Help Them Find Their Way Home
1) Fill out a Found Report with the MSPCA Boston.
This information will help us match up the animal with any lost reports we may have received from owners looking for their missing pets.
Found Cat Found Dog Found Other Animal
2) Contact all surrounding city and town animal control offices to fill out a found pet report. * This is essential if you have found a lost dog.
Boston Animal Control can be reached at 617-635-5348. In Massachusetts, animal control is handled individually by each of the 351 municipalities and towns. Owners looking for their pets may only contact the city/town where their pet was initially lost. It is important as the finder of the pet to let all surrounding animal control facilities as well as surrounding private animal shelters like the MSPCA know you have found an animal in case the owner has been in contact with that facility. Please call your town hall to find the animal control officer in your town. If the animal was found in the Boston, Dedham or Cape Cod area, we strongly recommend calling the Animal Rescue League of Boston at 617-426-9170.
3) Post flyers in your neighborhood.
Click here for a template found pet flyer, including a color photo is ideal. The bigger the poster/flyer size the better and make sure to post flyers at eye level.
4) Tell your neighbors and mail carrier
Make sure you give them a copy of the found pet flyers you made.
5) Bring the animal to a Veterinary Clinic or Animal Shelter and ask them to scan the pet for a microchip
This service is offered free of charge at most animal control, shelter, and veterinary clinics.
6) Adoption – Keeping the animal as your own
Once you have reported the found animal to animal control and sheltering facilities in your area, posted flyers, spoke with neighbors and scanned the animal for a microchip if no owner comes forward after a few weeks, and you are interested in adopting the animal you have found, please feel free to contact us if you need financial support to have the animal spayed or neutered and receive its vaccines – visit www.mspca.org/snap to learn more about our low cost spay neuter programs.
If you are not able to hold onto the animal until an owner can be found
If you have found a lost dog, please contact your local animal control office. The Animal Control Officer can let you know where they are located or may be able to come and pick up the dog. If you bring the dog to the MSPCA, we are required to transfer the dog to the animal control facility of the city or town where the dog was found. Bringing the dog to your animal control officer will help them gather all the information they need from you directly and avoid a second trip in the car for the dog.
If you have found a lost cat or other type of pet, please call the MSPCA adoption center closest to you to schedule a time to bring the stray cat or small animal to the adoption center.