Lost Your Pet?

Losing a pet can be a scary experience; the best way to find your pet is to act quickly! If you are missing your pet, we strongly recommend coming to the shelter immediately during our open hours of 10am-6pm to see if their pet is here. Descriptions provided via phone or email may not be sufficient for staff members to positively identify your pet, so it is important to come in person. Stray dogs are held for 48 hours, after which they may be adopted, transferred to other rescue groups, or humanely euthanized. Daily visits are HIGHLY recommended for the greatest chance of locating your pet! Please make sure to bring your photo ID and proof of ownership when you visit the shelter.

If you are unable to come in person when your pet goes missing, please fill out the lost report right now by filling out the form at the bottom of this page. Be sure to upload a recent photo or photos of your pet with your report. If your pet has a microchip, please include the microchip number in the form, as well as a description of any collar, leash, or harness the pet was wearing, or any distinctive markings. Reports expire after 6 weeks so please email lost@acctphilly.org if your pet is still missing so the report can be renewed. Please note: while staff and volunteers will do their best to match lost pet reports with in-shelter animals, we cannot guarantee a successful identification.

Is your pet microchipped? If so, please call your microchip registry to ensure that the information listed on your pet’s microchip is current and accurate. You can also report your pet as missing with the microchip registry. If you are unsure where your pet’s microchip is registered, please visit www.petmicrochiplookup.org and enter the chip number.

Descriptions provided over the phone may not accurately assist staff in finding your pet if he or she is here at the shelter. More than 15,000 animals pass through the shelter each year so it is important that you visit in person on a regular basis (daily visits are best) when your pet is lost.  ACCT Philly is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m to look for lost pets. Below are found reports filed and strays brought in to ACCT Philly. Cats are listed separately after dogs.

Any questions? Contact the ACCT Philly at 267-385-3800 or email lost@acctphilly.org.

Losing a pet can be a scary experience; the best way to find your pet is to act quickly!

More than 15,000 animals pass through the shelter each year so it is important that you visit in person on a regular basis (daily visits are best) when your pet is lost.  ACCT Philly is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m to look for lost pets.

Any questions? Contact ACCT Philly at lost@acctphilly.org .

Tips for finding your lost pet

How to keep your pet safe

  • DO NOT leave your animal unattended for long periods of time.  Many pets become lost because they have been outside in a yard or enclosure and escape from an unnoticed opening.
  • Always be sure your animal is wearing an appropriate collar with an identification tag and your contact information.  If you change your telephone number, make sure you get a new tag for your pet with the updated information!
  • License your dog.  Dogs wearing city licenses are much more likely to be reunited with their families – visit PhillyDogLicense.com to license your dog now
  • Microchip your pet. Most veterinarians and shelters can provide this service at a low cost.
  • Secure all outside enclosures where you keep your pet
  • NEVER walk your dog off leash

What you need to reclaim your pet

If you have found your pet at ACCT Philly, we know you are very relieved and anxious to take him back to his home.  To reclaim your pet from the shelter, bring as many of these items as you have with you:

  • Current government issued identification with your name and address (driver’s license; state ID, etc) ***This is required***
  • Current vaccination records
  • Proof of ownership (pictures of your pet, vaccination records, adoption papers, bill of sale, city license)
  • There are some fees involved in reclaiming your pet.  The shelter accepts cash, credit cards, money orders or personal checks. All dogs and cats are microchipped and vaccinated on intake, unless their behavior prevents it

Do not hesitate to contact ACCT Philly’s Community Support Department at info@acctphilly.org or 267-385-3800 if you have any questions.

ACCT Philly Lost Pet Report Form

    Your Information

    Alternate Contact
    In the event that you cannot be reached, please provide an alternate contact for us to call.

    Pet Information

    Gender *

    Pet Identification

    Is your pet microchipped? *

    Is your pet wearing a collar? *

    Lost Report Details