Found Animal Services

Our staff is available to assist with lost and found animals daily from 9:00 - 5:30. Appointments are preferred. Individuals who arrive without an appointment may need to wait until the next available appointment. For support with stray pets outside of our regular hours, please contact your local animal control agency.

Found Pets in our Care Report a Lost or Found Pet Found Pets in our Community

Questions? Need to make an appointment?
Contact our team: 360.213.2621 or [email protected]


Stray Kittens

If you find kittens outside, they may be better off where they are. Rushing to the rescue could actually pose a greater risk for the kittens. Learn more about what to do if you find kittens and read our blog post about kit-napping.

Stray Cats

If you find a healthy stray cat, do not bring the cat to the shelter. Admission of stray cats is limited to only cats who are sick, injured, or in immediate danger. Learn more about how you can help stray cats in Clark County on our Stray Cat Resources page.


Reporting Stray Animals

If you are reporting a stray animal or animal at large in your community, contact your local animal control agency. HSSW does not provide stray animal field services or welfare checks. Please review the information below to find your local animal control agency. 

Reporting Lost Pets

Please review the information below. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 360.213.2621.

  • If You Lost a Pet...

    Visit our Stray and Lost Pets Page to view lost pets currently in our care. 

    Submit a Lost Pet Report so we can help keep an eye out.

    More strategies to help locate a lost pet include...

    • Notify your neighbors that your pet is missing – ask them to check their garage, shed, under their porch, etc.
    • Utilize local social media. Lost and found Facebook groups, Craigslist, and the NextDoor app are excellent ways to help spread the word. Active Facebook groups in our community include: SW Washington Lost & Found Pets and Lost & Found Pets of Vancouver, WA among others. 
    • Register with Petco Love Lost. HSSW is a registered partner with Petco Love Lost. Click ‘I Lost a Pet’, upload your pet’s picture, and Petco Love Lost will search found reports which will include animals in our care.
    • 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.
    • Notify veterinary offices in your area. Ask them if they receive lost/stray pets in their clinic.
    • Make sure your contact information on your pet’s microchip is current. Adding a secondary contact and email address can help ensure you are reached when your pet is located.
    • Don’t give up! It can sometimes take a few months to locate a missing pet. Lost pet reports are kept for 30 days beyond your last visit to HSSW. It is important that you let us know that your pet is still missing and that you are actively looking for him/her.

    Problems with the online form? You can download and print a copy of the Lost Pet Report. The form must be brought to the shelter in person during regular business hours. Please also include a current photo of your pet.

  • Lost/Stray Procedures

    Animals reported as lost or stray are held for 3 days (without ID or microchip) or 5 days (if found with ID or microchip.) During that time, our staff actively call any available contact information available from licenses, ID, or microchip found on the animal. When a stray hold expires, animals will receive an evaluation and may be made available for adoption.

    As a licensing agent for Clark County, our staff is required to issue a license to any unlicensed animal being redeemed at our shelter. Licensing fees apply. Licensing and redemption fees are assessed by Clark County; HSSW staff are unable to reduce or waive fees. Learn more about licensing fees in Clark County.

  • Reduce the Chance of Losing your Pet

    Our pets can be escape artists. But doing all you can to relocate a lost pet can help give you peace of mind if they wander. 

    • 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. At HSSW, all animals are microchipped before adoption. Microchip services can be obtained at your family vet or in our community at clinics with Good Neighbor Vet
    • Have your pet wear a collar, ID, and license. This ensures that your pet can be traced back and returned to you.
    • As a licensing agent for Clark County, our staff is required to issue a license to any unlicensed animal being redeemed at our shelter. License your pet.
    • Spay/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 harness/leash or in a supervised area.
    • Fence your yard if practical. Make sure when your dog is outside it is in a fenced yard or on a leash.

Reporting Found Pets

If you find a pet in your neighborhood, please notify us so we can help locate its family.  Admission of stray cats is limited to only cats who are sick, injured, or in immediate danger. Learn more here.

  • If You Found a Pet...

