I've Found a Pet. What Should I Do?
Thank you for your help in attempting to reunite a lost pet with their family! If you find a lost pet, you may:
1. Bring the animal to the shelter.
HSPPR does its best to match lost reports with animals coming into the shelter. Stray animals are held for 5 days before HSPPR takes ownership. On day 6, the animals may be made available for adoption. In some cases, seriously ill animals or animals with severe behavior problems may need to be humanely euthanized. Interested in adopting the pet you found if the owner doesn't come forward? Find out about our Choice Hold Program.
2. Call us to pick up the animal.
Due to local ordinances, we are unable to pick up stray cats and cannot pick up stray dogs outside of the city limits of Colorado Springs, Fountain or Monument. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Call (719) 473-1741 and we can dispatch an Animal Law Enforcement officer to your address. Please note wait times may vary depending on the current number of cases officers are responding to.
3. Temporarily care for the pet in your home.
Please be sure to file a Found Pet Report immediately, which remains active for 5 days. If the animal is wearing a license or rabies tag, we may be able to trace the owner. Call (719) 302-8723 to speak with a customer service representative. In addition to completing the found report, we suggest you also check with neighbors and area veterinarians, hang signs in the neighborhood, place ads in local papers and post notices on social media sites such as Craigslist. There may be additional Lost of Found reports at the Humane Society and not yet published online. Please be sure to come in to review all reports in our Lost and Found area.
4. If you find wildlife:
HSPPR is not licensed to accept wildlife. If you find orphaned or injured wildlife, including deer, birds, rabbits, turtles or tarantulas, please contact the Division of Wildlife at 719.227.5200.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Colorado Reptile Humane Society