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Lost Pets

What To Do If You Lose Your Pet

If your pet goes missing, you should:

  • be prepared to give a detailed description of your pet, including distinguishing markings, tatoos, license tag number or microchip number.
  • look around your neighborhood and ask your neighbors if they have seen your pet.
  • contact the HRM Call Centre at 490-4000, 1-800- 835-6428 (toll free in Nova Scotia only) and file a lost pet report if you can't locate your pet. Animal Services staff will review the report and call you if any animal at the shelter matches the description of your pet. Check back frequently and please call back to advise if your pet has been found.
  • check Animal Services' Found Pets photo pages. Our pages are updated each time a pet is picked up or leaves our custody.
  • contact local veterinary clinics.
  • visit local shelters in person. Animal service providers may describe your pet differently than you do. A description or photo is no substitute for your eyes.
  • post notices, preferably with a picture of your pet at local animal shelters, pet stores and veterinary clinics. Alway ask permission before posting a notice.
  • place an ad in the lost and found section of local newspapers

What To Do If You Find A Lost Pet

If you find a lost pet, you should:

  • not approach the animal if it is showing signs of aggression. Take note of the animal's appearance including any distinguishing markings, and the location and time you saw the animal. Call the HRM Call Centre at 490-4000, 1-800- 835-6428 (toll free in Nova Scotia only) to report an aggressive animal at large.
  • approach the animal only if it appears friendly and you feel comfortable doing so. If you are able to catch the pet, keep it in a safe, secure place. Take note of the animal's appearance including any distinguishing markings, tatoos, or license tag number. Contact the HRM Call Centre at 490-4000, 1-800-835-6428 (toll free in Nova Scotia only) to file a found pet report.
  • ask people in the area if they are familiar with the animal.
  • if the pet is wearing a collar with a rabies tag, contact the veterinary clinic that issued the tag.
  • place an ad in the lost and found section of local newspapers.