    You may have just saved a life. Thank you! It's important to report found pets immediately. Not only is their family worried about them, they could be dependent on medication, special food, or other treatments. Timely reporting is essential. 

    • Email [email protected] with questions or bring the animal to the shelter during regular business hours. Please note: you must make an appointment. Learn more at the top of this page.
    • Complete a Found Pet Report so our staff can keep the details on file. Doing so will help us provide information to families calling us to search for their lost pet. You may choose to keep the animal at your home while still looking for the owner, but you are expected to report the pet as lost.
    • Utilize local social media. Lost and found Facebook groups, Craigslist, and the NextDoor app are excellent ways to help spread the word.
    • Have the animal scanned for a microchip. You can do this at the Humane Society or your local vet. If a microchip is found, the owner can be contacted immediately.
    • Notify your neighbors. They may have information that can help. 
    • Post a Found Pet Poster in the area where you found the animal.

Redemption Fees and Licensing

In Clark County, redemption and licensing fees are set by the county or jurisdiction in which the pet was found. HSSW is a contracted agent to provide care and shelter to stray and lost animals. Fees cannot be adjusted by HSSW staff.

  • Redemption Fees

    Fees are charged upon redemption according to the location where the animal was found. All fees are set by municipal code to help cover the cost of impounding stray animals. All animals received as lost/stray will incur impoundment and boarding fees. Transportation, medical and licensing fees may also apply.

    HSSW is not able to waive or adjust fees without authorization from the Manager of Clark County Animal Protection & Control. 

    Vancouver, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, and La Center

    Impoundment (in a 12-month period):
    1st impoundment - $25
    2nd impoundment - $50
    3rd or more impoundments - $100

    Boarding Fees:
    Charged daily until redemption, including the day the animal arrives
    $25/day - dogs, cats, small mammals

    Medical Fees:
    Charged when an animal requires immediate medical care during the stray holding period
    $50 (or actual costs incurred)

    Clark County

    Impoundment (in a 12-month period):
    1st impoundment - $40
    2nd impoundment - $65
    3rd or more impoundments - $115

    Boarding Fees:
    Charged daily until redemption, including the day the animal arrives
    $25/day - dogs, cats, small mammals
    $50/day - livestock

    Transportation Fees:
    Per animal, charged when the animal was brought to HSSW by a Clark County Animal Protection and Control Officer
    $50/day - dogs, cats, small mammals
    $50/day - livestock

    City of Camas

    Cats - Clark County impoundment fees apply
    Dogs - See Below

    Impoundment (in a 12 month period):
    1st impoundment - $40
    2nd or more impoundments - $55

    Boarding Fees:
    Charged daily until redemption
    $20/day

    Quarantine Boarding Fees
    $10/day
    *License fees must be paid via the City of Camas

    City of Washougal

    Cats - Clark County impoundment fees apply
    Dogs - See Below

    Impoundment (in a 12 month period):
    1st impoundment - $25
    2nd impoundment - $75
    3rd or more impoundments - $150

    Boarding Fees:
    Charged daily until redemption
    $25/day

    Quarantine Boarding Fees:
    $10/day
    *License fees must be paid via the City of Washougal

  • Pet Licenses

    In Clark County and its inclusive cities, it is required by law that owned cats and dogs are licensed.

    As a licensing agent for Clark County, our staff is required to issue a license to any unlicensed animal being redeemed at our shelter. Licensing fees apply and include a nominal agent fee. Learn more about licensing at Clark County's Pet Licensing page or call 564.394.2489.

 


Questions? Need help? 
Admissions Team
360.213.2621 or [email protected]

Two black dogs on green grass

Animal Welfare and Safety

Strategies for staying safe and resources for other agencies in our community.

a white cat with dark ears and green eyes is being pet on the head

Stray Cat and Kitten Resources

Learn more about how to support stray cats in our community.

a golden brown and black rabbit witn a white rabbit in the background lounging by a food bowl

Surrender Your Pet

Information about surrendering pets. HSSW is here to help when family dynamics change.