You will first want to report the dog/cat as FOUND on the Free Finding Rover app.
- Register on Finding Rover with your email address using the Email Registration button
- FindingRover.com or through the app on Apple or Android devices
- On a computer use Google Chrome, Firefox/Mozilla or Safari browsers
- Apple devices must have an operating system of 7 or higher
- Android devices must have an operating system of 5 or higher
- Click on the Report tab/button
- Click on the teal Found button and follow the prompts
If someone has reported their pet as LOST on Finding Rover you will see the report in the search results and be able to connect with them directly.
Make sure to check back often and re-run your search on Finding Rover until the pet’s family has been located.
Note all information about the pet
Take a photo of the animal to add to a FOUND flyer and to share on other on-line outlets.
If the animal is wearing tags, check to see if there is a name and contact information, microchip number or company to contact, or a license number.
Other information to note: approximate age, gender, neutered if male, approx. weight, size, possible breed(s), coat type/patterns/color, and any other unique identifiers.
Be sure to note the date and time you found the animal and the location.
Take the pet to a local veterinarian or shelter to have it scanned for a microchip.
Call and Visit your local shelters
You will need to call and file a FOUND report with all of your local shelters, such as animal service departments and humane societies.
If you are not sure who your local animals services and shelters are, do a Google search that includes the name of your city. For example, ‘animal shelters San Diego, CA’ or ‘animal shelters Austin, TX’
Be aware, some organizations will require you to come in to complete a FOUND report. Make sure to either bring the pet with you or bring a good photo or FOUND flyer to leave with them.
Make sure to ask if anyone from the public has reported a pet matching the animal’s description as LOST.
It’s a good idea to bring the pet with you so the shelter can scan it for a microchip.
Expand your search
Animals can travel long distances and the pet may be from the next city over. Scared pets may allow a stranger to help them initially but then they could get away from helpers in a completely different location, possible where you found them, far from their home.
Make sure to expand your search area on Finding Rover and when contacting shelters and animals services. Don’t limit your search to just your immediate area.
Not all members of the public are aware of Finding Rover yet and they may be using other on-line sites to share that they have found a displaced pet.
Some common sites to research would be:
- CraigsList for your local area
- Classifieds of local news outlets
- Facebook Lost & Found pages for your local area
- The Nextdoor App
Remember to continue to check back on Finding Rover until you locate the pets family.
Create a FOUND Pet Flier
Create a simple FOUND Pet Flier to post around the area where you found the pet. It’s best to keep it simple, information to include would be:
- FOUND DOG/CAT
- A clear, color image of the pets face
- The pet’s name if known, Approx. age, gender, if male – neutered or intact, anything on the animal such as collar, tags, harness, etc, color description/coat pattern
- Date and time you found the pet and the location
- Any unique features or special needs as identifiers
- Your contact information – telephone number (call/text) & email address
Here are some recommendations where to post your FOUND flyer and look for LOST fliers:
- Local veterinarian hospitals and clinics
- Local pet shops of all kinds
- Local coffee shops
- Local grocery stores/markets that have community boards
- Local groomers, boarding and day care facilities
- Local DIY Pet Wash/Bath locations
- Local parks and trails that have community boards
- Local news outlets
Reach out to local dog walking, pet sitting, and mobile grooming businesses as well to share your flyer with them so they can be on the lookout in their daily travels if they see any LOST fliers that could be a match.
Are your local shelters and rescues partnered with Finding Rover yet? Our goal is to get all shelters and rescues on board with Finding Rover to help in the rescue, reunion and adoption efforts across the country!
You can help by reaching out to your local shelters / rescues and letting them know how they can partner with Finding Rover for FREE! They can simply complete the form located at http://www.findingrover.com/partners or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org