Four Steps to Finding Your Lost Pet
1. Search our online Lost & Found page
Browse the online listings of lost and found pets to see if your pet is listed. If not, you can post your lost pet online here.
2. Call us
Call the shelter and leave a description of the pet for our lost pet book. Pictures are very helpful as many animals have similar descriptions and people
may describe animals differently. Our staff can compare the lost report with our found reports for a possible match - not all animals that are found are at the shelter, they may be held at someone’s home, at a veterinary clinic or deceased. We keep lost and found reports for 30 days.
3. Visit the shelter
Stop in the shelter closest to where your pet was lost. Check in with the front desk when you arrive to have a staff member escort you to view all stray pets and have them look through the found pet book. We recommend you visit the shelter at least every other day.
4. Don't Give Up!
Some pets have been reunited with their owners months or even years after being lost.
Also try to:
- Contact the people closest to where your pet was lost.
- Post flyers in the area, with a description and a photo if possible.
- Post a found pet post on Facebook and Craigslist; check lost ads as well. You can post the found pet on the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Facebook page and others such as Hawai'i Island Pets Lost & Found. Describe the animal, note any distinctive markings and provide details about when and where they were lost and how you can be reached.
Check with veterinarians in your area.
Post flyers in your neighborhood supermarkets, restaurants and retail stores. Include a description and photo. Please ask permission before posting your flyers.
- Take out a classified ad in the local newspaper. Many newspapers offer free “lost pet” ads.
Once Your Pet is Found
- Remember to keep a collar and ID on your pet at all times. Use breakaway collars for cats. Because of a cat's propensity for investigating small places and climbing trees, collars may become hung up on something. All dogs 4 months of age or older must be licensed as required by law. Licenses are available for purchase at all three HIHS locations during normal business hours. If your dog is found to be unlicensed it may result in a fine up to $50 as determined by a judge.
- Microchip your pet. The Hawaii Island Humane Society offers microchipping services to ensure the safety of your pet and that you can quickly recover your pet should they ever become lost again. The microchipping fee for any animal is $20 + tax.
- Spay and neuter your pet. Unfixed animals have the tendency to roam in search of a mate. We offer FREE and low-cost spay and neuter! Call us today to learn more or schedule your appointment.
Download our Lost & Found brochure here.