Lost and Found Pets

Lost_Dog_logoTo REPORT a lost or found pet, please call 610-373-8830 and please listen for the prompts, or please email the following information:

  • Your name and phone number
  • The area & date the pet was lost/found
  • Lost pets: Name, breed, coloring, distinctive markings, sex, spayed/neutered, wearing a collar/tags/leash, declawed (cats)?
  • Found pets: Breed, coloring, distinctive markings, sex, wearing a collar/leash, declawed (cats)?
  • Is it ok if we give your phone number to potential matches for your lost/found pet?


You should do certain things in advance to increase your chances of recovering your pet if he or she becomes lost:

  • Always make sure your dog has a license. Over 90% of dogs are reunited with their families when wearing a license.
  • You can also have your pet microchipped by your veterinarian or have your pet tattooed.
  • Have color photos of your pet. They should be full body and close-up from the front and side.

If your pet becomes lost, do the following:


  • Contact all animal shelters (see below for list) in your area and all surrounding areas. Call the police department. Fill out a lost pet form (see above). Also, visit all animal shelters providing each with a photo and and an accurate description of your pet.
  • Contact veterinarians in your area and surrounding areas including emergency animal hospitals who handle off-hour emergencies.
  • Post flyers with pet’s photo IMMEDIATELY!
  • Place a lost ad in all local newspapers. We also recommend listing your animal on relevant social media sites and groups, such as Berks Dog Search and Berks Cat Search.
  • Contact local radio stations.
  • Search your neighborhood. Walk or drive slowly around your neighborhood several times a day. Call your pet’s name and listen. Your pet may be injured or frightened or unable to come to you. After you call their name, wait to see if your pet comes to you.
  • Ask neighbors & delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out fliers to these people.
  • Place items with your scent outside your home. This can be a shirt that has been worn by a loved one, a cat or dog bed which can attract a lost pet.
  • Don’t give up your search. Animals who have been lost for months, even years, have been found.


  • REPORT a lost or found pet to to the ARL by email or by calling 610-373-8830.
  • Check ALL newspapers in the Lost and Found section (review papers from the previous week and old newspapers).
  • Place a FOUND ad in all local newspapers.
  • Contact all animal shelters (see below for list) and veterinarians including emergency animal hospitals in your area and surrounding areas.
  • If unable to keep the animal, bring the animal to your local shelter where they can provide food and shelter for him or her. The ARL services stray animals found in these municipalities in Berks County. If your municipality is not listed, please contact your local municipal officials or police to find out where you should take the stray animal.
  • Take the animal to your local shelter or veterinarian to be scanned for a microchip.
  • If you have found a pet with a tattoo (typically found inside one of the rear legs) contact the Berks County Treasurer’s office ( 610-478-6640), Berks Radio (610-655-4911) or the Animal Rescue League (610-373-8830).

Return to Owner & Stray Pick Up

Humane Society of Berks County
Humane Society of Lebanon County
Lehigh County Humane Society
Montgomery County SPCA
Hillside SPCA (Pottsville)
Brandywine Valley  SPCA
Humane League of Lancaster County