Finding a lost pet can be overwhelming. Whether it’s a dog wandering without an owner, or a community cat hiding underneath a car, you want to help in any way you can. What to do? Who to call? Here are our tips for what to do if you find a lost pet.
If you find a lost dog or cat wearing a City of Toronto tag, contact 311 to connect the pet with the owner. If the animal does not have any identification tags, contact 311 for information on next steps.
If you have found a stray kitten or kitten litter, visit our Don’t Kitnap the Kittens Initiative and Support Programs. If you found a stray adult cat, visit our Stray Adult Cats page where you will find resources and information.
In order to reduce confusion for owners of lost animals, bring the lost pet to the closest Toronto Animal Services location to you. If this is not an option, stray animals can be brought to us at 11 River Street, Toronto. Please make note of the exact location the animal was found prior to bringing them to our building.
When you arrive, there will be a few questions we will need you to answer to ensure the best outcome for each stray animal brought in, ensuring its greatest chance of being re-united with its guardian.
Animals without a home, who enter our facility, receive world-class standards of care and eventually the opportunity to be re-homed.
Animals in more desperate circumstances that may have a serious illness or injury, are immediately assessed by a Toronto Humane Society veterinarian and provided the required medical care.
We have developed a strong relationship with Toronto Animal Services. The result of this relationship has been the reduction in euthanasia numbers in our city. Animals that are transferred to Toronto Animal Services are provided with a high standard of care and are attended to by dedicated, compassionate and knowledgeable city employees.
We also transfer animals from Toronto Animal Services when requested in order to help ensure that no healthy and adoptable animals are euthanized in our community due to lack of resources.