Lost a Pet?

Stray or Found Animals

Tips For Finding Lost Pets

When a beloved pet strays from home, it can be a traumatic experience for the owner and the animal alike. The Animal Welfare League offers these tips to help pet owners find their lost companions.

Contact Animal Agencies

Immediately telephone all humane societies, animal care & control agencies and animal protection organizations within a large radius to file a lost-pet report.  Pets often stray farther from home than their owners believe possible.  If there is no shelter in your area, contact your local police department.  Visit your local shelter every 24 hours to search. See our list of facilities below.

Search the Neighborhood

Walk and/or drive through your neighborhood several times every day.  The early morning hours and sunset are prime times for finding lost pets.  Question neighbors, joggers, postal carriers, garbage collectors and newspaper carriers and ask them to keep an eye out for your pet.

Use the Power of Scent

Place a recently-worn article of clothing in your yard; for cats which usually stay indoors, place their litter box outside.  Familiar scents can bring them home.

Advertise

Post flyers at all public places - grocery stores, community centers, churches, etc.  Place an ad in the classified section of your local paper.  Offer a reward if possible.  Caution: To protect your self from pet-recovery scams, leave out one of your pet's identifying characteristics so you can verify the honesty of any caller who claims to have found your pet.

Notify Others

Call your local veterinary clinics, especially those that offer boarding.  Injured pets are often taken directly to a veterinarian for care prior to transfer to an animal shelter.

File a report

Even if there have been suspected cases of pet theft in your area, don’t assume that your pet is the latest victim.  Pets are far more likely to stray from home and get lost than be stolen.  However, if you have evidence that leads you to believe your pet has been stolen, notify your local police and animal control departments immediately.

Don’t Give Up!

Keep searching even when you have little hope left.  Animals who have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.

And the Next Time...

Protect your pet from getting lost again.  Always keep a collar and identification tag on your pet.  An ID tag is a lost pet-s ticket home.  Ask your local animal care and control agency if permanent methods of pet identification such as microchips are available in your area. (The Animal Welfare League offers AVID microchips).  License your pet as local law requires.  Other important steps include keeping your pets supervised at all times and having them spayed or neutered.  Finally, keep a photo of your pet on file in the event he or she strays again.

Animal Welfare League requires proof of current rabies vaccinations upon redemption of any animal. Be sure to bring this information with you when visiting our facility.

A current rabies vaccination will be administered at owner’s cost if proof is not available. Other fees that will be incurred at time of redemption: Impoundment, vaccination(s), daily boarding fees and microchip.

Animal Welfare League    
10305 Southwest Highway    
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415      
(708) 636-8586

Hours to view strays at Chicago Ridge Location:
Monday – Friday 12pm – 9pm
Saturdays 12pm -7pm
Sundays 12pm – 6pm

Animal Welfare League
6224 S. Wabash Avenue     .
Chicago, IL 60637      
(773) 667-0088

Hours to view strays at Chicago Location:
Monday – Friday 129m – 5pm
Saturdays 12pm -3pm
Sundays Closed to Public
 

Cook County Animal Control and Stray Holding Facilities

Broadview Animal Hospital
2128 S. 17th Ave.
Broadview, IL 60155
(708)344-1909

Glencoe Animal Hospital
1820 Skokie Blvd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 835-1302

Oak Forest Police Department
15440 S. Central
Oak Forest, IL 60452
(708)687-1376

Brookfield Police Department
8820 Brookfield Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708)485-8131

Golf Rose Animal Hospital
1375 N Roselle Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60195
(847) 885-3344

Preiser Animal Hospital
2975 Milwaukee Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 827-5200

Calumet City Animal Control
P.O. Box 1519
Calumet City, IL 60409
(708)891-8199

Glencoe Public Safety
325 Hazel Ave.
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847)835-4112

South Suburban Humane Society
1103 W End Ave.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 755-7387

Chicago Animal Care & Control
2741 S. Western
Chicago, IL 60608
(312)747-1406

Hanover Park Police Department
2011 Lake Street
Hanover Park, IL 60133
(630)823-5500

Thornton Police Department
700 Park Ave.
Thornton, IL 60476
(708)877-4440

Cicero Waggin’ Tails Animal Shelter
1634 Laramie
Cicero, IL 60804
(708)652-0825

Niles Animal Pound
7000 W. Touhy Ave.
Niles, IL 60714
(847)588-6500

VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital
2845 S. Harlem Ave.
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708)749-4200

Evanston Animal Shelter
2310 Oakton
Evanston, IL 60202
(847)866-5080

Norridge Police Department
4020 N. Olcott
Norridge, IL 60706
(708)453-4770

Village of Bellwood
3200 Washington
Bellwood, IL 60104
(708)547-3528

Forest View Police Department
7000 W. 46th St.
Forest View, IL 60402
(708)788-0318

Northwest Animal Hospital
2024 S. River Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60018
(847)296-3112

Village of Stickney
6533 W. Pershing Rd.
Stickney, IL 60402
(708)788-2131

Will County

Anderson Animal Shelter
1000 S. La Fox Rd.
South Elgin, IL 60177
(847)697-2880

Joliet Township Animal Control Center
2807 McDonough St.
Joliet, IL 60436
(815)725-0333

Village of Romeoville
1050 W. Romeo St.
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815)886-7219

Bolingbrook Animal Control & Care
145 Royce Rd.
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630)226-8500

Plum Creek Regional Animal Medical Center
1751 East Exchange St.
Crete, Il 60417
(708)672-7269

Will County Animal Control
1200 S. Cedar Road Unit 1D
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815)462-5633

Frankfort Township Animal Control
9434 W. La Porte Road
Mokena, IL 60448
(815)469-4907 x.3712

Tender Loving Care (TLC)
13016 West 151st Street
Homer Glen IL 60491
(708)301-1594

 

 

Dupage County

Dupage County Animal Care & Control
130 N. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630)407-2800

Hinsdale Humane Society
22 N. Elm St.
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630)323-5630

Warrenville Animal Control
3S245 Warren Ave.
Warrenville, IL 60555
(630) 393-2131

Greater O’Hare Animal Control
6 N 441 Catalpa Ave.
Wood Dale, IL 60191
(630)766-4676

Naperville Humane Society
1620 W. Diehl Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563
(630)420-8989

 

 

Lake County

Lake County Animal Control
29278 N. Highway 83
Mundelein, IL 60060
(847)949-9925

Orphans of the Storm
2200 Riverwoods Road
Riverwoods (Deerfield), IL 60015
(847)945-0235

Save A Pet
31664 N Fairfield Rd.
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 740-7788

 

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