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My pet is missing, what should I do?

The first thing to do, after thoroughly searching your own neighborhood, is to visit Indianapolis Animal Care & Control to report the lost pet and view the stray animals. You can visit us as often as you wish but you should stop in at least every couple of days to make sure the animal was not recently brought to our facility. Descriptions of the same animal can vary from one person to the next; so don't rely on a phone call to identify your pet.

When coming to look, please note that children 10 years of age and younger are not allowed in the stray dog/cat holding rooms.  If you have young children with you while looking for an animal, they will need to be supervised by a parent/guardian at least 18 years of age in the lobby.  Indianapolis Animal Care & Control staff cannot be responsible for watching children in the facility.

If you find your animal at the Indianapolis Animal Care & Control facility, you will need to provide proof of ownership for the animal (photos, vet records, microchip information).  There may also be fees and citations when your animal is released.

If your pet is not found at Indianapolis Animal Care & Control, please report your pet missing to Indianapolis Lost Pet Alert. This is a free and separate service, completely run by volunteers. 

Be sure to check out the other Indianapolis-area shelters:

City of Lawrence Animal Shelter
7699 East 53rd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46226
317.549.4814

Hamilton County Humane Society
18102 Cumberland Road
Noblesville, IN 46060
317.773.4974

Hancock County Animal Control
809 South State Street
Greenfield, IN 46140
317.477.4367

Hendricks County Animal Shelter
945 East Main Street
Danville, IN 46122
317.745.9250

Humane Society of Indianapolis
7929 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268
317.872.5650

Johnson County Animal Control
1061 Hospital Road
Franklin, IN 46131
317.736.3924

Shelbyville Animal Shelter
705 Hale Road
Shelbyville, IN 46176
317.392.5127

Speedway Animal Control
1390 North Lynhurst Drive
Speedway, IN 46224
317.241.2568