Lost Pets

Recovering a Lost Animal?

You need to act quickly if your pet is lost!

Look through the found pet reports
Check Helping Lost Pets to view animals who are currently at the Hamilton Animal Services shelter to see if someone has already found your pet. We post information about all found pets. Information is updated four times each day.

Create a lost pet report with Animal Services
Contact Hamilton Animal Services to leave a report: 905-574-3433 from Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Register with Helping Lost Pets to post a report.

Attend the shelter in person
Visit us at 247 Dartnall Rd, Hamilton, ON with current identification and a description of your pet, and anything they may have been wearing when it was lost. A good photo is a big help!

Even after reaching out to Animal Services you are still responsible for looking for your pet. You can try the following:

  • Put up lost pet posters in your neighbours’ mailboxes up to 10 blocks away from your home.
  • If your pet has a microchip, call the microchip company to make sure your address and phone numbers are up to date.
  • Consider posting lost reports on Kijiji, Craigslist, Facebook and local newspapers. You should look at the found reports on these sites too.

It's important to keep your contact info up to date


Hamilton Animal Services holds stray animals for a minimum of 5 days and up to 10 days (space permitting) for animals that have identification such as a traceable microchip or a licence. If a pet is wearing an id tag, an animal licence, or has a microchip, Animal Services will attempt to contact the owner. If Animal Services picks up a pet wearing a current animal licence we will drive your pet home.

 

Helping Lost Pets

Helping Lost Pets is a map-based website that helps lost pets get back home. The site lists lost and found reports posted within your community and across North America. 

Helping Lost Pets allows you to:

  • Upload a photo of your pet
  • Search found animals in the community.
  • Post and Print free lost and found reports.

Traveling out of town?

Email us at animal.services@hamilton.ca and let us know.
Tell us the name of your pet sitter and/or an alternate way to get in touch with you, in case your pet goes missing.

Once your pet has been found

Update Hamilton Animal Services at 905-574-3433
Update your Helping Lost Pets lost report.
Remove all flyers you have posted in your neighbourhood.

Follow us on Facebook to see the happy owners who were reunited with their animals this week!

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday - 10 am to 2 pm
Closed on Holidays

For Animal Control Officer response, dogs at large, animals in distress or deceased animals

24 hours a day, 7 days a week  
Phone: 905-574-3433

Monday to Friday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: 905-574-3433

Monday to Friday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: 905-574-3433