Is Your Pet Missing?

Lost Pet

While it is always best to CALL the shelter directly (715-537-9063) and then stop in the shelter and look for yourself as soon as you can, if it’s not during business hours, please submit your missing pet information here. Also, please check our Petfinder list of animals that came in as strays (posted below) to see if we have something that sounds like it could be your missing friend.

Useful Tips for Finding Your Pet
Strays At Our Shelter
Submit a Lost Pet Report

A large portion of the animals that we have at the shelter come to us as strays. Sometimes a dog or cat (cats especially) will hang around someone’s house for days before the homeowner calls to report the animal or rings the animal to the shelter. This is why it is very important that you keep checking – while we may not receive your pet at our shelter the day it goes missing, he or she could very well end up with us a week or two after. Often times, people assume that the cat or dog just “felt like wandering” and will come back in a few days, but more often than not, due to traffic, the weather, or a variety of reasons, the cat or dog never make it home. We do our best to reunite all pets with their owners, but PLEASE be proactive about keeping your pet safe – a roaming pet is heartache waiting to happen. In keeping compliance with Wisconsin State Law, as well as Barron County ordinances, your dog is required to have a current rabies shot and a license, both of which can serve as ID in the event that your pet gets lost. A pet ID tag can also be purchased with your info on it for less than $8 and can be a lifesaver when your pet goes missing.

Strays in Our Shelter

These are the animals we currently have at our shelter who are hoping their owners come back and find them. All stray animals are kept for seven days in accordance with state law and after that seven day period, they can be adopted out, transferred to another shelter, or euthanized. If your pet is missing, please keep checking our stray list!

Submit a Lost Pet Report

In order for us to assist you in finding your missing pet, it’s important that we have all the information you can give us.

What Else You Should Do

  • Search your neighborhood, going door to door – sadly, roaming pets are so common these days that often times, people think nothing of a dog or cat wandering around town and without you telling them, will have no idea that you’re desperately searching for the dog they just shooed out of their backyard. Be aware that most missing cats are found within a few hundred feet of home. They are good at hiding and while you may be out searching several blocks away, your scared cat may be firmly planted under your rosebushes.
  • Call your local vets’ offices. Often times, especially when injured, wandering animals are taken to the nearest vet.
  • Call your local police station – they keep a record of all calls and usually have officers driving around the area anyway.
  • Keep access to your yard open – if your dog escaped from the fenced in yard, leaving the fence open to give them access back in often helps.
  • Post posters in public areas. An ad on the radio and in the paper garner lots of attention also.
  • It’s always best to follow up on every lead with your own eyes – your “black calico cat” may be someone else’s version of a tortie cat and seeing the pet in question would prevent any misunderstandings of the wide variety of labels people use. This is even true when calling your vet’s office and animal shelter!!
  • These are just a few ideas. Many more can be found on other sites such as PetRescue.com