If you discover your pet is lost, there are several things you can do:
- Look around your neighbourhood and ask neighbours if they have seen your pet. Be sure to include the time and approximate place your pet went missing. Let others know you've lost your pet. It may not have wandered far.
- Check Found Pets Search, the City's online public database of the found dogs, cats and small pets currently at the Animal Care & Control Centre. New animals are brought into the facility daily. On arrival, their photo is immediately uploaded to the database. Dogs and cats are held for 3 -10 days before they are assessed for adoption and transferred to the Edmonton Humane Society or other local rescue groups.
- Contact Guardian Veterinary Centre to see if your animal has been admitted. Guardian Veterinary Centre will accept sick or injured animals after hours and will bring them to Animal Care & Control Centre the following morning.
- Check online. Found pets are also often listed on websites such as Kijiji and Craigslist and the following Facebook pages: Animal Care & Control, Edmonton and Area Lost Pets and Edmonton Lost Pets.
- Check to make sure the contact information associated with your City pet's licence is correct. If your pet is licensed and wearing tags, Animal Care & Control will contact you if your pet is admitted to the City's facility.
If you locate your pet at the Animal Care & Control Centre, owners are generally responsible for paying shelter fees and may have to pay a fine for having an animal at large. Kennel fees for the first day are $25 and $15 each day thereafter.
Additional charges also apply for any veterinary treatment provided.
The fine for a pet at large is $100 and the fine for an unlicensed pet is $250.