Lost & Found Pets

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View Stray/Found Animals

All animals currently in our facility may not be listed (i.e. quarantined, evidence/investigation hold, or cautionary animals are not listed) . Also the pictures and descriptions may not accurately depict your missing pet. If you believe your pet is in our care please call 510-790-6630 or e-mail animalservices@fremont.gov to make arrangements so you can redeem your pet.

Lost Pets

  • Visit and revisit our Found Pets Page 
  • Complete the Lost Pet Report, make sure you include a picture!!  After you file a Lost Pet Report, staff will check lost pet reports for any possible matches and call if there is a match. Please be advised the information you provide in this report is open to the public on the lost pets page.
  • Create a lost pet report including photos. Distribute to neighbors, veterinarians, shelters, and pet groomers
  • Check a large radius of shelters, your pet may have traveled or been relocated by a well-meaning citizen. Your pet should be turned into the city where it was found, not the city where  you live or where your pet is microchipped.
  • Visit shelters in person frequently (2-3 times per week). Holding periods for found animals can vary between 3-10 days. Be sure to call before showing up so you arrive during open hours – each shelter operates independently and hours vary.
  • Visit  Mission Reunite and Helping Lost Pets for more tools
  • Walk around your neighborhood and call the pet’s name. Frequently, well-meaning citizens are walking with a pet looking for the owner

SPREAD THE WORD!

  • Create posters/flyers and put them around the area where your pet was lost as well as where you live
  • Use PawBoost to get the word out in the community!
  • Contact your pet’s microchip company 
  • If you don’t know your pet’s microchip number your pet’s veterinarian should have it on file
  • Talk to neighbors, go door-to-door and post flyers at local shops
  • Post on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, Craigslist, Instagram, Pawboost, Finding Rover  
  • Check websites such as PetFinder, PetHarbor, Petango and Craigslist. Finding Rover uses facial recognition technology and searches found pet postings from participating shelters throughout the country to help locate missing pets.
  • If you are offering a reward - When describing your pet, it is suggested that you leave out one identifying characteristic so people need to prove they actually have your animal. There is a safe exchange zone in front of the Fremont Police Department, let someone know where you are and what you are doing.
  • Call local veterinary offices in case your pet may have been injured and brought in for care
  • Stray animals without identification are held for 4 shelter business days and animals with a license are held a minimum of 10 calendar days.
  • To reclaim your pet, you must have personal identification, your pet’s records (license, rabies certificate), a photograph of your pet, and be at least 18 years old.
  • Fees for service will be charged to claim your pet.

DON’T GIVE UP!

  • Animals can wander and survive for weeks before being helped by a human.

Found Pets

  • If you have found a stray but wish to hold onto the animal, Fremont City Ordinance requires that the finder notify the animal shelter within eight hours. Notify us that you have found a stray animal by completing a Found Pet Report. Please note this report is not a request for service, and if the animal is brought to the shelter, notify staff you filed a Found Pet Report to avoid creating a duplicate record of the animal.
  • Walk the pet around your neighborhood, most owners are frantically looking for their pet.
  • Have it scanned for a microchip at a veterinarian or animal shelter. If the veterinarian finds a microchip, call the shelter with the full microchip number and have them research the microchip. Shelter staff has the ability to get full owner information, a veterinarian’s information is limited.
  • If you have found a stray animal but wish to hold onto the animal, Fremont City Ordinance requires that the finder notify the animal shelter within eight hours
  • Bring the animal to the Shelter during open hours or call (510) 790-6635 to request it be picked up by Animal Services
  • Domestic animals are property and accidents happen, please do not judge the pet’s owners, there are so many scenarios about pets getting lost. Their owner is most likely despondent.
  • If you have kept the found animal for approximately 30 days, it is now considered your property and you are responsible for licensing and caring for it
  • There is no after-hours drop box available at the shelter

IF THE ANIMAL IS INJURED

  • Immediately take the animal to a local emergency clinic

 POST FLYERS / USE THE INTERNET

  • Post on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, Craigslist, Instagram, Pawboost, Finding Rover  
  • Create a found pet flyer including photos. Distribute to neighbors, veterinarians, shelters, and pet groomers