City of Visalia - Lost & Found (2024)

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Losing a member of your pet family is a very stressful and upsetting event. Try to stay focused and organized about the steps you need to take in locating your pet. Do not give up hope as some animals will go missing for weeks, months and even years before they are found.


  • Visit the Visalia Animal Services Facebook page soon as possible and complete a lost/missingpet form Lost-Missing Animal form.pdf.Animal Services Officers pick up many lost pets every day, they may have already picked up yours. If you see your pet on our page, please call our office during business hours with the animal ID number located on the picture to obtain more information.
  • If your pet is wearing anID tagwith your phone number on it, make sure you are available to answer your phone.
  • Search the neighborhood surrounding your home as your pet may not have traveled far. Ask your neighbors, postal carriers, and delivery drivers if they have seen an animal matching your pet's description.
  • If your pet is microchipped, register the microchip number with Animal Servicesstaff, and ensure that all your information in updated with themicrochip company.
  • If your pet is licensed in the City of Visalia, call and confirm that your information is current and inform us of any additional contact phone numbers.
  • Continue checking our Facebook page daily.
  • Make "Lost Pet" flyers with a picture of your pet and post them around your neighborhood and bulletin boards in the local grocery stores and feed stores. Include your pets name, the date and area you are missing your pet from. Make tabs at the bottom of your sign with your name and phone number in between cut dotted lines.
  • Check with local Veterinarians to see if someone has brought in a found pet.
  • Advertise in the lost pet section of your local newspapers and check the found pets column.
  • There are many sites on the internet you can check. Just type in "Lost Pets" or "Missing Pets"on your favorite search engine. Many people advertise lost and found pets on

Whatever you do, don't give up!


If you find a pet, please do not assume that it has been abandoned or abused. Please call our office to file a FOUND NOT IN SHELTER form if you wish to hold on to the pet while attempting to locate the owner. Many times pets have gone missing for long periods of time and may appear neglected or scared. They couldhave been stolen from their rightful owners and have gotten away weeks or even months later in a completely different area from which they were taken.
Many pets now have amicrochip implanted under the skinthat enables them to be returned to their owner. A microchip is a permanent form of identification that can only be detected when the animal is scanned.
What do I do if I see a pet running loose?
For your safety,do not attempt to catch a scared pet or try to stop traffic whena pet is running in the road as you may be bitten by the petor hit by oncoming cars. Contact AnimalControl Field dispatch at (559) 713-4957. AnimalControl Officers are trained to handle scared pets and have the emergency lighting to warn oncoming cars of the hazard.
What do I do if I have someone's pet?
Call(559) 713-4957 to have an AnimalControl Officer pick the pet up or bringit to the City of Visalia AnimalCare Center. Animal Services staffaretrained to handleall kinds of animals and providethe care needed to keepthem safewhile waiting fortheir owner.

** Since there is no law prohibiting catsfrom roaming loose, AnimalControl Officer's do notrespond to calls forloose OR stray cats unless they are injured or sick. Why should I bring the pet to the shelter?
The Visalia Animal Care Center is thefacility that housesthe lost and found animalsinthe City of Visalia. Pet ownerscome into the shelter every day looking for their lost pet. Pets arephotographed and their picturesput on our Facebook page for owners to see. This websiteinformation is updated hourly. Owners provide proof of ownership and rabies vaccinationsbefore their pet is released to them. This verifies that the correct person is picking up the pet.
What will happen to the pet?
Ifthe AnimalControl Officer picks the pet up and it has ID, the officer will make every reasonable effort to return it home rather than bringing it into the shelter. If the pet comes into the shelter, Animal Services staff will examinethe petfor anymedical conditions, vaccinate it against common diseases,and scan for a microchip.If thepet needs medical care, a veterinarian will care for it. A picture of the pet will go onto our Facebook pageso the owner can see that it is here. The pet will be held for a minimum of four days for the owner to claim.
What if the pet has Identification?
If the pet has ID or a microchip, front office staff will contact the ownerby phone or emailif available. An officerwill also be sent out to the address if contact is not made or the owner fails to show.
What happens if the owner doesn't claim the pet?
If the owner does not claim the pet, it may be adopted throughVisalia Animal Services or transferred to a rescue organization. Unfortunately, if the owner does not claimthe petand a rescue or adopter does not want the pet, then shelter may need toeuthanize. The City of Visalia Animal Care Center will hold a pet as long as possible and will exhaust all options before euthanizing.
I don't want the pet euthanized, what can I do?

If you are concerned about the outcome of a pet that you have found, you can request the animal ID number and follow up on its condition. Simply ask for its animalID numberfrom the officer picking the pet up or the office staff when you drop the pet off .You can alsocall the shelter on the 4th day to see if the owner has claimed the pet. If you know of someone who would like to adopt it, have them visit us at theVisalia Animal Care Center.I don't want to take the pet to the shelter or I want to keep it.
The State of California considers pets as property. Keeping someone's pet, not only causes the owner much heartache, but could potentially get you into legal trouble with the owner. Many pets are microchipped now whichis a permanent form of identification and ownership. If you would like to keep the pet, bring it to theCity of VisaliaAnimal Care Centerto scan for a microchip, fill out a FOUND NOT IN SHELTER FORM and you will be contacted by our office if an owner comes forward.

Thank you for assisting Visalia AnimalServices with reuniting lost pets with their owners!

City of Visalia - Lost & Found (2024)


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