What to Do About Lost Pets

This week’s San Diego fires defined the meaning of “chaos”.  Especially if you have pets and tried to figure out how to care for them during the calls for evacuation.  If, during the process, you lost your pet, it’s important to act immediately. First, call the San Diego County Department of Animals Services Dispatch at (619) 236-2341 to report your missing pet. Then, call our hospital – we take photos of nearly every patient and can quickly update our Lost Pets folder / board.  And, if your pet has been microchipped, contact either the veterinary hospital which carried out the procedure, or the company that administers the chip registration for your pet.

We maintain a paper record of all the pets we microchip, so don’t hesitate to ring us. Also, all our microchipped patients are registered with HomeAgain – their number is 1-888-466-3242.

What will hopefully happen (as was the case with one of our clients this past week) is your pet will be found and returned to a shelter or veterinary hospital. When read with a scanner, the chip’s ID will identify it as one administered by HomeAgain. A call to that number will quickly identify the owner and pet’s veterinary hospital.

Since HomeAgain relies on your registration information to notify you in the case of a missing pet, it’s very important to update this info if you move or change phone numbers. Feel free to give us a ring if you have any questions at all about that.