Lose a Pet? Find a Pet? What to Do.

IMPORTANT:  The Oshkosh Area Humane Society is contracted to care for stray domestic animals found within the City of Oshkosh and with many townships around the Fox Valley area. If you lose or find a pet outside of the City of Oshkosh the first step is to contact the Town Chairperson or Constable to either get approval to bring the found animal to OAHS or to get any information about sightings of the animal you have lost. For a listing of our stray contract areas (meaning if there is a stray animal found in these areas, they would be brought to OAHS) click HERE

LOST PET  (scroll down if you FOUND a pet) 

Follow these guidelines for finding your lost cat or dog. (Note: Photos of stray animals that come to OAHS are posted on the Found Strays Facebook page.  Pictures are up until the stray hold ends or until the animal is redeemed, whichever happens first.) 

1. Immediately file a "lost" report with all area humane societies, rescues and veterinary clinics. Many organizations, including OAHS, have an online form you can quickly submit so you can be contacted immediately if your pet comes in. Check the Stray Facebook page for all recent strays at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society. You can also call OAHS at 920.424.2128.

Submit a Lost Dog Report to OAHS.

Submit a Lost Cat Report to OAHS.

2. Post your pet online - Craigslist and Facebook are two online sites where you can get your pet's pictures posted along with a thorough description and your contact information. Facebook has both Lost Dogs of Wisconsin and Lost Cats of Wisconsin where you can submit the information and they will automatically generate flyers to distribute as well as offer assistance to help you find your pet.

3. Get the word out! Distribute flyers to neighbors and area businesses with a picture, description of your pet and your contact information. 

Helpful Tips
From Lost Dogs of Wisconsin (www.lostdogsofwisconsin.org): Immediately put out food, water and your dog's bed or an article of your clothing at the location where your dog was last seen. There is a good chance that your dog may return. Dogs rely heavily on their scent and they can pick up the scent of familiar objects to lead them home!

When Indoor Cats Get Lost:
1. Determine the escape point: When an indoor-only cat escapes outside, the best technique to use is to determine the escape point, like perhaps a door found cracked open
2. Follow the edge of the house or building: A panicked cat will typically follow along the side of the house, rather than risk slinking or bolting out into the open. However, this depends on what happens the moment that cat escapes — if the mail man is walking up the sidewalk the cat could bolt and run directly across the street. But most times, indoor cats will either slink left or slink right following the edge of the house.
3. Look for the closest hiding spots: Following the edge of the house to the right, look for the first hiding place — deck, access under a house, shed with opening, open garage, etc. — and focus on that area. Then do the same to the left.
4. Place humane traps, cameras or food in those spots: If you don’t see or find the cat, you can put humane traps there, wildlife cameras, or even a plate of food at first to see if it vanishes.

FOUND PET (Chances are, someone is looking for him/her!)

Please note it is against the law to keep any stray animal without first making a good-faith effort to find the owner.  For more information about this Wisconsin law click here.   

If the pet has no identifying tags or information that can directly lead you to the owner then, if you are able to safely capture the animal (always use caution) then bring it to the local humane society as that is usually the first place people look for their lost pets. If you cannot bring the animal to a shelter but have it at your home then file a Found report with local humane society, rescues and veterinary clinics. Most veterinary clinics and rescues also have the ability to scan the animal for a microchip.

Submit a Found Dog Report to OAHS.

Submit a  Found Cat Report to OAHS. 

Facebook has both Lost Dogs of Wisconsin and Lost Cats of Wisconsin where you can submit the information