If You Have Found A Pet

Report the Found Pet to Us

Our shelter is the official pet lost & found in Washington County, so alerting us about a pet that you found is often the very best way to get the animal reunited with their owner. It is also required by law and the right thing to do. You'd want someone to try and return your pet to you!

You can report a found pet online using the link below, by coming to the shelter during business hours or by calling us at 503-846-7039.

If you call, please keep in mind that our staff is often busy helping other community members or caring for animals in the shelter. If there is no answer, please leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, city where you live, a description of the pet, and any identifying information such as a microchip number. We will return your call as soon as we can. We are closed on Sundays and holidays. If you call on those days, your call will be returned as soon as possible the next business day.

Report a found pet


Try to Contact the Owner Directly

Check to see if there is an ID tag or a phone number written on the pet's collar and try any numbers you find. Be sure to leave a message with your contact info if you don't reach them right away.

Dog License Lookup

If you find a dog wearing a Washington County Dog License tag, you can use our Dog License Lookup to retrieve the owner's phone number from our system.


Even if the pet doesn't have visible ID, they may still have a microchip that you cannot see or feel. We can scan the pet for a microchip here at the shelter and most veterinary clinics in Washington County (including emergency and after-hours clinics) will scan found pets for free. Even if the microchip isn't registered or if it has an outdated phone number, our staff may still be able to use the information to help find the owner.

Bring the Pet to the Shelter

Intake of healthy stray cats is by appointment only and there is a $15 fee per cat. This fee helps to offset our costs of caring for the cat and working to find its owner. We appreciate your understanding and do accept additional donations as well. Please call 503-846-7039 to schedule an appointment to bring a stray cat to the shelter. 

Thanks to Dog License fees, there is no charge for us to intake found dogs and we can often send an officer to pick them up as well. This service operates Monday-Saturday during our business hours and is dependent on staffing levels and priority of requests. Please call before 5 p.m. and understand that we may not always be able to pick up on the same day.

If You'd Like to Keep the Pet You Found

Whether you want to adopt the pet or simply want to keep the pet at your home while searching for the owner, you can learn more about the requirements on our "If You'd Like to Keep the Pet You Found" page.