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UPDATE: Thanks to the overwhelming response to our Lost & Found, all posts older than 30 days will begin auto-delete. This is to make space for new listings and keep the page fresh and up-to-date. If your lost or found pet is still an open case, please re-list them.

More than 20 percent of the pets that come to the Maryland SPCA are lost.  The MD SPCA encourages pet owners to make sure their pets are microchipped and always wear up-to-date ID tags.

Public listings of Lost & Found pets (these pets are not in our shelter):

LOST (Missing) Pets Pets FOUND in the Community

We encourage reading all steps in our Lost & Found checklists before filling out forms.

If You Lost a Pet:

  • Check with people in your neighborhood. Talk to your neighbors, mail carriers and newspaper delivery people, anyone who spends time in your neighborhood who might have seen your pet.
  • Make a poster. Include a description and photo of your pet. Offer a reward. It doesn't have to be large, but any reward may motivate people to help the search. Decide what you think is a fair amount. Include your telephone number.
  • Put your poster up around town. Post it on street corners and in area shops. Many places like libraries and supermarkets have bulletin boards that you can post it on.
  • Complete a public Lost Pet Report on our website.
  •  Please note that we do not share our lost and found reports with other agencies. Contacting other shelters will increase your chances of finding your pet.
  • Call other local animal shelters to check if they have your animal. If not, ask if you can leave a description along with your telephone number in case your pet turns up there. Even better, go to the shelter and look for your pet.

See All Pets in Our Shelter Post Your Lost Pet in the Lost & Found

If You Found a Pet:

  • Use common sense when approaching any unknown animal. He may be hurt. He probably is hungry and frightened and may be unpredictable.
  • Be careful about bringing any unfamiliar pet into your home, especially if you already have animals.
  • Check the classified section for lost pets. Some newspapers accept lost and found pet ads for free.
  • If you can’t hold onto the animal while you search for its owner, call your local Animal Control agency or take the animal to the closest animal shelter.
  • If you can hold onto the animal while you search for its owner, please complete a Found Pet Report and submit it to us. Please note that we do not share our lost and found reports with other shelters or animal control facilities. Please also contact other area shelters to notify them that you have found an animal.
  • Take the animal to a veterinarian or animal shelter to scan for a microchip that contains information that will link the pet to the owner.
  • Check the animal's underside for a tattoo. The Maryland SPCA tattoos all pets in our adoption center with a number and keeps a registry linking the number to the pet's owner.

Check Out Posts for Missing Pets Post the Found Pet to our Lost & Found

For all Lost and Found questions, please email lostandfound@mdspca.org.

For more information on what to do if you find a pet, read our helpful Lost & Found Tips for Returning Pets to Their Owners.