A Lot Can Happen Between Lost & Found
A missing pet can be a scary and worrisome event for both the owner and the animal. However, should the unfortunate happen, there are agencies designed to help reunite lost animals with their families!
Contact a Local Agency
If you have lost or found a dog or cat within the city limits of Pasco, Kennewick, or Richland, please contact the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter at:
(509) 545-3740 or visit their website at https://tri-citiesanimalshelter.com/. It is also recommended to monitor their facebook page for updates and notifications of recent intakes.
If you have lost or found a dog or cat within the city limits of West Richland, please contact the West Richland Animal Control at:
(509) 967-3425 (West Richland Police Department) or visit their website at https://www.westrichland.org/animal-control/
If you have lost or found a dog, cat, horse, bird, or reptile within the city limits of Benton City, please contact the West Richland Animal Control at: (509) 588-3322 or visit their website at https://www.ci.benton-city.wa.us/pview.aspx?id=27402&catid=671
If you have lost or found an animal in the unincorporated (Outside City Limits) area of Benton or Franklin County, please contact:
Benton County Canine Control (Dogs Only)
Phone: (506) 560-4923
Benton-Franklin Humane Society (Dogs & Cats)
Phone: (509) 374-4235
www.bfhs.com or visit us on facebook
Franklin County Animal Control
(509) 545-3501 (Franklin County Sheriff)
If you have lost or found a dog or cat within the City or County of Walla Walla, please contact the Blue Mountain Humane Society at:
(509) 525-2452 or visit their website at https://bluemountainhumane.org/
Here are a few other ideas – be creative!
Utilize Social Media
Remember that while this is a difficult time, Social Media can be a valuable resource in spreading the word and helping to bring Fido or Fifi home that much sooner. Enlisting the help of friends and family to share, share, share can help spread the word to people you may not have otherwise reached. Also, be sure to join groups dedicated to finding pets in your area such as Facebook’s Tri-Cities Lost and Found Pets group.
Check Online Ads
Checking online ads such as Craigslist, FB Marketplace, PawBoost, Nextdoor, Missing Pet Partnership, and other online search engines can all be utilized as well. Placing an ad notifying others that your pet is missing also helps to spread the word.
Call Your Vet
If your pet has a rabies tag, that number can often be traced to the Vet who gave them that vaccine. If the information is up-to-date, they may be able to assist you. It also alerts them that your pet is missing.
Go For a Walk, Hike, or Bike
Animals that have wandered a little too far from home may be frightened and hearing your voice or smelling your scent may be exactly what they need to come home. Sometimes they have traveled outside their regular perimeter and don’t recognize the scents, sights, or smells. By getting out and walking, biking, or hiking, you may increase your chances of finding your pet. Also, don’t forget to check your own yard. Underneath the deck is not only hidden, it can also be dark and cool!
With permission, of course, post signs at businesses, around the neighborhood, or anywhere that is easy to see.
Please note: Any links provided for outside companies/organizations are done so as a resource only and are meant to be utilized as such. BFHS is not affiliated with nor endorses these companies or organizations and claims no responsibility for the content located therein.
Safety is a Priority – Theirs and Yours!
BFHS highly recommends having your animals micro-chipped through your local veterinarian and ensuring the registration for those micro-chips are kept up-to-date. Should the unthinkable occur, many companies offer a lost-pet alert on the micro-chip, which will alert anyone who scans it that this animal has a family looking for it. The odds and speed of you and your pet reuniting are increased dramatically, as most shelters, animal control officers, and vet clinics will scan animals found.
Recovering Your Animal
For the safety of you, your pet, and your family, it is highly recommended that pet recovery occur in a public place that is well-lit and decently populated.
That One Special Feature
Unfortunately, scams do exist. Leaving out a distinguishing mark about your pet can help to identify if the animal is indeed yours, as well as protect you against scams or fraud. So while we might want to include that Fifi looks like she’s wearing one white sock, it might be best to keep that out.