The first thing you should do when your pet is lost is search the area closest to where your pet went missing. Walk or drive your neighborhood and tell everyone you meet that you are looking for your lost pet and provide them with your contact information. Hang lost pet flyers (they’re more effective if they are printed in color) within a three-mile radius that include your pet’s information and a photo. Enlist the help of your friends and family by posting a photo and description of your lost pet on social channels like, Craigslist, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and asking your network to share your post.

If your pet has a microchip ID, contact the registry to verify that your address and phone number are up-to-date in their records. You should also contact the organization or county where you licensed your pet to make sure they have your updated contact information.

Next, check the animal shelters closest to where your pet was lost. Visit in person to file a report, and take along a photo. Check nearby animal shelters, too. You can find locations on the Metro Denver Animal Welfare Alliance website. You have a better chance of finding your lost pet by visiting the shelters in person. There’s a good chance the description you give over the phone may not match someone else’s description of your pet. You can also file a lost pet report using By using Pet Harbor, you will be able to notify multiple area shelters by completing just one form.

Here are more things you can do to find your lost pet:

  • Check other websites such as,,, and the Colorado Lost and Found Pets Facebook page.
  • Notify friends and neighbors that your pet is lost.
  • Contact veterinary practices in your area.
  • Check “found” ads and take out a “lost” ad in newspapers.
  • If your pet has been missing for more than 5 days, check pets available for adoption at local shelters.
  • Leave an item of your clothing, your pet’s bedding or toys, or cat’s litter box outside to help guide your pet back home.