Lost and Found Pets

Lost Your Pet - Prevention - Found a Pet - MHS Policies on Stray Animals

What To Do If Your Pet Is Lost:

Act Quickly-As Soon As You Realize Your Pet Is Missing!

♦ Contact Monadnock Humane Society

E-mail us at adoption@humanecommunity.org  or call 603-352-9011 x101. Include a detailed description of your pet including:

      • Name the pet responds to
      • Color, Gender, Breed
      • Size (approximate weight is a good descriptor
      • Where pet was last seen (cross-streets, town, state)
      • Distinguishing marks
      • Collar & tags animal might be wearing
      • Telephone Number where you can be reached!

We will check every description to see if your pet has been brought to the shelter, or if a citizen has found her. Send or email a color photo of your missing pet - even with the best written description, correctly identifying a pet can be difficult.

♦ Call Local Police and/or Animal Control Officers

Most people who see a stray dog or cat will report it to the local police. Some towns have their own holding facility for stray animals. New Hampshire law requires towns to hold all stray dogs and cats with identification for seven days.

♦ Spread the News Using Signs & Posters

Signs and posters are very effective tools for finding lost animals. Include a clear description of your pet and a color photo. Post signs at grocery stores, schools, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, local animal shelters and neighborhood businesses. Provide your police department with a copy, too.

♦ Search the Neighborhood

Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. The best times to look for lost pets is in early morning and early evening. Ask letter carriers and delivery people to be on the lookout. Distribute your posters door-to-door. Ask neighbors to check garages or storage sheds where your pet might have become accidentally shut in.

♦ Expand the Search

      • Call animal shelters, police departments and veterinary hospitals in neighboring towns. It is not uncommon for animals to be found miles from where they were lost.
      • Use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites to get the word out.
      • Place advertisements in newspapers and radio stations immediately. Don't forget to monitor the "Found" ads in the classified section of the local newspapers.

♦ Don't Give Up!

Even when you have little hope left, don't stop searching. Animals who have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners. Be persistent. Keep visiting your shelter and checking with area businesses where you have placed signs.


An ID Tag is your pet's ticket home! It can mean the difference between life and death for a pet. Any pet (even an indoor one) has a better chance of being reunited with her family if she always wears a collar and ID tag with current information. Make sure your pets all have ID tags, or at least write your phone number on their collars with a permanent marker. Ask your veterinarian about permanent methods of identification such as microchipping, too.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND AN ANIMALeveryday-canine-class

♦ Contact Monadnock Humane Society

Bring the Animal to our Shelter at
101 W. Swanzey Rd.(Rt10) in Swanzey, NH

We can scan for microchip identification and search our Lost Pet reports to help find the animal's owner as quickly as possible. There is no charge for bringing a found animal to MHS.

Found Animals after 6 p.m.—please call the local police department.

E-mail us at adoption@humanecommunity.org

or call 603-352-9011 x101.

♦ Report Your Find to the Local Police

♦ Check Local Lost Advertising

Local papers, local bulletin boards, and busy intersections near where you found the animal may have signs posted by the pet's owner. Also check on-line resources.

♦ Place Posters and Flyers Near Where You Found the Animal


We check our lost reports to try to match stray animals with their owners.

After 7 Days: When we can't find an owner (or the owner does not come to reclaim the animal) a stray animal in our care will be behaviorally and medically evaluated and made available for adoption.  This 7-Day Stray Hold applies to cats with identification, and dogs.