on the shelters to find your pet for you; visit them and look at their animals and their impound log every few days.

  • Look for your pet!  Walk, bike or drive to the places your pet might have gone. A lost pet who is scared may not be easy to find.  Don’t be embarrassed to call out loudly for your pet.  Be on the lookout for "found" signs while you’re out—you might see your pet on one of them!

  • Take flyers to local grocery stores, pet-supply stores, shelters and vets’ offices.

  • Place a "lost" ad in local papers and online (craigslist.org and petfinder.com are just a few examples), and read the "found" ads daily.

  • Go door to door in your neighborhood with a picture of your pet, and ask your neighbors whether they’ve seen him or her.   Ask them to check their garages, sheds or any other space where a lost pet could hide.

  • Don’t give up!  The IACC recently reunited an elderly dog with his owners after he’d been lost for almost six months.  Nothing is impossible!  Your pet didn’t get lost because it didn’t love you or was ungrateful to you; it wants to be back home as much as you want it there.  Keep looking.

Remember, an identification tag and a microchip are your pet's best chance of getting home safely.

For location, hours and directions to our shelter, click here.

For comments or additional information contact us at info@irvineshelter.org.