Found Pet

Returning a Lost Pet

Here are a few steps you can take to help return a lost pet to it's owners:
  • If the dog is wearing a current Maricopa County tag, call 602-506-PETS (7387) and follow the prompts to retrieve the owner's phone number.
  • If the dog or cat is wearing any other type of ID, attempt to contact the owner using the information on the ID.
  • If you plan to keep the found dog or cat at your home for a few days, please post a flyer on our Interactive Mapping Tool. This will allow the owner to contact you should they find you have their pet.
  • The animal can be scanned for a microchip by a local veterinarian or shelter (call the place you desire to take them to ensure that they have scanning capability).
  • Post fliers in the neighborhood where you found the animal.
  • Post the found animal on Pet Harbor, Lost Dogs Arizona Facebook page, and/or Straydar Facebook page, etc.
  • If you can safely contain the dog, call us and we will pick up from your location. You can contact MCACC at 602-506-PETS (7387) for dog pick up. Or you can complete a stray dog report online. We cannot pick up cats.
  • Take the dog or cat to one of our shelters. Please visit our Services and Fees page for applicable fees.
NOTE: If you keep a dog or cat and care for it for six consecutive days or longer, the animal is no longer considered a stray by Animal Care & Control. Animal Care & Control cannot pick up the dog and do not pick up cats. If you elect to surrender the animal to either shelter there is an intake fee. Please see Services & Fees.