WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR PET?

 

We know that animals will get lost even from  the most responsible owner, who microchips their pets,  and works hard to ensure their animals cannot escape their property. With the best intentions, hopes, and training for your animal, sometimes animals get spooked or decide  to wander further than we would like.

 

 

FIRST STEP

 

Contact Animal control for the area where you last saw your animal and/or for the area where you live. Visit our animal control page for more information on who to contact for that area.  Animal control is often the first place a person will call, if they have found an animal. Where the animal is kept until you claim it, depends on the area the animal is found. It is not always brought to Cache Humane Society.

 

Animal Control will check ID and rabies tags on collars, and scan found animals for a micro-chip, so they can try to identify the owner. They are usually  best placed to reunite an animal with their owner. And a micro-chipped pet, registered with up to date contact details is far more likely to be reunited with it’s owner quickly.

 

 

WHAT DOES CACHE HUMANE SOCIETY DO WITH FOUND ANIMALS?

 

When Animal Control impounds an animal at Cache Humane Society, the animal will show on our Impounded Animals page, within an hour. Remember animals impounded by Animal Control at other locations will not be listed here.

 

We also scan the animal for a micro-chip or other ID, to try to identify the owner. Then the animal will normally be kept in our impound areas, away from the adoptable animals and out of view of the public.  If an animal is injured or hurt when it arrives at the shelter, we will ensure it receives the necessary treatment and you may be charged for this treatment when you reclaim your pet.

 

The goal of Cache Humane Society, giving a temporary home to lost animals, and putting them on our website, is to see that lost pet and it's owner reunited. But remember, we legally  only have to hold animals in impound for 5 days, where we are not able to identify the owner.

If the animal is  not reclaimed after 5 days, then they become the property of Cache Humane Society and we are  legally able to make them available for adoption or transfer. We do not set a maximum time limit on the length of time a healthy animal is available for adoption. But we may transfer to another shelter to give an animal a second chance to find a forever home. Once they are adopted to a new owner you may not be able to reclaim your pet unless the new owner is agreeable. So we recommend that you act fast if you have lost your beloved pet.

 

BE PRO-ACTIVE

All animal agencies and Cache Humane Society work hard to reunite lost or impounded animals with their owner. It is difficult, especially if an animal has no form of ID, either on a collar or microchip. It is more difficult if the ID does not have current contact details. You will be reunited with your pet more quickly if we know that someone is looking for it.  Call us to notify us that your pet is lost,  and/or send us any flyers.

 

It is your responsibility, as the animal’s owner to make telephones calls to Animal control, veterinary clinics, and shelters. Basically think about contacting anywhere where an animal might be brought to, if found stray. Also, it is good idea to regularly check all local shelter websites, and KSL Lost and Found Pets. Also check the local Facebook pages "Utah Lost and Found", Cache Valley Pets and Animals,  and Cache Valley Pets Classified

There are also great nationwide resources such as:

Check our Impounded Animals Page regularly, it is updated hourly.

Knock on doors, pass the word around, and post notices where people may see them. Remember, when posting a notice publicly, it is a good idea to miss out a key piece of identifying information for your pet, which anyone who finds it will be able to tell you about, if asked. This helps prevent "Reward Scams".

Above all, DO NOT GIVE UP, we have stories of animals being reunited with their owners, months after being lost!

 

HOW TO RECLAIM YOUR PET

If you think you see your missing pet on our Impounded Animals page, please call right away at Cache Humane Society at 435-792-3920 or visit the shelter.

 

The reclaim process differs between different local government agencies, so please contact Cache Humane Society first for more information before trying to claim your pet. Different rules also apply if your animal has bitten or injured someone or something while outside your care.

 

You may visit the shelter to identify your pet, but you will likely need to visit your city office too, to begin the process to reclaim your pet. You will be required to provide your licence, proof of rabies, if current, and  proof of spay/neuter for fixed animals. It is highly likely you will be charged an impound fee and maybe a penalty depending on the situation. Cache Humane Society reserves the right to also charge to cover our costs of taking care of your pet overnight, and any medical costs incurred by your pet including necessary vaccinations. 

 

Please remember you can only reclaim your pet from the shelter during normal Business Hours and be aware that city offices usually close around 5:30pm and are closed weekends.

 

Do not give up on your lost pet

and remember, we are here to help.

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