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Lost and Found Animals

Whether you've lost your pet or found someone else's, please use these Johnson County resources to maximize the chance for a happy reunion.

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Have the animal scanned for a microchip.

A microchip is a small (about the size of a grain of rice) device that is implanted into a pet. This device can be scanned by most veterinarians. The scanner will detect a number that can be traced to the owners through a database. Scanning for a microchip should be FREE at most veterinarian offices.  Scanning can also be done at most shelters and humane societies.

Put up LOST or FOUND fliers (including a photo) in the area the pet was seen.

These should be placed on street poles, in veterinary offices, in pet stores, and in grooming shops. Make a list of the places where you distributed your fliers, so it will be easy to go back and take them down once the pet has been reunited.

Post your “lost or found” message on your Facebook page and other groups.

Be sure to include a photo, description, and the nearest cross streets and city of the lost/found pet sighting. 

Local Facebook groups exist solely for this purpose. We recommend:

Lost & Found Pets of Johnson County 

Indy Lost Pet Alert


The NextDoor app can also be an effective tool for sharing about a lost or found pet. 

Talk to your neighbors.

Chances are, the animal hasn't strayed far from their home. Check-in with your neighbors to see if they recognize the pet.

Call Johnson County Animal Control at 

Ask if anyone has reported a lost or found animal and to have a ‘found report’ posted. If you border more than one county, please make a report to each county agency. Be sure to send a lost or found report to HSJC (and other “pet places”).  HSJC keeps list of lost and found animals and makes every effort to match them if found.

Use caution when approaching or holding a found animal.

For your safety (and the safety of the animal), approach any animal with caution. The animal could be scared, injured, or stressed. If you're not comfortable getting close, take a photo or video, and post the sighting to one of the groups listed above.

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