How do I find my lost pet?
Come to the shelter’s Lost and Found Center so you can:
- Look at photos of stray pets that are in the shelter.
- Check the Found reports filed by the public who have found a stray pet and are keeping it at home.
- File a Lost report so the public can contact you if they think they’ve found your pet.
From home you can:
- Check the shelter’s Lost Pet Hotline at (360) 352-2510. The hotline is a brief description of all the stray animals that have come into the shelter over the previous four days. It is updated every morning.
- Check Craig’s List for found reports and place a lost report.
- Call The Olympian at (360) 754-5454 to place an ad in the classifieds.
- Put up posters, including a photo, in the area where the pet was lost.
We recommend you check shelter listings at least every two days! By law, stray animals that are not claimed by their owners may be made available for adoption after being held in the shelter for 48 hours.
Also, please note that shelter staff are not able to check Lost and Found reports, or to identify animals over the phone. It is the owner’s responsibility to identify their own pet in person.
Lost Pet Hotline: (360) 352-2510, option 5
I found a pet…now what do I do?
If you have found a stray animal, he/she should be taken to the shelter closest to the location where the animal was found. This will increase the likelihood that the animal will be reunited with his/her family and safely returned home.
We provide service for Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and unincorporated Thurston County. If the pet was found somewhere else, please contact the animal shelter in the city/county it was found. If the animal is from our service area, you have several options:
If you wish to keep the pet while you are looking for the owner, please call the shelter at (360) 352-2510 to leave a Found Pet Report. Staff will ask you a few questions, such as the breed of the animal, when and where you found it, and your contact information. Please consider bringing the pet to the Shelter to be scanned for an identification microchip and to be photographed. You do not have to leave the pet when you do so.
- Check Craig’s List for lost reports and place a found report.
- Call The Olympian at (360) 754-5454 to run a free Found Pet ad.
- Place posters near the location you found the pet.
- Talk with your neighbors or people in the area you found the pet. They may have information about the pet’s home.
- If you do not wish to keep the pet, and the pet was found in our service area, you may bring it to our Shelter at 3120 Martin Way, Olympia. Directions and Hours
- If the pet was found outside our service area, please contact the shelter in the city/county it was found.
- Click here for a list of some nearby shelters.
- If you have found a dog or any injured animal, you may call us at (360) 352-2510 and ask that an Animal Control Officer pick it up.
I think my pet is at the shelter. What do I need to do?
Please call or come to the Shelter immediately–pets can be reclaimed even when we’re closed! By law, unclaimed pets may be made available for adoption 48 hours after arriving at the Shelter.
- We cannot identify pets over the phone, so it is important that you or a family member or friend come to the Shelter to see if your pet is here. Directions and Hours.
- While at the Shelter, you will also need to look at the Found Pet report that lists animals that people have found in the community but not brought to the shelter.
- If your pet is here, you can reclaim your pet by paying the appropriate reclaim, kenneling and license fees. When the shelter is closed, you may reclaim your pet by calling (360) 352-2510 and following the instructions for an animal emergency. See all reclaim hours here.