More than 20 percent of the pets that come to the SPCA are lost. Be sure that your pet wears some sort of identification at all times. Refer to our pet licensing section for information on how to get an identification tag for your pet.
The Lost and Found program, provided through the Maryland SPCA, allows our staff to make matches between local missing and found pets and their owners. On this page you fill find resources and forms for helping these pets make their way home. All information provided is currently being used solely by the Maryland SPCA staff to make matches. Photos uploaded into forms will not be posted publicly or shared with third party sites.
We encourage reading all steps in our Lost and Found checklists before filling out forms.
If You Lost a Pet:
Check with people in your neighborhood. Talk to your neighbors, mail carriers and newspaper delivery people, anyone who spends time in your neighborhood who might have seen your pet.
Make a poster. Include a description and photo of your pet. Offer a reward. It doesn't have to be large, but any reward may motivate people to help the search. Decide what you think is a fair amount. Include your telephone number.
Put your poster up around town. Post it on street corners and in area shops. Many places like libraries and supermarkets have bulletin boards that you can post it on.
Complete a Lost Dog Report or Lost Cat Report and submit it to us. You can also come into our adoption center to fill one out. We review all reports and see if they match any found animals that come into our facility. Reports are kept on hand for 30 days. Please note that we do not share our lost and found reports with other agencies. Contacting other shelters will increase your chances of finding your pet.
Call other local animal shelters to check if they have your animal. If not, ask if you can leave a description along with your telephone number in case your pet turns up there. Even better, go to the shelter and look for your pet.
Use common sense when approaching any unknown animal. He may be hurt. He probably is hungry and frightened and may be unpredictable.
Be careful about bringing any unfamiliar pet into your home, especially if you already have animals.
Check the classified section for lost pets. Some newspapers accept lost and found pet ads for free.
If you can’t hold onto the animal while you search for its owner, call your local Animal Control agency or take the animal to the closest animal shelter.
If you can hold onto the animal while you search for its owner, please complete a Found Pet Report and submit it to us. Please note that we do not share our lost and found reports with other shelters or animal control facilities. Please also contact other area shelters to notify them that you have found an animal.
Take the animal to a veterinarian or animal shelter to scan for a microchip that contains information that will link the pet to the owner.
Check the animal's underside for a tattoo. The Maryland SPCA tattoos all pets in our adoption center with a number and keeps a registry linking the number to the pet's owner.