Lost & Found - Tips and Advice

Ideas on How to Look for Lost Pets

  • Look Closest to Home First.

  • Set up a Temporary Outdoor Pet Comfort Station
    Leave fresh food and water outside on a porch or in a sheltered area close to your home. Also set up a large cardboard box lined with an old towel or other items that smell familiar to your pet. If your lost pet should return while you are asleep or away from home, food and shelter may save it's life. This is also an incentive for it to stay close by. Check the box and food supply regularly during quiet evening and early morning hours.

  • Look for Cats at Night
    The best time to look for a lost cat is in the dark — between dusk and dawn — when streets are quiet. A lost and hiding cat will come out in the dark to look for food. Take a flashlight with you and search under parked cars, in yards and under bushes as well as in alleys.

  • Ask for Help
    Call the veterinarians in your area.

  • Offer A Reward
    People respond best if a reward is offered. Offer what you can afford - it’s not the size as much as the idea that seems to motivate.

  • Post “LOST” Signs
    Place signs accurately describing your pet in local grocery stores, laundromats, pet stores and vet clinics, as well as neighbourhood street posts.

  • Visit Municipal Pounds
    Visit all local animal shelters to look for your lost pet.

  • Place Ads in Newspapers
    Place an ad in the newspaper and check the “Found Pets” section daily.

  • Visit the Lost and Found Section of our Website
    Search our Lost and Found section on a daily basis — someone may have found your missing pet and posted its information on The Toronto Humane Society website. We do not however run an active lost & found program here at the shelter itself.

  • Your Pet Needs You
    The important thing to remember is that your pet needs you. It can’t tell you where it is — you are responsible for it's safety and rescue. So please don’t give up after a day or two. We recommend that you keep looking for as long as two months if necessary.

Where to Call for Lost Pets:

Municipal Pounds in the Greater Toronto Area
Ajax/Pickering/Whitby 905.427.8737
Aurora/Bradford 905.727.4646
Brampton 905.458.5800
King Township 905.727.4646
Markham/Thornhill 905.727.4646
Mississauga 905.896.5864
Newmarket 905.898.7122
Oakville 905.845.1551
Oshawa 905.723.3488
Richmond Hill 905.727.4646
Stouffville/Georgina 905.722.3452
Toronto Animal Services 416-338-7297
Vaughan 416.213.7176


New Shelter adoption hours are:

Monday to Friday - 11am to 6pm (animal viewing until 7pm)
Saturday and Sunday - 10am to 5pm (animal viewing until 6pm)