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Have you lost your pet?

If you have lost a pet, please complete the form below. A member of our Lost and Found Team will provide a Lost Report Reference number for your pet by email and contact you if a potential match is found.

Please include a photo of your pet

All stray animals that arrive at GHS are checked for identification, scanned for a microchip, and compared to Lost Pet Reports on file. We rely on details that have been provided by you, the pet’s owner, to make effective matches. Please provide the information as fully as possible in your email and include a photo that clearly displays your pet’s markings. We kindly ask that you call the Guelph Humane Society with any updates on the status of your missing pet.

We encourage you to follow and check our Facebook page, GHS FOUND PETS at https://www.facebook.com/GHSfoundpets. The purpose of this page is to share the stray animals that come into the GHS in an effort to reunite them with their families. If you see a pet that may be a match to your lost pet, please contact us right away at 519-824-3091 or email lostandfound@guelphhumane.ca.

Tips to help you be reunited with your missing pet.  Start your search as soon as possible!

The following are tips to help find your pet:

  • Is it possible that your pet has become trapped or stuck in a room/closet/basement, etc. within the house?  Check your home closely for areas where pets may have become accidentally trapped.
  • Check all backyards, garages, and/or sheds and encourage neighbours to do the same.
  • Perform a “hands and knees search” – get down on your hands and knees and look under things like bushes, air conditioner units, and underneath BBQ covers.  Pets are often found hiding under places like this!  If they are frightened and hiding, they will likely not come when called, even if they normally do. Be sure that your radius stretches a few streets in all directions.  Ask for help from neighbours and friends to cover a greater area in a shorter time period.  Repeat the search at night-time with a flashlight, which will reflect off their eyes potentially making them easier to spot!
  • Place items that are familiar to your pet in the four corners of your property:  pillows, blankets, bedding, and in the case of cats, used litter boxes. These items will have their scent and may attract them back to your property.  If possible, leave the door to your home open a crack – cats may want to sneak back into their house without making a scene!  Please note that this is particularly successful at dawn and dusk. Do not leave pet food or other treats outside, as this may entice visits from wildlife or other community cats.
  • Make it known that your pet is missing by posting colourful posters with pictures of the missing pet around the neighbourhood.  Dropping posters off at houses on surrounding streets will alert your community that your pet is missing.  It is important to note that not all cats that are seen outside are perceived as lost; posters will let neighbours know that the cat is a loved family pet and they are in fact lost.
  • Share on social media that your pet is missing. Check and post on local Lost and Found Pets sites:
  • If your pet is microchipped, contact your microchip company to ensure your information is up to date.
  • If your pet is microchipped and once you have emailed your missing pets details to GHS at the lostandfoundpets@guelphhumane.ca we recommend that you file a second lost pet report with DocuPet, which issues the City of Guelph and the Township of Guelph/Eramosa’s required identification tags.

Guelph Humane Society’s Lost Animal Form:

Lost Pet Form
Type of Animal
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If you are reporting a cat, has your cat been declawed?
Has your pet been microchipped or tattooed?

Maximum file size: 3MB

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Have you found a stray pet?

If you found a stray animal, we can help!

Please call us at 519-824-3091 so our team can assist you. Please note that we strongly recommend keeping found animals in a secure space away from other pets and children, and to provide fresh water at all times.

  • Check the pet for identification; all cats and dogs in the City of Guelph, and all dogs in the Township of Guelph/Eramosa and Township of Centre Wellington are required to have a license. If you have found a pet who is wearing a City of Guelph or Township of Guelph/Eramosa license tag, enter the 7-digit code on the tag here to look up the pet’s public information. If you have found a pet who is wearing a Township of Centre Wellington license tag, please contact the Guelph Humane Society for more information.
  • The pet may have other tags, such as rabies, microchip, or vet clinic tags. If this is the case, contact the phone numbers on the tag, or call the GHS at 519-824-3091 and we help.
  • Ask neighbours if they recognize the pet.
  • Check social media and the internet for lost reports:

Info graphic - 4 signs a cat might have an owner. 1) collar 2) healthy 3)friendly 4) appear well fed



It is important to note that not all cats found outdoors are lost.  There is no bylaw restricting pet owners from letting their cats outdoors to roam. Paying special attention to the cat’s appearance such as weight, hair coat and estimated age of the cat can help determine if help is needed. When in doubt, it is always best to contact us to assist! Snap a photo of the cat and our team can assess the cat’s condition, and check Lost Pet Reports on file.





If a stray animal appears sick, injured or in distress, please contact the GHS immediately at 519-824-3091.


Thank you for helping pets in our community. Find out what happens next with found pets now in our care, by clicking HERE.