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Want to help a lost dog or cat return home?

Did you find a stray dog or cat? Do you want to help him or her return home? Here are some tips on how you can reunite a lost dog or cat with its owner.

  • Remember that the dog or cat may be scared and confused. For your safety you may not want to approach an unknown dog or cat. Instead call the Lethbridge Animal Shelter at 403 320 4099 to request a pick-up or ask for advice on your next steps.
  • If you are able to approach the dog or cat check for any forms of identification:
    • Personalized ID tags on the dog or cat’s collar
    • City of Lethbridge dog license number
    • Rabies tag (will identify the dog or cat’s veterinary clinic)
    • Tattoo (usually in the right ear or on the flank)
  • A lost dog or cat may also have a form of identification that you cannot see – a microchip. The Lethbridge Animal Shelter or a local veterinarian clinic can scan the dog or cat and may be able to find contact information for the owner.
  • Ask neighbours if they recognize the dog or cat.
  • Put up notices (on mailboxes, community bulletin boards, etc.) in the area where the dog or cat was found.
  • Post the found dog or cat in the “Lost Pals” section of the Lethbridge Herald. Check back regularly to see if anyone has posted a lost pet that matches the dog or cat that you have found.
  • Use the internet. There are many websites available to help you find the owners of a lost dog or cat. Check out Kijiji, Petfinder, Facebook and Twitter (just to name a few).
  • If someone claims to be the dog or cat’s owner, it is a good idea to ask for identification and proof of ownership before returning the dog or cat to him or her.

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Lethbridge Animal Shelter
2405 41st Street North
Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 5W3
403 320 4099
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday