Lost and Found
One in three pets will go missing in its lifetime; and whether you have lost or found a pet the Humane Society of Western Montana is here to help.
What to do if you have lost a pet
Check HSWM’s found pets page
Or better yet, visit area shelters – no one knows and can identify your pet as well as you can.
- If you see your pet call or visit asap! Found pets are held for four business days before being made available for adoption
- If you think your pet may be at HSWM be sure to email or bring in a photo
Submit a Missing Pet Report
Get the word out
Anywhere and everywhere – alert your neighbors, post flyers around your neighborhood, post on social media platforms, inform all area animal shelters, contact radio stations.
- Petco Love Lost – facial recognition and shareable templates
- Pawboost – creates local lost & found pet alerts
- Facebook – find local animal groups, rescues and pages to share to
- Craigslist – sharing a lost post to Craigslist allows your to reach a broader audience
Contact your microchip company
If microchipped, contact your microchip company to report your pet as missing and make sure they have your current phone number.
What to do if you have found a pet
Found animals often have a family and are usually within a mile of their home. While it may seem counterintuitive, bringing a lost pet – especially healthy cats – decreases their chance of being found by their owner. If you find a lost pet, please take the following steps:
If able, hold onto the pet and
- Search and share online
- Create and post flyers in the area the pet was found
- Ask your neighbors if they recognize the pet or know the owner
When to bring to an animal care center, and where?
Found Cat – Unless injured or ill, most cats are not in need of intervention and should be left where they are, but you can still help him or her find their way home by checking for an ID tag, taking a photo and posting on social media sites and lost/found pet engines.