Check other Critter Postings
Make a great flyer for a LOST or FOUND Pet
Click here and BestFriends.com has a form to do it for you
Just fill out the form then hit the "Create Flyer" button to view a printable page. You can also save the page to your hard drive for future use.
Go to our Lost Pet Form
Go to Montanapets.org
If your Pet is Lost
Call your local shelters and report your pet missing. Do not wait a few days and see if the pet shows up first. After a few days animals brought in as strays may be placed up for adoption or euthanized (if deemed unadoptable based on health and/or behavior.) Adoptions are final. New adoptees of unclaimed strays will not be contacted to return a pet if the original owner shows up. As a general rule, once your pet has been missing overnight please call the shelter as soon as possible.
- Post your pet on MTCAN.org - Fill out a Lost Pet Report
- Visit local shelters and look at all the animals. It is not possible in many cases to confirm a pet's identity over the phone because no two people describe an animal the same way. Be sure to tell a staff member the purpose of your visit since sick or injured animals may be at a vet clinic or in a different room not visible to the general public. Dogs may also be in an outside kennels or being walked. If your pet is not there, make sure you fill out a lost pet report if the shelter takes them and you have not already done so. After your initial visit, we recommend shelter visits 2 to 3 times a week in order to view all strays received. Most pets are found within the first week but reunions may occur at any time. Be patient. Don't give up!
- Check the Montanapets.org website to see the animals currently in Montana shelters. Your pet just may be posted there as being available for adoption.
- Call your local newspapers to run free ads. Check the lost and found column in these newspapers every day for a list of all new strays that have been reported.
- If you live within the City of Hamilton, call the Police Department at 363-2100 to report your pet as missing. The police are often called out to pick up 'dogs at large' and bring them to the Shelter.
- Posting pictures of your pet wherever possible - at the supermarkets, gas stations, on telephone poles closest to the location the animal was lost are quite successful.