Kingston Community Lost and Found Pets was initially developed in an effort to improve current lost and found services available to members of the public. We have helped reunite thousands of pets (even some farm animals!) with their owners’. Two volunteers run our page, but the community helps support this busy page by sharing posts, offering advice and assisting those who have come across an animal. Individuals can post directly on our page and we will share the information or we post on behalf of those on Kijiji. For those on Kijiji we send an email to the person who placed the ad and provide tips and tricks to help reunite the pet and owner.
Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe
Over the years, we’ve learned some helpful tips to avoid your pet becoming lost and/or if lost, strategies to help bring your pet home as soon as possible:
- Be sure your pet is wearing a collar with a tag that has up-to-date contact information. Cats should wear a break away collar to avoid injury if the collar snags.
- Microchip your pet and be sure the microchip registration information is up-to-date. We host low-cost microchip clinics throughout the year, be sure to check out our Microchip Clinic page for upcoming clinic dates.
- Check your gates before letting your dog outside, especially after inclement weather.
Lost a Pet?
Have you lost your pet? Act quickly and get the word out! Here’s some suggestions to help bring your pet home:
- Post an ad in our visitor section on our Facebook page (our volunteers will share it as soon as possible) or send us a message privately; be sure to include a photo, last known location, and contact information (phone number is best).
- Share your post on social media (try to share the same post, so once your pet is found you can edit the original) and Kijiji, Craigslist, etc.
- Report your pet as lost at the Humane Society. We recommend you physically go into the shelter to file the report, and check back every few days; they’ll let you see the incoming animals, every pet is unique and a description is subjective. Don’t rely on others, see the incoming animals at the shelter because you know your pet best!
- Search the area your pet was last seen; go door to door, post flyers or distribute them into mailboxes.
- Lost cats are often found close to home (within a few block radius), but are displaced. You can try putting the cat’s litter box outside to attract him/her home. You can also search the area in the evening with a flashlight checking under decks, sheds, etc (be sure to check with your neighbours first!).
- Lost dogs can sometimes travel large distances, if spooked. All lost dogs react differently, a typically friendly dog can be fearful and not responsive to it’s name if lost and on the run. Never chase a lost dog! It can scare the dog and make it more challenging to bring home. Check out the video below on a strategy that has been used successfully to bring in lost dogs:
- If your pet is microchipped, be sure your contact information is up-to-date and report your pet as lost to the company. Not sure what company your microchip is from? Enter in your microchip number on the Microchip Search page to learn the microchip company.
- Inform your veterinarian that your pet is missing. You can also phone other local vet clinics of the same to spread the awareness.
Found a Pet?
Have you found a pet? There are lots of ways to help this pet make it back home:
- Post an ad in our visitor section on our Facebook page (our volunteers will share it as soon as possible) or send us a message privately; be sure to include a photo,found location, and contact information (phone number is best).
- Share your post on social media (try to share the same post, so once the owner is found you can edit the original) and Kijiji, Craigslist, etc.
- Bring the pet into any local vet clinic to be scanned for a microchip (free to do).
- If you are holding on to the pet until the owner is found, report the pet as found at the Humane Society and provide contact information. The Humane Society is an obvious first location for owner’s looking for their pet.
- If you can’t hold on to the pet, you can bring the pet to the Humane Society where it will be scanned for a microchip and safe off the streets. You can ask for the intake number so you can find out if the pet has made it home or alternatively put up for adoption if no owner is found (as per standard holding period for the Humane Society in which the pet is brought to).
- Found a dog? If you are comfortable doing so, you can walk the dog in the neighbourhood to see if an owner is out searching.
Kingston Animal Control Contact: 613-546-4291 ext. 3135 (regular hours) ext. 3117 (after hours)
Kingston Humane Society: 613-546-1291
Found sick, injured wildlife? Contact Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre: 613-354-0264 (located in Napanee, ON and volunteer run)