Whether you are a first-time pet parent or seasoned guardian, things happen. Making sure your pet is microchipped is essential for a more positive outcome. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted beneath your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades. It contains a number unique to your pet, and is used as an identifier when scanned by a veterinarian, animal shelter or rescue group. It’s important to register your contact information (and keep it up to date) so that you can be contacted should your pet be lost and then found.
A microchip is NOT a GPS tracker.
Is your pet microchipped?
If yes, make sure your contact information is registered with the microchip agency and up to date.
Make sure to also register the microchip and contact information on Found Animals, a universal site.
If not, consider getting it done. It’s quick, easy, and inexpensive and can help reunite you with your pet. Use this list to find out more about low-cost options for microchips or talk to your vet.
Lost or Found a Pet
If you’ve lost your pet, stay calm. Most pets don’t stray far from home, and often, using the resources immediately around you will help reunite you with your pet. If you’ve found a pet, try to find the owner; don’t just bring the pet to a shelter. Knock on doors, use social media, ask neighbors.
For both lost and found pets, the below resources are available to help you.
Check with municipal shelters:
- If you live in North Las Vegas or Las Vegas, contact The Animal Foundation:
- For lost and found pet resources, click here.
- For a lots and found online search, click here.
- For Henderson residents, contact Henderson Animal Care and Control.
- Animal Control Agencies in Las Vegas:
- Clark County Animal Control 702-455-7710
- City of Las Vegas Animal Control 702-229-6444 (option 2)
- City of North Las Vegas Animal Control 702-633-1750
Register your pet as lost on the following free, searchable sites:
Use Social Media. Most communities have lost and found groups on Facebook, Twitter and NextDoor. Do a general search in your area to find groups closest you. Use your personal social media pages to ask for help, share photos of a found pet or report your own as lost.
Print and post flyers. Good places to post your flyers include dog parks and runs, pet supply stores and pet grooming shops, and veterinary offices. Various commercial establishments like grocery and convenience stores, gas stations, laundromats, bars, cafes, and restaurants are other good high-traffic options.