Lost and Found Support

Tornado150wide146highWhen a beloved pet becomes lost, a quick response and coordinated effort can be critical to reunite the pet with their owner.  Anyone who has lost or found a pet can call our 24 hour voicemail system at 517-552-8050 to leave a detailed message. Our staff checks the messages regularly, tracks the information in a database, and then tries to find a match to help reunite lost pets with their families.  The most important thing to do is report the information immediately!

IMPORTANT: Contact us immediately if you think your animal might be at our shelter.

We receive over 2,000 calls a year to assist with reuniting a lost or found pet with their owner. Here are several suggestions you can do to help:

If you find a stray pet without any identification tags, don’t keep feeding or housing the animal without first reporting the information!  Assume someone is looking for this pet!  If the animal appears friendly and approachable, you can try to confine the animal in a safe area temporarily.  While it may be tempting to keep the lost pet at your home, it is best to contact both the Humane Society of Livingston County and Livingston County Animal Control  immediately as it is likely the owner will be checking both local shelters to look for their pet. Most shelters and veterinary clinics can also scan the pet for a microchip to identify and contact the registered owner.

Be sure to have the following essential information ready to report a lost or found pet:

  •  An accurate, detailed description of the pet* (breed, gender, color, age, weight, etc.)
  •  A good photo (color, if possible)
  •  Last known location and date (include nearest cross streets)
  •  Your contact information (name, phone, email)
  •  Pet name and / or any ID (collar / microchip information)

*Accuracy in an animal report is critical. A wrong breed or wrong color can lead to a missed match. You may want to check with a local vet clinic or visit one of these sources for help.

Dog Breed List (Petfinder)

Cat Breed/Color List (MSPCA)

Local Animal Shelters

Visit nearby shelters at least every other day.  Check their hours of operation and policies – each shelter may have their own policy for the length of time they will keep stray animals. It is always best to visit in person, since the shelter workers may not be able to identify your pet based on a description over the phone and pets may have a different appearance especially after being lost outdoors for a period of time. Take copies of your flyer to post at the shelter, take time to talk to the staff, and ask to check their recent intake of animals.

The following are suggested places to report a lost or found pet in the Livingston County (Michigan) area. When you have reunited a lost or found pet with the owner, please update or remove postings.

The Humane Society of Livingston County

Call our 24 Hour Voicemail System: 517-552-8050

Visit our shelter at 2464 Dorr Road, Howell, Michigan.

Post on our Facebook page.


Livingston County Animal Control

Stray pets, if picked up by Animal Control are taken here.

Visit their shelter at 418 S. Highlander Way in Howell, Michigan.

Call their shelter at 517-546-2154.

Post and search on their Lost/Found web site.


For the Love of Louie

Michigan Lost Pet Lookers Community

Post on Facebook


Other Surrounding County Shelters and Animal Organizations:

Visit or call surrounding county shelters and animal organizations, particularly if you are near any county border.

           Adopt A Pet (810) 629-0723 (Fenton)
         Capital Area Humane Society (517) 626-6060 (Lansing)
         Furry Friends Rescue Inc. (248) 860-5688 (Brighton/South Lyon)
         Genesee County Animal Control (810) 732-1660
         Genesee County Humane Society (810) 744-0511
         Huron Valley Humane Society (734) 662-5585
         Ingham County Animal Control (517) 676-8370
         Last Chance Rescue (810) 220-9394
         Michigan Humane Society (313) 872-3400 )Detroit)
(734) 721-7300 (Westland)
(248) 852-7420 (Rochester Hills)
         Oakland County Animal Control (248) 391-4100
         Shiawassee County Animal Control (989) 743-2406 (Owosso)
         Shiawassee County Humane Society (989) 723-4262 (Owosso)
  • Post signs or flyers in the area where the pet was lost or found.  Be sure to include the pet’s name, age, size, breed, color, a photo, the area where the pet was last seen, and your contact information*.  If it is your pet, you may also want to include any tips regarding pet temperament, positive triggers, words or phrases that could be used to lure your pet. Adding a small reward can also be helpful.*


  • File a lost or found pet report with your local paper and check the FOUND reports in the paper daily. Many local newspapers will run these ads for free. Advertising in the paper can also be important to establish you were actively looking for your pet in case someone were to claim you meant to give it up or didn’t want it.

* For safety reasons, we suggest you do NOT include your address or full name in any public postings. Be very careful about scammers who claim to have your pet and ask for money to return it. Only meet people in public places, (at the police station is a good place,) never go alone, and never give anybody any money until you have your pet in your hands.


  • Check local gathering places like churches, meeting halls, libraries, and all local pet stores, veterinarians, pet groomers and boarding kennels to see if they have a bulletin board where you may post your flyer.


  • Leave water and something familiar (such as a blanket, bed or favorite toy, litter box, or favorite crate) outside on your porch or near your door. Animals may return on their own when no one is home, and having water and something familiar may encourage them to stay in the area. Leaving food out may not be the best idea. It may attract other animals which will frighten your pet.


  • Walk the neighborhood where the pet was last seen at least daily. For cats, especially check in the early morning and evening when they are most active. Talk to neighbors and anyone working in the area to let them know you have lost your pet or found one.  Place a note in your mailbox to let the mail carrier know you have lost or found a pet. Call your pet’s name. Be sure to stop often, be quiet, and listen!  Bring a flashlight for those dark places where an animal may hide. If it’s cold out, cats sometimes climb up into the engines of cars, which is very dangerous – be sure to bang on the car hood and check before starting up your car!


  •  SEARCH THOUROUGHLY – Your pet might be on your own property! Cats especially are good at hiding and will likely remain close by, but can get stuck in the most peculiar places. A lot of cats get trapped in garages, sheds, crawl spaces.   If they are frightened or injured they may not respond to the sound of your voice or even recognize you.  Also, don’t forget to check indoors – closets, drawers, cabinets… even in the dryer! And, be sure to look up – cats will climb into trees, roof tops, and rafters!


  • Set humane live traps where possible. Make sure you are using a properly operating trap large enough for the animal you hope to catch (obviously this is not the best option for large breed dogs). For cats, use things like tuna or smelly canned cat food as bait. Do not leave food out in hot or cold weather and be sure not to leave the trap unattended for very long – a trapped animal is very vulnerable to predators — check it at least every few hours. If you catch an animal other than your own, release it immediately.


  • Check with your local police department to make certain no dog or cat/car accident has been reported which injured your pet or to inquire if the owner of the pet you have found has contacted them or posted a notice at the station.


The links below have additional tips on where to search:

  •  The Missing Pet Partnership: Lots of species and behavior specific tips to finding lost pets.
  •  Lost Dog Search Tips: Lots of general tips on searching for your lost dog.
  •  Lost Cat Search Tips: Lots of general tips on searching for your lost cat. 
  • Proper identification like microchipping and collars with tags are the best and fastest way to ensure your pets find their way home! Be sure to update your microchip registry if you move or change phone numbers. Both cats and dogs should always wear collars with tags as an easy way for anyone to know that your pet has a loving home. Learn more about microchipping your pet>>



  •  If your animal escaped from your yard, check your fence thoroughly. Repair any holes and don’t forget to look up – did your pet find a way to climb over?