Below are several tried and true tips from the folks at Missing Mutt Detectives. Follow each step exactly if you have lost or found a pet.
Remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Put padlocks on all gates. Put harnesses and Martingale collars on dogs when on leash. Newly adopted dogs should be kept ON LEASH in the backyard for at least 2 weeks after adoption, until that pet has bonded with you – and NO WALKS / TRIPS outside your yard for at least two weeks.
It is ILLEGAL to rehome, sell, or give away a pet that does not belong to you. Rescue organizations cannot take stray animals. They must go to a shelter to give the owner a chance to find them!
Lose a Pet? Missing Mutt Detectives suggests the following tips:
Scroll to the bottom of this page for a comprehensive list of metro area shelters and facebook pages dedicated to lost and found pets.
Find a pet? Missing Mutt Detectives suggest the following tips:
Metro Area Animal Shelters
If you have lost a pet, do your due diligence and go IN-PERSON to every area animal shelter. Often times a pet might be picked up in one area, let’s say Brighton, and they could be taken all the way over to Foothills Animal Shelter. You should be checking every shelter, every day to optimize your chances of reuniting with your lost pet. Don’t forget to leave a flyer at each shelter you visit. ♥
Adams County Animal Services / Riverdale Animal Shelter – 12155 Park Blvd, Brighton, CO 80601 – 720-523-7387
Aurora Animal Shelter – 15750 E 32nd Ave, Aurora, CO 80011 – 303-326-8280 / Animal Control 303-326-8288, option 6.
Colorado Humane Society and ASPCA– 2080 S Quebec St, Denver, CO 80231 – 720-241-7111
Denver Animal Shelter – 1241 W. Bayaud Ave. Denver, CO 80223 – 3-1-1 or 720-913-1311 / Officer Dispatch – 720-913-2080
Denver Dumb Friends League – 2080 S. Quebec St. Denver, CO 80231 – 303-751-5772
Denver Dumb Friends League (Buddy Center) – 4556 Castleton Ct. Castle Rock, CO 80109 – 303-751-5772
Foothills Animal Shelter – 580 McIntyre St, Golden, CO 80401 – 303-278-7575
Humane Society of the Boulder Valley – 2323 55th St, Boulder, CO 80301 – 303-442-4030
Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region – 610 Abbot Ln, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 – 719-473-1741
Humane Society of the South Platte Valley– 2129 W Chenango Ave, Littleton, CO 80120 – 303-703-2938
Intermountain Humane Society – 67318 US Hwy 285, Pine, CO 80470 – 303-838-2668
Longmont Humane Society – 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501 – 303-772-1232
Facebook Groups Dedicated to Lost & Found Pets
If you aren’t on Facebook, get on Facebook! Social media is a POWERFUL tool when it comes to reuniting with lost pets. Create your lost pet flyer, and share it to ALL lost & found pet groups, and to any neighborhood groups near you. And then KEEP sharing it!
Colorado Lost & Found Pets – This should be your first stop!
Brighton (Colorado) Lost and Found Pets
Fremont County Colo Lost & Found Pets
Littleton Colorado Lost & Found Pets
LOST AND FOUND CATS OF COLORADO
Lost And Found Dogs of Colorado
Lost & Found Pets of Evergreen, Conifer, Morrison, Pine & Bailey
Lost & Found Pets/Fremont County/Colorado
Lost & Found pets of Loveland Colorado
LOST AND FOUND PETS OF MESA COUNTY & WESTERN COLORADO
Lost and Found Pets of Northern Colorado Wellington and Fort Collins
Tri-County Lost and Found Pets
Wheat Ridge Lost and Found Pets + Lakewood Arvada Golden Edgewater Lakeside