- Complete an online lost report immediately. The report remains active for 45 days, however completing a lost report every 10 days while your pet is missing will help maximize your exposure. If your pet isn't found within 45 days, please be sure to file another report.
- Come to the shelter to look through our kennels each day your pet is missing. HSPPR does its best to match lost reports with animals coming into the shelter. However, we receive over 50 animals each day and it is you, the owner, who knows your animal best and can identify them the quickest. Check in with our lost and found team when you arrive at the shelter so they can assist you with your search.
- Review our online listing of stray animals daily. You can view animals currently at the shelter using the links above, as well as found reports from people keeping found animals in their home here. We do our best to ensure our lost pet listings are up-to-date. However, pet owners are still highly encouraged to come look through the kennels at the shelter in person at least every three days - you should not rely solely on the online lost report.
Unfortunately, some pets that come to us are deceased. This includes pets hit by a car or attacked by a wild animal. In order to help provide closure for pet owners searching for their missing pet, we make a listing of deceased pets received at our facility available here. Please know this is not necessarily a comprehensive list. This list only includes deceased pets that end up at an HSPPR facility. This list is typically updated daily, Monday – Friday.
- If your pet is microchipped, make sure your contact information is up-to-date with the microchip registry. Many people change their phone number or move and forget to update their pet's microchip information.
Time is critical when your pet goes missing. It is imperative you begin a search immediately and check back frequently. There are also many online options for lost and found help, including the local Colorado Springs Lost Pet Alert Facebook page, Nextdoor, and Craigslist.
By law, stray dogs are held a minimum of 5 days and cats a minimum of 3 days (5 days in Pueblo County) before we can make an animal available for adoption. Our lost and found team uses this time to try to locate the lost pet’s owner. After the stray wait period has passed, these animals may be made available for adoption. We evaluate each and every animal on a case-by-case basis. There’s never a time limit on how long we’ll care for an animal before he’s adopted. We may also work with other shelters/rescues that have the appropriate medical and behavior resources to assist the specific needs of the individual animal. In some cases, seriously ill animals or animals with severe behavior problems may be humanely euthanized. Our main concerns are the health and well-being of every animal in our care and the safety of the community.