Lost & Found Pets

Lost & Found Pets

One of the most rewarding services provided by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington is the successful reunion of lost pets with their owners. Our staff reunites more than 1,000 lost animals each year. Please note that we do not accept stray animals from outside of Clark County. Please visit our Service Fees menu for a listing of fees associated with pet redemption, pet surrendering and other services offered by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.


  • Come to the shelter immediately. You can save time by filling out a LOST PET REPORT, but please know that you need to bring the report to the shelter and search for your lost pet! While at the shelter your report will be compared with the found reports we have on file. By coming to the shelter you will help find your pet and be reunited more quickly.
  • Download a LOST PET POSTER to post around your neighborhood. Please be as detailed and descriptive as possible, and include a photo of your pet. Every detail can help!
  • Place ads in local newspapers and on Craigslist. You can also watch for any "found" ads that might match the description of your animal. You can place a lost pet ad in The Columbian for a minimal fee; visit their website at www.columbianshop.com for more information.
  • Visit the Humane Society at least every 3 days. We will check our in-house logs each time you visit.
  • Don’t give up. It may take months to locate a missing pet.
  • Call us to let us know when you have found your pet.


  • Microchip your pet. A microchip acts as an added insurance policy and will help reunite lost animals with their owners, even if the animal somehow slips their collar. The cost of microchipping your pet is $30 at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Click here for more information about our microchip services.https://southwesthumane.org/services-public
  • Have your pet wear a collar, ID and license. This ensures  that your pet can be traced back and returned to you.
  • Neuter your pet. Neutering helps to reduce a pet's instinct to roam and helps solve the overpopulation problem.
  • Keep cats indoors. Make sure your cat stays inside unless on a leash or in a supervised area.
  • Fence your yard. Make sure when your dog is outside it is in a fenced yard or on a leash.


  • Call the Humane Society immediately. You can place a FOUND PET REPORT over the telephone by calling us at 360-693-4746. After contacting us, you can keep the animal at your home while still looking for the owner, for up to 30 days from the date that you found it. If after 30 days the original owner still is not found, the animal must be licensed, neutered and vaccinated, as a newly acquired pet.
  • Check for a chip. Bring the animal to the Humane Society or your local veterinarian to be scanned for a microchip. If a microchip is found, the owner can be contacted immediately.
  • Post flyers. We've made it easy for you to post post flyers around the area near which you found the animal with this downloadable FOUND PET POSTER.
  • Place an ad. Visit www.columbianshop.com to place a FREE found ad in the classified section of The Columbian.
  • Call us to let us know if the animal is successfully been returned to its owner.