Lost & Found Pets

Lost and found pets

PEN 491 Defines dogs as personal property

PEN 485: Appropriation of Property - Finder must make reasonable effors to find the owner or are guilty of theft. 

If the animal is valued at over $950 it is grand theft and could be a felony. (PEN 487)

Think LOST not Stray or Dumped

Most dogs and cats have owners.  It is against the law to give away or sell a found animal without first attempting to reunite the animal with its owner for a full 30 days.  

If you have found an animal and can not hold it for 30 days, you are required by law to contact your local Animal Control Agency or take it to the proper shelter


*** For dogs found in Citrus Heights call 916.725.7387 to request a pick up, or take to the Sacramento SPCA located at 6201 Florin-Perkins Rd in Sacramento, CA

  1. LOST Pets
  2. FOUND Pets
  1. File a LOST Pet Report

  2. Notify your microchip company

  3. Make Flyers with your pet's picture - post them in your neighborhood and at local vet offices!

  4. File Lost Pet Reports with any nearby shelters or agencies. 

  5. Cover the neighborhood - talk to your neighbors, call for your pet near your home, place a sign in your front yard.  

  6. Leave bedding or a litter box (something that smells like home) on the front porch temporarily

  7. Check the shelter - visit in person and look often

  8.  Post on Social Media sites like Facebook, NextDoor and Craigslist

Lost & Found Phone Line
916.727.4850
Before you call, please have the following information ready:

  1. Your Name

  2. Your Phone Number

  3. Your address and major cross streets

  4. A Description of the animal - breed, size, color, markings and whether they were wearing a collar or are microchipped