lost & found pets

Found Pet

Thank you for taking care of this lost pet!


Please note: a lot of shelters are full and it may be a while until you can bring the stray into the shelter


If you are able to secure and house the animal:


  1. Check the animal for tags or any injuries.
  2. If the animal is healthy, walk it around the area you found it in – just to see if someone is looking for it!
  3. Take it to a Veterinarian to scan for a microchip.
  4. If the animal does not have a microchip:
    1. make a post on Indy Lost Pet Alert.
    2. create a profile and upload a picture of the pet on Petco Love Lost.
  5. If you are unable to find its owner, and you live in Marion County, you can make an appointment to surrender the stray to Indianapolis Animal Care Services

If you are not able to secure or house the animal take a picture of the animal and post a sighting report on Indy Lost Pet Alert.

Lost Pet

If you have lost your pet, please take the following steps:


  1. Put food, water, the animal’s bed or an article of your clothing outside for the animal. If the lost pet is a cat, you can put their litter box outside.
  2. Submit a lost form on Indy Lost Pet Alert.
  3. Create a profile for the pet and search for your pet at Petco Love Lost.
  4. Check Shelter Stray posts
    1. IndyHumane
    2. Indianapolis Animal Care Services
    3. Indy Lost Pet Alert
  5. Spread the word – Post on social media, NextDoor and put up flyers around the neighborhood.

Keep Your Pet Safe

While we hope you never lose your animal, it’s best to be as prepared as possible in case it does happen. Here are some steps you can take to make sure you’ll always be reunited with your pet.


  1. Microchip
    1. Make sure your animal is microchipped and that the information is up to date.
    2. Indyhumane offers microchipping at our low cost clinics. You can schedule an appointment here.
  2. Tags
    1. Make sure your animal’s tags are up to date with your phone number.
  3. Create a profile for them on PetCo Love Lost. This way, if your pet goes missing, you can easily mark them as missing on the site.

Report a Lost or Found Pet

Stray Pets

Below are stray animals who are in IndyHumane’s care.


If you believe one of the animals in IndyHumane’s care is your lost pet please bring proof of ownership (vet records, a picture of the animal with you, and/or microchip information) to the shelter during regular business hours.


Please do not call; visit the shelter at your earliest convenience. Our intake staff is in from approximately 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.


Per Indianapolis City-County General Ordinance No. 531-731, stray animals will be held a minimum of four days. It is possible that stray animals who are under investigation for suspected cruelty or other concerns will be transferred to Indianapolis Animal Care Services, who may assess fines.


After the minimum stray hold of four days from the intake date listed, a stray animal will be given medical and behavior exams and may then be sent to a foster home or made available for adoption.


Owners will be required to pay for each day of care, as well as any microchip, vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries, tests, or treatments provided to their pet while in IndyHumane custody. IndyHumane reserves the right to transfer animals to Indianapolis Animal Care Services for reclaiming by owners.