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Lost Pets

Losing a pet is heartbreaking.  The Lowell Humane Society strongly recommends keeping your cat safely indoors
and keeping dogs securely leashed or fenced when outdoors. It is required by state law for dogs to wear a current
license and rabies tag.  Although cats in most areas are not required to be licensed, they should also wear a
current rabies tag.


  • Many cats’ owners are concerned that wearing a collar may cause their cat to become entangled.  Provide
    your cat with a collar that has been specially made to either break away or stretch should the cat become
    tangled.  

  • The Lowell Humane Society recommends having your pet microchipped.  Microchipping is a permanent
    means of identification that cannot be removed.  Animal shelters, veterinarians and Animal Control Officers
    have scanners that detect the presence of a microchip and using the microchip number can access an
    owner’s contact information.  Contact your veterinarian to discuss microchipping your pet.


In the Event Your Pet Becomes Lost:

  • Immediately contact your local Animal Control Officer (and those in surrounding towns), the Shelter and
    area veterinarians to file a lost report.

  • Create and distribute flyers around your neighborhood make sure to provide copies to Animal Control
    Officers, the Shelter and veterinarians.  Include a picture of your pet and thorough description (breed, sex,
    age, color etc.), where and when the pet was lost and your contact information.  

  • Enlist family and friends to search your surrounding area; check with neighbors to see if they have sighted
    your pet and look closely in bushes/trees, storage sheds and any other places that offer a “hiding” spot to a
    scared cat.

  • Place a lost ad in your local paper and offer a reward.

  • As difficult as it is be patient and continue searching.  Once your pet is located be courteous and notify
    Animal Control, the Shelter and veterinarians to let them know your pet has been found.



Finding a Pet

  • State law requires stray dogs to be held by Animal Control in the city/town where they have been found for
    ten days - notify Animal Control immediately if you have found a dog.  The Shelter is unable to take stray
    dogs.

  • Check with neighbors in the area to see if the pet belongs to them.  Create and distribute flyers around your
    neighborhood make sure to provide copies to Animal Control Officers, the Shelter and veterinarians.  
    Include a picture of the pet and thorough description (breed, sex, age, color etc.), where and when the pet
    was found and your contact information.

  • Contact the Shelter and area veterinarians to place a found report.  The Shelter can scan the pet to see if it
    he/she has a microchip.

  • Place a found ad in your local paper.

  • If you are unable to locate the owner of a cat or small animal you may bring the animal to the shelter.
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