Lost and Found

IMPORTANT:

  • If you think your animal might be at our shelter, please contact us immediately. Stray animals are typically held for 4-7 days before being placed up for adoption.
  • If you have found an animal, please take the animal to a vet clinic so that it can be scanned for a microchip, and its age, sex, and breed can be determined. This information is crucial in matching a pet to an owner.
  • If you find your animal after filing a report, please let us know by either calling 734-661-3545 or emailing lostandfound@hshv.org. Thank you.

Lost & Found Line: (734) 661-3545

Despite how careful you are, sometimes a furry friend wanders off and gets lost. HSHV is Washtenaw County's only stray animal holding facility, and we are always ready to assist owners with finding their pets, as well as those who have found a stray animal. (A "stray" is simply another term for a lost animal found running loose without an owner.)

If you have lost a pet:

  • Don't feel embarrassed about calling to report an animal missing. Starting the search for your missing animal as soon as possible can make all the difference in finding them. 
  • Please complete our lost report. This will be sent to HSHV's Intake Department to be added to our system. Once you submit your report, you will receive email confirmation with further instructions and can respond with a photograph of your pet. Pleass allow 24 hours for your report to be visible on our website. Your report will expire after 90 days, but if you need or want to extend that time or have reunited with your pet, please let us know by either calling 734-661-3545 or emailing lostandfound@hshv.org.
  • Though shelter staff are always checking for matches in our system, it is still very important that you check as well. No one will recognize your pet faster or better than you! Look at the FOUND CATS/FOUND DOGS and STRAY CATS/STRAY DOGS on our website. But please do not assume if your animal is not listed, it is not as out shelter! If the animal has been in the shelter for a period of time, it may not appear on the website any longer.
  • If you lost an animal outside of HSHV's service area (Washtenaw County and Plymouth), or if you live near the border of Washtenaw County, please contact your local stray holding facility to determine their procedures for lost animals. Here is a list of other SE Michigan animal holding facilities
  • Please see "Tips for Finding Your Lost Animal" for more things you can do.
  • If you have questions about Lost/Found reports, think you've spotted a match on the website, or want to follow-up on your own situation, please contact our Lost and Found Line (734) 661-3545.

If you have found a pet:

  • If you have found a pet within HSHV's service area (Washtenaw County and Plymouth), and wish to bring it to HSHV's shelter, please read this information first - it can be found under "Bringing a Stray Companion Animal to HSHV".
  • Please complete a found reportAccuracy is crucial, as a wrong breed or color can lead to a missed match! If you can, please take the animal to a vet clinic so that it can be scanned for a microchip, and its age, sex and breed can be determined. You can also see these websites for breed information:
    • Dog Breed List (Petfinder)
    • Cat Breed/Color List (MSPCA)

      Your found report will be sent to our shelter's Intake Department to be added to our system. Once you submit your report, you will receive email confirmation with further instructions and can respond with a photo of the animal you found. Pleass allow 24 hours for your report to be visible on our website. Your report will expire after 90 days, but if you need or want to extend that time, please contact HSHV at (734) 661-3545. 
  • Please look at the LOST CATS/LOST DOGS pages; These are the reports owners file when their animal goes missing. Though the shelter's Intake Department is always checking for matches in our system, it is very helpful if you check as well. Find a match? Please call our Lost and Found Line (734) 661-3545.
  • If you found the animal outside of HSHV's service area (or live near the border of Washtenaw County), please contact your local stray holding facility to determine their procedures for found animals. Here is a list of other SE Michigan animal holding facilities
  • If you have questions about Lost/Found reports, think you've spotted a match on the website, or want to follow-up on your own situation, please contact our Lost and Found Line (734) 661-3545.

Please remember that identification, collars with tags and microchips, are your pet's fastest ticket home! Cats, too, can safely wear collars with tags and are an easy way for us and your neighbors to know that your cat has a loving home. Microchips can be placed inexpensively by your veterinarian or by our veterinary clinic.


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