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I Lost My Animal

If you have lost your pet, you might be scared and confused about what you should do next. We are here to help! We have a few resources to help you out. First let's walk you through what to do right away.

Click here to view locally found animals. (Takes you to City of Chico Animal Services website)

Top 10 things to do when your pet goes missing:

  1. Look around your home under porches and bushes. Many times animals that escape are too scared to get very far away.
  2. Ask neighbors if they've seen your lost pet and to contact you if they do see them.
  3. Contact City of Chico Animal Services to file a lost pet report. 530-894-5630
  4. Visit City of Chico Animal Services to see if the animal has been brought in by the public or Animal Control. 2579 Fair Street in Chico OR View Animals at their shelter. We recommend doing an in-person visit to take a "walk-through" check for your animal, every 4 days.
  5. Check Northwest SPCA in Oroville...animals travel far and it could have been picked up by Butte County Animal Services. Animals found in unincorporated areas of Chico would be sent to this shelter. Website - 2787 South 5th Avenue  Oroville, CA 95965 - 530-533-7636
  6. Check your local newspaper and Craigslist for found animal listings. Post a free ad on Craigslist and consider paying for a lost ad in the newspaper.
  7. Make flyers including a photo and phone number and pass them out in your neighborhood. 
  8. Call your veterinarian and make a lost report. Ask local vets if anyone has brought in an animal fitting the description.
  9. If your pet is microchipped, call the microchip company and file a lost report.
  10. Do NOT give up! Many pets are found weeks or even months after disappearing!

Reclaiming Lost Animals:

City of Chico Animal Services cares for stray animals that are brought to them by Chico Animal Control Officers and by local residents in incorporated areas of Chico. If you wish to reclaim a lost pet please contact City of Chico Animal Services at 530-894-5630. 


The Hayden Act and How it Helps Your Lost Pets:

The "Hayden Law" is an unfunded mandate named after California State Senator Tom Hayden, who sponsored the bill passed in 1998, also known as Senate Bill 1785 or SB 1785. This legislation made animal shelters in California more accountable and gave the public more time to find their lost animals before they were euthanized. It mandated more "work friendly" hours to the public for going to the shelters, and in 2001 began offering owner-surrendered animals the same amount of time (four to six business days, not including the day of impoundment) to remain alive before being eligible for euthanasia.

The Hayden Law is an unfunded mandate that sets more humane standards for California shelters and has served as a model to other states, but has also come under attack and recently was in danger of being repealed completely. Butte Humane Society supports the intended goals of the Hayden Law and urges all animal advocates to learn more about this important mandate and help preserve and support its crucial legislation. For more in-depth information on the Hayden Law and its effects, we recommend reading this article.