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Lost cats and dogs

Found a lost cat or dog

It is important to turn in lost animals to the appropriate place as soon as possible.

Lost cats or dogs with identification 

The following animals should be taken to the Animal Services Centre - or if after hours, the closest veterinary clinic:
  • Dogs found within the city limits with or without ID
  • Cats with ID

Lost animals without identification, surrendered animals, and exotic animals 

The following animals should be taken to the Calgary Humane Society:  
  • Cats or dogs found outside Calgary city limits
  • Cats found within the city limits without a City licence tag, microchip, tattoo 
  • Exotic animals (birds, reptiles, etc...)
  • Surrendered or abandoned animals. 

If you are not able to take the animals to the Calgary Humane Society, the following veterinary clinics will accept them on their behalf:

  • Calgary North Veterinary Hospital, 4204 4th St. N.W., 403-277-0135
  • McKnight 24 Hour Emergency Veterinary Hospital, #34, 5010 4th St. N.E., 403-457-0911
  • Forest Lawn Veterinary Hospital, 2002 36th St. S.E. 403-272-0115
  • Western Veterinary Specialist & Emergency Care, 1802 10th Ave. S.W., 403-770-1340
  • Shawnessy South Pet Hospital, 70 Shawville Blvd. S.E., 403-254-5900

Injured lost cats and dogs

Lost cats or dogs found within the city limits that have been injured, with or without ID,  should be taken directly to a veterinary clinic.

If transportation is an issue and you are not able to deliver the injured stray to a clinic, please call 311 and Animal Services will pick the animal up and transport it to the closest available veterinary clinic.

Lost your cat or dog

As soon as you know your cat or dog is lost, you should:

  1. Call 311 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-2489 (from outside Calgary) to file a Lost Animal Report. Please continue to update us on the status of your lost animal.
  2. Check if your lost pet has been brought into the Animal Services Centre by frequently checking the listings of impounded cats, impounded dogs, adoptable cats and adoptable dogs on our website.
  3. Download the free City of Calgary Pets mobile application so you can check via your mobile device if your pet is showing up on our impounded or adoptable lists.
  4. Visit the Animal Services Centre to see if your lost cat or lost dog is in our facility. It's easier to identify your pet in person than by looking at photos.

Lost cat or dog - What else can you do?

  1. Double-check with members of your household to ensure no one has your pet or knows where your pet is.
  2. Do a thorough search of your home. If you have lost a cat or small dog, look carefully through closets and hampers, behind furniture, and into any other small space they could be hiding in.
  3. Enlist the help of friends and family to extend your search through the neighbourhood. Ask them to carry cell phones, so they can contact you if they find your pet.
  4. Contact the Calgary Humane Society to see if they have picked up your pet.
  5. Contact neighbours and local vet clinics to ask if they have seen your cat or dog. People often bring stray pets to their vet so make sure the vets in your area know what pet you are looking for and how to reach you.

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