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Pictures of most animals entering our shelters can be found at one of the PetHarbor@ links above the day after arrival. Do not rely on this website; you must check the shelters personally.

Losing a pet can be very upsetting and stressful for you and your pet.  Here are some tips on what you can do to get your pet home safely as soon as possible!


 If your pet is wearing I.D. with your phone number, make sure your answering machine or cell phone is on and working in case someone found your pet and is trying to reach you.  Modify your message to include a statement about the loss of your pet and an alternate way to contact you, such as a work number.

Search the neighborhood surrounding your home as your pet may not have traveled very far.  Ask your neighbors (especially children who often notice stray animals when they're out playing) if they have seen an animal matching your pet's description.  It is always helpful to have a picture of your animal with you as others may not be familiar with your animal's breed or may have described it differently than you.

Come into the closest Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter as soon as possible.  Our Animal Service Officers pick up many lost pets every day and they may have already picked up yours. 

Santa Barbara Shelter – 5473 Overpass Road
Hours: M-F: 9am to 4:45pm
Closed for lunch 12:30 – 1:30pm 
Phone: (805) 681-5285

Lompoc Shelter – 1501 W. Central Avenue           
Hours: M-F: 9am to 4:45pm
Closed for lunch 12:30 – 1:30pm
Phone: (805) 737-7755

Santa Maria Animal Center – 548 W. Foster Road
Hours: M-F: 9am to 4:45pm
Phone: (805) 934-6119

When you come to our facility you should look through our kennels and cages.  If you did not find your pet, fill out a lost report.  We also maintain a list of found and deceased animals.  Check these listings as well.

Check the shelter every 2-3 days.  Animals are held for 5 days before they are assessed for adopt-ability and made available for adoption.  A telephone call is not enough as we may describe the pet differently than you do.

Make "Lost Pet" signs and post them around your neighborhood and on bulletin boards in local veterinary clinics, pet stores, grocery stores, etc.  Include your pet's name, description and photograph.  Make tabs at the bottom of your sign with your name and number in between dotted lines.  Cut the dotted lines so that if someone has seen your pet, he or she can easily tear it off and take it with them.  Click here to download a Lost Poster you are welcome to use.

Advertise in local newspapers.  Some even offer free lost pet advertisements.  Check the "Found Pet" column in your local newspaper daily.

Have specific questions to ask callers claiming to have your pet.  Ask about specific physical traits that will specifically identify that it is your pet.  Never put these peculiar features on your sign, as unfortunately there are unscrupulous people who may try to extort reward money.

Don't give up hope!!  Some pets go missing for weeks, sometimes even months, before they are found by their owners or guardians.  When you do find your pet, please remember to collect the signs you posted and inform the local shelter where you made the lost report.

Pets should wear their license and identification at all times.  An identification tag or license is frequently your pet's ticket home.  Once you have retrieved your pet, be sure to keep the tag on the animal at all times.