Lost & Found
If you have lost an animal in or around Oakland, you should immediately come to the Oakland Animal Services shelter at 1101 29th Ave. to fill out a lost animal report and look for your animal. You should also visit the East Bay SPCA at 8323 Baldwin St in Oakland since they also take in lost animals from Oakland.
Additional Steps to Take if You’ve Lost an Animal:
- Visit all of the animal shelters in and around the area your pet was lost and file a lost animal report with each shelter. Your pet may have traveled or been carried into the jurisdiction of another animal shelter. Click here for a List of Animal Shelters.
- Visit the shelter frequently, at least 2-3 times a week, since holding periods for strays vary from 3-7 days.
- Many animals have been missing for weeks (or even months) before being rescued by animal control officers. Check found animal report files every time you visit the shelter. Well-meaning citizens may have held your animal for some time before reporting or turning the animal into the shelter.
- Advertise in your local newspapers. Don’t wait for the finder to advertise. Place posters in the vicinity where the pet was lost. Include your pet’s sex, age, weight, breed color, and any special markings. When describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it to prove that they actually have your pet.
- Check with your local veterinarians as injured pets may have been taken to the vet by a concerned citizen or animal control officer. Check the shelter’s list of animals at the veterinarian.
- Notify neighbors in your area and search the area thoroughly (especially evenings since pets become frightened and hide during the day). Door-to-door canvassing may provide leads in finding your lost animal. Leave a contact number in case your animal is found by a citizen. Enlist the help of children in the area. A reward may generate more interest, but do not list a price.
- When you visit the shelter, check the list of animals that were picked up in the field deceased.
- When you find your pet, please have your animal microchipped and place an animal license tag or ID tag on your pet immediately. Oakland Animal Services will microchip animals of Oakland residents for $10.
Have You Found an Animal?
The law requires that you report any stray dog or cat that you find in Oakland to the Oakland Police Department’s Animal Services at 510.535.5602 or in person at 1101 29th Ave. during our open business hours. When reporting, provide a description of the animal along with any identification tag it is wearing. If you decide to keep the animal in your home, rather than bringing it to the Oakland Animal Services shelter, you must actively search for the animal’s owner for at least two weeks. This includes placing ads in local classifieds and posting flyers in the area the dog or cat was found.