The sooner you begin your search, the better your chances are of being reunited with your lost pet. Take the following steps both inside and outside your neighborhood to help improve your chances of finding your pet:
Update Your Contact Information
Was your pet wearing its license tag when it went missing? Contact the organization where you licensed your pet immediately and verify that your phone number and address are up-to-date in their records.
If your pet is licensed within Jefferson County, Arvada, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, Westminster or Wheat Ridge, click here to update your contact information.
Does your lost pet have a microchip? Contact the microchip company immediately and verify that your phone number and address are up-to-date in their records.
Even if your pet has been missing for months or even years, you should continue to update any changes to your phone number or address. This will ensure that you can be contacted if the microchip is ever traced.
If you cannot locate your pet’s microchip paperwork containing the microchip number and company information, try contacting your veterinarian (or a shelter or rescue group if you adopted your pet). They may be able to locate that information for you.
Search High & Low
Search online lost & found postings such as animal shelter and rescue group websites (including Foothills Animal Shelter’s online postings), post to sites like Facebook and NextDoor and check Craigslist.org
You are welcome to post a lost pet classifieds ad that will appear on the Lost & Found Pets page of our website. Your listing will stay active for one month, but you are welcome to post again at any time. Please note: our Lost & Found Pets page is not monitored 24/7–the best recommendation is to visit the shelter in person to check for your lost animal.
your home & NEIGHBORHOOD
Go through your home and pay close attention to areas such as appliances, attic, cabinets, closets, crawl spaces, drain pipes, drawers, gutters, roof, sheds, trees and vehicles. Curious pets can often wander into these areas and get themselves stuck.
While you search the neighborhood, post flyers within a several-mile radius of your home with a description of your pet and your phone number.
sense of smell
If your pet doesn’t hear you calling for them, his strong sense of smell may lead him back home. Leaving a pair of your old gym socks, shirt, your pet’s bedding or toys out on the patio may help guide your pet back home. For lost cats, consider leaving their litter box or a can of tuna outside. Indoor cats are easily disoriented by the smell of outdoors, so a friendly scent may help them find their way home.
Cats & Kittens
Often, people think missing cats may have been attacked by wildlife, or believe that they will wander back home after a few days. Please do not delay searching for your cat. We encourage you to begin your search as soon as your cat goes missing, and continue looking.
Other Places to Search
We encourage you to visit our Shelter in person and check back often.
If your pet is found by an Animal Control Officer in Arvada, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, or unincorporated Jefferson County and has a license tag, they will make every attempt to return the pet directly to you before bringing your pet to the Shelter. If your pet is not wearing a license tag, the officer will bring the pet to Foothills Animal Shelter.
If your pet is found by a community member, they might take it to a shelter or organization they are familiar with – not necessarily the closest location. Therefore, please check our Shelter even if you live outside of Jefferson County.
Here are some other local animal welfare groups that you can contact to look for your pet:
Animal Control Contacts
Arapahoe County 720.874.6750
Arvada Animal Management 720.898.6850
Broomfield Animal Control 303.464.5557
Clear Creek County 303.679.2398
Denver Animal Control 720.913.1311
Edgewater Animal Control 303.235.0500
Englewood Animal Control 303.761.7410
Gilpin County 303.572.0750
Golden Code Enforcement 303.384.8045
Jefferson County Animal Control 303.271.5070
Lakeside Police 303.455.1980
Lakewood Animal Control 303.987.7173
Longmont Animal Control 303.651.8500
Mountain View Police 303.421.7282
Northglenn Animal Control 303.450.8886
Thornton Animal Control 303.538.7517
Westminster Animal Control 303.658.4326
Wheat Ridge Animal Parks 303.235.2926
Local Animal Shelters
Adams County 303.288.3294
Arapahoe County 720.874.6750
Charlie’s: Clear Creek/Gilpin Co. Animal Shelter 303-679-2477
City of Aurora 303.326.8288
Denver County 720.913.1311
Denver Dumb Friends League 303.751.5772
Humane Society of Boulder Valley 303.442.4030
Humane Society of South Platte Valley 303.703.2938
Longmont Humane Society 303.772.1232
Park County 719.836.4380
Angels with Paws Cat Rescue and Adoption Center 303.274.2264
Cat Care Society 303.239.9680
Evergreen Animal Protection League 303.674.6442
Intermountain Humane Society 303.838.2668