How to Find Your Lost Dog in NYC Hassle-Free

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How to Find Your Lost Dog in NYC Hassle-Free

Losing a pet in any city is a scary notion. Lose your dog in a place like New York City and it's even more daunting. With so many people and tons of traffic, you don't want to think about your poor pet running loose with all the dangers lurking. Let DoNotPay help you find your quicker so you can stop stressing.

DoNotPay has some tips to help you prevent your cat or dog from getting out in the first place, as well as advice for what you can try if it happens anyway. If you're still struggling to find your furry friend, or just don't have the energy to continue the search efforts, we'll take over the task for you.

How Should I Go About Looking for My Dog?

Being unsuccessful in finding your can be nerve-racking. Here are some of the basic steps that you can do to increase your chances of locating your lost pet:

  1. Check the Lost Pet Database
  2. Reach out to NYC animal control
  3. Reach out to NYC animal shelters
  4. Post online

Posting a photo of and information related to your canine in multiple areas can help you find him or her sooner. You may even want to print out flyers and place them around your neighborhood and in nearby towns to get the word spread even further. Just be sure you check the town's rules for where you can post, or ask businesses if it's okay to place a flyer in their window or on a bulletin board.

Check the Lost Pet Database

New York does what it can to maintain a lost pet database. You can perform a simple online search to see if an animal matching your dog's description has been reported. You can start by selecting your pet type, either:

  • Bird
  • Cat or Kitten
  • Dog or Puppy
  • Rabbit
  • Reptile

Then, click the 'Find Animals' button and see if the results turn up your pup (or other animal).

Reach Out to NYC Animal Control

The NYC animal control office should be contacted immediately after you discover your dog is lost. Provide them with any identifying information you have about your dog, such as:

  • Name
  • Breed
  • Gender
  • Color
  • Any unusual marks or identifiers
  • Whether or not they were wearing a collar, and the color of said collar

To reach NYC animal control, use the following:

Phone Number646-741-4333
Address244 5th Ave. #F201

New York, NY 10001

Reach Out to NYC Animal Shelters

You should also report your lost dog with the same details about him or her to the animal shelters in the area. Some of the nearest options include:

Animal Haven212-274-8511
Social Tees Animal Rescue212-614-9653
ASPCA Adoption Center212-876-7700

Post Online

Spreading the word through online channels can also help. Be sure to post on your personal accounts to let your friends, family, and acquaintances know to be on the lookout. You can also join lost pet groups and pages and make a post with a photo of your dog there to get others in New York to watch out for your furry friend as well.

Are Dogs Usually Found in New York City?

Many dogs are found each day in New York City. Having your pet licensed and ensuring they are wearing their collar with identifying details at all times is pertinent if you wish to find your pet sooner. It's reported that one in three pets will go missing at some point within their lifetime.

How Can I Prevent Another Lost Pet?

It's possible to prevent your cat from running away or your dog from getting out if you keep a few important things in mind:

  1. Never leave doors or fences open.
  2. Make sure all animals are licensed, collared, and vaccinated.
  3. Get them microchipped.
  4. Make sure you properly acclimate your pet to new surroundings when you move.

DoNotPay Can Report Your Lost Dog in NYC for You

Allow DoNotPay to report your so you don't have to. The added stress of making phone calls and reports may be too much during this trying time. Just provide the information we need on your lost pet, and we'll get to work handling the rest.

Here are the three easy steps on how you can use DoNotPay to report lost and found pets:

  1. Search "lost and found pets" on DoNotPay, and select whether you're reporting a lost pet or a pet you've found.
  1. Enter the date and location you lost or found the pet and tell us more about them, including the breed, gender, whether they are wearing a collar, approximate size, and more.
  1. Upload evidence, such as a photo of the pet, so they can be identified, and enter your current contact information where you can be reached with updates.

What Other Losses Can DoNotPay Help Me With?

DoNotPay can also assist you with finding any lost items. Whether you want to find a phone you left in an Uber, your car keys, the wallet you dropped, even belongings you left on the Amtrak, or luggage lost at Newark Airport, we'll walk you through your best course of action.

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