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Lost & Found Pets
Lost a Pet
If you have lost a pet, we recommend you visit the animal shelter in person. Stray animals without identification are held for four shelter business days and animals with a license are held a minimum of ten calendar days.

To reclaim your pet, you must have personal identification, your pet's records (license, rabies certificate), a photograph of your pet, and be at least 18 years old. Fees for service will be charged to claim your pet.

Lost Pet Suggestions
The following suggestions may help you find your lost pet:
  • Fill out the Animal Services online Lost Pet Report
  • Look for your pet immediately; ask the mail carrier, meter reader, postal carrier, and children in your neighborhood if they have seen your pet
  • Visit the animal shelter at least every other day
  • At the shelter, fill out a lost report (if you have not already completed the online form) and check the found reports; ask to see the list of dead animals that have been picked up, and about animals being held in the quarantine area or taken to the vet
  • On the days you do not visit the shelter, search online for animals in local shelters via PetHarbor
  • Advertise in the local papers; offer a reward but do not specify a price
  • Post lost pet notices on bulletin boards in libraries, stores, laundromats, and other community announcement areas
  • Keep checking all local shelters; many people keep lost pets for weeks before turning them in

Found a Pet
If you have found a stray animal, you may bring it to the Tri-City Animal Shelter during regular shelter hours or call (510) 790-6635 and request it be picked up by Animal Services. There is no after-hours drop box available at the shelter, and Animal Services Officers do not pick up stray cats. If you have found a stray but wish to hold onto the animal, Fremont City Ordinance requires that the finder notify the animal shelter within eight hours. Notify Animal Services that you have found a stray animal by completing the Animal Services online Found Pet Report. Please note this report is not a request for service, and if the animal is brought to the shelter, notify staff you filed a Found Pet Report to avoid creating a duplicate record of the animal.

If you have kept the found animal for approximately 30 days, it is now considered your property and you are responsible for it. City Ordinance requires dogs and cats to be licensed. For more information, please call Fremont Pet Licensing at (510) 790-6644.