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  1. Contact your local animal shelter: File a lost pet report with nearby shelters and visit the nearest shelters daily.


    • Alameda County - 925-803-7040
      - 4595 Gleason Drive in Dublin


    • Contra Costa County - 925-335-8300
      - 4800 Imhoff Place in Martinez


  2. File a lost pet report with animal control agencies near your area.


    • Danville - 925-335-8300


    • Dublin - 510-667-7763


    • Livermore - 925-371-4848


    • Pleasanton - 925-931-5100


    • San Ramon - 925-335-8300


    • Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro,
      San Lorenzo -
      510-667-7763


    • Unincorporated Alameda County - 510-667-7763




  3. Search your neighborhood.
    Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Ask neighbors, letter carriers and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out a flyer consisting of a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found.


  4. Advertise.
    Post notices at grocery stores, libraries, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, at pet supply stores and other locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. Include your pet's sex, age, weight, breed, color and any special markings. When describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.


  5. Be wary of pet-recovery scams.
    When talking to a stranger who claims to have found your pet, ask him to describe the pet thoroughly before you offer any information. If he does not include the identifying characteristic you left out of the advertisements, he may not really have your pet. Be particularly wary of people who insist that you give or wire them money for the return of your pet.


  6. Don't give up your search.
    Animals that have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.




  7. Note: A pet—even an indoor pet—has a better chance of being returned if he/she always wears a collar and an ID tag with your name, address, and telephone number. Check with your veterinarian about microchipping. Shelters usually scan for microchips with the owners’ information on it when new animals are brought into the shelter.