Lost Pet

Losing a pet can be a scary experience.  There is no time to lose when trying to find your pet.  The links below can help you get a head start on finding your lost family member!

Call the SPCA in your area to file a Lost Pet Report

Different SPCAs in different counties (Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, Berks, Chester, Philadelphia Counties) are not linked.  You can’t be sure where the finder of your pet lives so they might take your pet to any of these shelters. This is why it is very important to get a lost pet report filed with each shelter.

Montgomery County SPCA – three branches

Montgomery County SPCA maintains a list of reports of lost and found pets for a period of at least 30 days from receipt. Calling one facility files the report at all three locations. You may call any of the three locations to update a previously filed report.  This will keep the report active for an additional 30 days. New lost and found reports are routinely checked against the existing reports and animals in the shelter. However, nothing surpasses an owner physically checking the local shelter. No employee of the SPCA is going to recognize a pet as quickly as an owner will.  Montgomery County SPCA’s three facilities are open 7 days a week for anyone to view the animals.

  • Abington – 1006 Edge Hill Road, Abington, PA 19001 215-886-8802
  • Perkiomenville – 1059 Sweisford Road, Perkiomenville, PA 18074 610-754-7822
  • Conshohocken – 19 E. Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, PA 19428 610-825-0111

Brandywine Valley SPCA (formerly Chester County SPCA)
1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester PA 19380  484-302-0865

To file a Lost and Found Report, click here

ACCT Philly
111 W. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19140 215-385-3800

  • To file a lost report, click here
  • Lost and Found Visiting Hours at ACCT Philly
    Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm
    Sat, Sun & Holidays: 8am – 6pm

Make Contact

  • Contact your local police department. Sometimes the police will bring lost pets to veterinary hospitals to be scanned for a microchip.  If no chip is found, they sometimes hold the pet for a day or two before taking them to the nearest shelter.
  • Contact your Veterinarian.
  • Place a “lost pet” ad in your neighborhood newspaper.

Leave a Pet Item Outside

If your pet went missing from your home, leave an item with your pet’s scent on it outside of your home (pet’s bed, used litter box).  Your pet may be able to detect these scents and find their way back home.

Go to your local shelters and walk through the kennels

Just because you have filed a lost report does not mean that your pet might not already be in the shelter system.  It is important to walk through the kennels.  Intake, especially during the summer months, is very high and by the time a lost report is taken to the shelter floor, your pet may already be gone.

Be vigilant.  Visit shelters as often as possible.  Just because your pet is not there today doesn’t mean that he might not be there tomorrow.  And don’t lose hope… some pets return home months or years after they go missing.

Use Social Media

Add your pet’s information (name, age, where and when they went missing, your contact information) along with a photo to the following Facebook Lost Pages:

Post Fliers

Include your pet’s picture/name/age, where/when they went missing, and your contact information around the area where he/she was last seen and around your neighborhood.  Tell your mail carrier, your neighbors and your friends/family that your pet is lost.


Check websites such as Craig’s ListPetfinder and neighborhood Facebook groups to look for and post information about your lost pet.

You can enter your pet’s information at The Center for Lost Pets, which was started by a team of dedicated specialists to create one central location where people who have lost and found pets can connect.