Lost and Found Pets

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Lost Pets

Clark County contracts with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW) for animal shelter services. Please review the information below. If you have any questions, email animal@clark.wa.gov or call 564.397.2488.

If you lost a pet...

Visit HSSW’s Stray and Lost Pets Page to view lost pets currently in their care. 

More strategies to help locate a lost pet:
  • Notify your neighbors that your pet is missing – ask them to check their garage, shed, under their porch, etc.
  • Utilize local social media. Lost and found Facebook groups, Craigslist, and the NextDoor app are excellent ways to help spread the word. Active Facebook groups in our community include: SW Washington Lost & Found Pets and Lost & Found Pets of Vancouver, WA among others. 
  • Register with Finding Rover. Go to findingrover.com and click ‘I Lost a Pet’, upload your pet’s picture, and Finding Rover will search found reports which will include animals in our care.
  • Download a Lost Pet Poster to post around your neighborhood. Please be as detailed and descriptive as possible and include a photo of your pet.
  • Notify veterinary offices in your area. Ask them if they receive lost/stray pets in their clinic.
  • Make sure your contact information on your pet’s microchip is current. Adding a secondary contact and email address can help ensure you are reached when your pet is located.
  • Don’t give up! It can sometimes take a few weeks or months to locate a missing pet. It is important that you let HSSW and us know that your pet is still missing and that you are actively looking for him/her.

Found Pets

Pets found in our community usually have a worried family looking for them! If you find a pet in your neighborhood, it's your responsibility to notify Animal Control and the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW) so we can help locate its family.  

If you found a pet...

You may have just saved a life. Thank you! It's important to report found pets immediately. Not only is their family worried about them, they could be dependent on medication, special food, or other treatments. Timely reporting is essential. 

Additional steps to take:
  • Email receiving@southwesthumane.org with questions or bring the animal to the shelter during regular business hours. Please note: you must make an appointment by calling 360.213.2621.
  • Complete a Found Pet Report so shelter staff can keep the details on file. Doing so will help provide information to families calling in to search for their lost pet. You may choose to keep the animal at your home while still looking for the owner, but you are expected to report the pet as lost.
  • Utilize local social media. Lost and found Facebook groups, Craigslist, and the NextDoor app are excellent ways to help spread the word. 
  • Have the animal scanned for a microchip. You can do this at HSSW or your local vet. If a microchip is found, the owner can be contacted immediately. 
  • Notify your neighbors. They may have information that can help. 
  • Post a Found Pet Poster in the area where you found the animal.

If you are not able to safely hold onto the pet or transport the pet to HSSW, contact Animal Control for assistance at 564.397.2488 or animal@clark.wa.gov. For help outside of our normal business hours, local community groups such as I Paw’d It Forward (toll free 833.360.PAWD) may be able to assist.