What should you do if you find a lost cat or dog?
It is important to turn in lost animals to the appropriate place as soon as possible.
The following animals should be taken to the Animal Services Centre
- or if after hours, the closest veterinary clinic:
- dogs found within the city limits with or without ID
- cats with ID
- cats or dogs found outside the city of Calgary limits
- cats found within the city limits without ID (City licence tag, microchip, tattoo)
- exotic animals (birds, reptiles, etc...)
- surrendered or abandoned animals.
If you are not able to take the animals to the Calgary Humane Society, the following veterinary clinics will accept them on their behalf:
- Calgary North Veterinary Hospital, 4204 4th St. N.W., 403-277-0135
- McKnight 24 Hour Emergency Veterinary Hospital, #34, 5010 4th St. N.E., 403-457-0911
- Forest Lawn Veterinary Hospital, 2002 36th St. S.E. 403-272-0115
- Western Veterinary Specialist & Emergency Care, 1802 10th Ave. S.W., 403-770-1340
- Shawnessy South Pet Hospital, 70 Shawville Blvd. S.E., 403-254-5900
What should you do if the lost cat or dog has been injured?
Lost cats or dogs found within the city limits that have been injured, with or without ID, should be taken directly to a veterinary clinic.
If transportation is an issue and you are not able to deliver the injured stray to a clinic, please contact 311 and Animal Services will pick the animal up and transport it to the closest available veterinary clinic.
What should you do if your cat or dog is lost?
As soon as you know your cat or dog is lost, you should:
- Call 311 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-2489 (from outside Calgary) to file a Lost Animal Report.
- Continue to update Animal Services on the status of your lost pet by calling 311 to add to the report as you get more information. This ensures that your lost pet report remains in our system.
- Check if your lost pet has been brought into the Animal Services Centre by frequently checking the listings of impounded cats, impounded dogs, adoptable cats and adoptable dogs on our website.
- The website is updated every 15 minutes during regular business hours, so check frequently.
- Download the free City of Calgary Pets mobile application so you can check via your mobile device if your pet is showing up on our impounded or adoptable lists.
- Visit the Animal Services Centre to see if your lost cat or lost dog is in our facility. It's easier to identify your pet in person than by looking at photos.
Licensed pets find their way home faster
If you have your pets licensed, the chance of them finding their way home is dramatically increased. A licence tag tells people who may find your lost cat or dog that the animal is owned and that they should turn the animal in.
Cat and dog licences connect people and pets because they allow us to access important contact information that will help us to reunite you with your animal as soon as possible.
How long will cats and dogs be held at the Animal Services Centre?
Cats and dogs impounded at the Animal Services Centre are held for 10 days if they have identification such as a licence tag, a legible tattoo or a readable microchip with up-to-date contact information.
Cats and dogs without identification are held for 4 days. After this hold period, if the cat or dog is unclaimed, it will be put up for adoption.
If your cat or dog has been missing for longer than 10 days, you should also check our listings for adoptable cats and adoptable dogs.
What else can you do?
- Double-check with members of your household to ensure no one has your pet or knows where your pet is.
- Do a thorough search of your home. If you have lost a cat or small dog, look carefully through closets and hampers, behind furniture, and into any other small space they could be hiding in.
- Enlist the help of friends and family to extend your search through the neighbourhood. Ask them to carry cell phones, so they can contact you if they find your pet.
- Contact the Calgary Humane Society to see if they have picked up your pet. www.calgaryhumane.ca.
- Contact neighbours and local vet clinics to ask if they have seen your cat or dog. People often bring stray pets to their vet so make sure the vets in your area know what pet you are looking for and how to reach you.
- Place a "Lost Pet" ad on Shaw Cable TV's website and in local newspapers.
Never give up hope. Your pet may come back to you today or even in a few weeks. Pets have been known to return to their families after weeks of being gone.