Finding Your Lost Pet
If your pet is lost, follow these steps:
- Check Lollypop Farm’s Stray Listings of pets who have been brought to the shelter.
- Submit a Lost Pet Report. We’ll use that information to help make matches with other reports and share your lost or found pet on our Lollypop Spotters Facebook page to help spread the word. If you have questions, please contact us at (585) 223-1330 or email us. (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 poster board works best. Look for “found” posters and flyers, too.
- FindToto provides a free lost-pet template maker.
- Post a “found pet” listing on social media, online lost and found sites, and in the local newspaper. Include the pet’s appearance, breed, sex, age, and date found, as well as your contact information and a good photo. Make sure to read the “lost” postings, too.
Rochester Dogs 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
Finding Rover – facial recognition search and free listing
PawBoost – free listing and alert service
Pet FBI – free listing and resources
Petango – free listing
Pet Amber Alert – paid alert service
FindToto – paid alert service and free resources
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.