Lost Your Animal?
When a beloved companion animal strays from home it can be a traumatic experience for both you and your missing friend. Each day, Kauai Humane Society receives many lost cats, dogs, and other animals, and we try our best to match them with reports of animals who are missing. We want to reunite as many strays as possible with their guardians.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE LARGE VOLUME OF ANIMALS THAT KAUAI HUMANE SOCIETY RECEIVES EACH DAY, WE CANNOT IDENTIFY LOST PETS OVER THE PHONE OR VIA EMAIL COMMUNICATION.
YOU MUST VISIT OUR SHELTER AND LOOK FOR YOUR LOST PET.
Tips for finding your lost animal:
- Come to KHS immediately to look for your animal. Complete a lost report and attach a current color photo of your pet, noting any distinctive markings, collars and tags.
- You are the only person who may identify your animal.
- It is critical that you come by KHS at least every other day. We hold uninjured stray animals for a minimum of two days and a maximum of ten days. After that time, they may be adopted to a new home or euthanized.
- If you have your pet’s microchip number, contact us to ensure the correct phone numbers and address are associated with the microchip. Make sure current information is on file for license tags.
- Post flyers with your animal’s photo, description, and all phone numbers where you can be reached. Consider offering a reward as an incentive for people to look for your pet. It’s not important to cite an amount; give what you feel is fair.
- Post flyers in supermarkets, schools, vet clinics, and local stores. If permitted, tack them up on street corners and public bulletin boards. Leave them with your neighbors. If you live in an apartment complex, post them by mailboxes.
- Post an ad for free on Craigslist with recent photos. Repost the ad often.
- Inform your mail carrier, neighborhood children, and newspaper carriers of your lost pet. Go door-to-door soliciting help and asking about your animal.
- Contact local veterinarians and leave information about your pet.
- Enlist the help of family and friends. Look in parks, playgrounds, school, and homes where other pets live. Early morning hours and sunset are prime times for finding lost animals. After dark is an especially good time for looking for cats. If you’ve recently moved, conduct a search in your old neighborhood.
- Check the “found animals” ads in the newspaper. Check the “lost/found” section of Craigslist. Ask local radio stations if they air lost animal announcements.
- Make sure current information is on file for license tags.
- Don’t give up hope! It’s not uncommon for people to be reunited with their pets weeks or even months after they are lost.
Additional tips for finding a missing cat:
- Place an item that will smell familiar to your cat (favorite toy, food bowl, bedding, unwashed article of your clothing) in a cardboard box. Place the box in an out of the way spot in your yard. Check it regularly, especially during the early morning hours.
- Thoroughly search your basement, attic, garage, and shed and any other places a cat could hide. If you live in an apartment, check stairwells, hallways, and vacant apartments.
- Most cats don’t leave their immediate area. Talk to your neighbors, as well as building staff of apartments. Ask them to check their attics and garages.
- The best time to search for your cat is late at night when everything is quiet. Walk through alleys and streets calling your cat’s name allowing enough time for him/her to recognize and respond to your voice. Chances are he/she will respond with a cry, rather than coming out to look for you. Pay particular attention under and around cars and near garbage cans.
- If your cat comes running when you use the can opener at feeding time, try taping the sounds and playing it when you are out looking for him/her. You might also try shaking a can or box of his/her favorite treats.
Reunited…and it feels so good
Each year in the US, millions of companion animals enter shelters as strays. There are many ways to prevent your pet from disappearing. These tips can help you beat the odds:
- Be a responsible pet guardian. Keep your pet safely confined or closely supervised at all times.
- Identification is a lost animal’s ticket home. Always keep a collar and ID tag on your dog or cat. Consider having your animal microchipped, a permanent means of identification. Stop by KHS to have your pet microchipped for just $10. Also, get your pet licensed at KHS and place the tag on their collar.
- Spay or neuter your animal. The most effective way to prevent your pet from disappearing is to have them spayed or neutered. This will curb their desire to roam.
- Safe travel. If you must travel with your dog, cat or other animal, use a leash or carrier to keep them safe.
- An accurate description of your animal is vital. Keep a record of your animal’s size, with any distinguishing characteristics, along with a current photograph.
Found an Animal?
If you have found an animal and you can safely handle them, please check for identification and try to find the owner. Identification may be in the form of a tag on the animal or a microchip. We can help you scan for a microchip at our shelter or you can visit any of the local vet clinics on the island to ask them to scan the pet.
If the animal has no identification, please bring them to our shelter in Puhi or, in the case of stray dogs, call our animal control department at (808) 632-0610, extension 105, and we will come to pick them up.
If you choose to keep the animal and look for the owner, please keep in mind that there may be a worried owner out there. Be sure to call KHS or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and file a found animal report. Speak to neighbors or post flyers indicating you have found a pet. You should also post on social media or Craigslist to try to find the owner. Before returning the animal, please be sure the owner can show some proof of ownership — like a photo or vet records!
If you cannot safely handle the animal, please phone KHS for assistance (808) 632-0610, extension 105.