Is Your Pet Missing?
Contact City/County Resources
- Contact both local animal shelters:
- Pocatello Animal Services - 208-234-6156
- Chubbuck Animal Control - 208-237-7172
- If you live in the county, contact the Sheriff’s Department at 208-236-7114
- If you live in a rural city, contact your City Hall
- Contact the Bannock Humane Society at 208-232-0371
- Contact the Portneuf Animal Welfare Society at 208-339-4183
- Contact the Animal Shelter on a daily basis. Make a phone call daily and personally visit the shelter often. You are the only one who really knows your pet. Don’t depend on telephone information. Pet descriptions vary and mistakes can be made. Don’t give up, your daily visits remind the staff to keep an eye out for your pet.
- Call local veterinary hospitals to see if your pet was injured and/or brought in for treatment.
Share/Monitor Important Information
- Give the shelters pictures of your pet. This will help greatly in identifying your pet. For the Pocatello Animal Shelter you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure you put your contact information in the email so we can match the picture with the correct report.
- Watch the local newspapers for found reports. Monitor petfinder.com for animals posted in local shelters for adoption.
- Advertise in local papers, including those that go to the county areas. Post signs in your neighborhood and talk to your neighbors so they can keep an eye out. Leave flyers in local public establishments. Drive around the neighborhood, visiting schools and parks where kids may be playing. Your pet may recognize the sound of your car or the sound of your voice calling it. Please remember where you post your signs so you can go take them down when your pet is found.
- If your pet was wearing identification or is microchipped, make sure the information is current with the agency associated with the identification. (e.g. if it is a rabies tag, make sure the vet clinic has updated contact information, if it is a microchip contact the company).
Don’t assume that your pet will come back on its own or that it has been stolen and won’t turn up at the shelter. Waiting to contact the appropriate agency could cost your pet’s life. Up to 20 dogs and cats can be impounded every day in the City of Pocatello alone. Check daily to see what activity has happened.
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Proper ID After Finding Pet
When you do find your pet, get proper ID on them, take pictures to keep on file and please take the time to contact the agencies you notified and let them know you have found your pet. Contact the Pocatello Animal Shelter today for information about microchipping your loved pet.