Finding Your Lost Pet
If your pet is lost, follow these steps:
- Check Lollypop Farm’s Lost and Found listings and submit a Lost Animal Report via our online form or by calling (585) 223-1330 x221. (If you call, please email us a photo of your pet.) Filing a report does not guarantee that we will be able to notify you if your pet is brought to the shelter. Please call us weekly with updates, and let us know if/when your pet is found.
- If your pet is microchipped, call the microchip company. All pets adopted from Lollypop Farm are microchipped through 24PetWatch.
- Come to the shelter in Fairport to view the stray animals, as you are the only person who can identify your animal. Visit every day or every other day, if you can. State law requires us to hold strays for a minimum of 5 days before making them available for adoption. View hours and directions.
- Contact and visit other shelters, town/city animal control agencies, and local veterinarians.
- Search your neighborhood thoroughly, and tell people about your lost pet via word of mouth and social media. Ask neighbors, mail carriers, bus drivers, and delivery people to keep an eye out. Try these tips:
- Search underneath porches, in basement window wells, and other places your pet might hide or become trapped.
- Leave food and water in your yard, as well as something with a familiar scent.
- For cats: At dusk, shine a flashlight in bushes, tall plants, and wooded areas to look for the reflection of your cat’s eyes. Place a used litter box outside. Cats often come home in the early-morning hours when you may be asleep, so using a baby monitor can help you hear them.
- Put up “lost” posters in your neighborhood and get permission to post flyers and posters at vet offices, groomers, pet-supply stores, supermarkets, and libraries. Make them easily readable, use a good photo of your pet, and include “LOST DOG” or “LOST CAT” in large letters, along with “REWARD” if applicable. For signs along the street, make sure that drivers can read them; a large posterboard works best. Look for “found” posters and flyers, too.
- Put “lost” ads on Craigslist, post on Facebook, put in the newspaper(s), and post on pet-related sites. Include your pet’s appearance, breed, sex, age, and date lost, as well as your contact information and a good photo. Don’t forget to read the “found” listings, too.
- Local Listings
Rochester Dogs Lost and Found
Ontario County Happy Tails Humane Society
GRASP Lost and Found
Lost, Found, Missing Pets Rochester NY and surrounding areas
Lost Dogs of the Finger Lakes
Frank Vaccaro – “Found Stray Missing Cats” – cats only
Monroe County New York Lost &
Democrat & Chronicle – paid listing
Genesee Valley Pennysaver – 585-226-8111, free listing
Bugsy’s Animal Network – free listing plus a list of local resources, including lost & found Facebook groups
- National Listings and Services
Lost Pet U.S.A. – free listing and resources
The Center for Lost Pets – free listing and resources
Pet FBI – free listing and resources
Petango – free listing
Pet Amber Alert – paid alert service
FindToto – paid alert service and free resources
- Local Listings
Don’t give up if you don’t find your pet right away! Pets have been reunited with their families after being lost for days, weeks, or months. Expand your search in case your pet has been found and transported out of your immediate area.