If your pet is lost in Manchester, report it to us immediately. If someone finds your pet, there is a good chance it will end up at our shelter. If your pet does come into the shelter, it will be put on hold (cats will be held for 3 days and dogs for 7 days) in hopes that you will come looking for them. Plan to visit the shelter every 2-3 days while your pet is missing, and bring in a recent photo to help us identify it.
Tips for Finding Your Pet
First, check inside the house to make sure they are not hiding (especially cats). Places you might want to check include:
- Reclining chairs
- In box spring mattresses
- Under beds
- Behind and inside furniture or appliances
- In the chimney
- In heating ducts
- Wrapped in the bottom of drapes
Once you have searched the house you will want to contact your local shelter and surrounding shelters in the area. Start searching your outside property. Start by checking bushes and trees in the yard. You will also want to check surrounding properties; be sure to check under sheds, porches and any other hiding spots an animal might be able to fit. Also check for abandoned properties or empty houses near the home.
Talk to Neighbors, Print Flyers
Go door to door to neighbors asking if they have seen your lost animal, bringing a photo along to show – it will help the people recognize your pet. The more people you tell, the more eyes you will have watch out for your pet – this will help in pin-pointing where your pet might be or has been.
Print flyers to hang in your neighborhood and at local shelters. Flyers with pictures are easier for people to identify your missing pet. Place an ad in the local paper. If you have recently moved, check your old neighborhood.
Leave food and water out on a porch along with a belonging that has a familiar scent.
Go out at night when everything is quiet, call for your pet and listen for any response. The best time is between 1 and 5 AM when it is dark and quiet. It will be easier for your pet to hear you call them and also for you to hear them if they meow or bark or if they happen to be trapped up a tree or possibly in a shed.
Don’t Give Up!
Do not give up after a few days! Many pets have been found weeks or even months after they disappear.
- Contact the Animal Control Division of the Manchester Police Department right away (603-628-6043). Notify them that you have lost a dog and be prepared to provide a full description of the dog (breed, color) and any identifies, such as ID tags, collar, scars, etc.
- Call the animal shelter (603-628-3544) and report the missing dog. There is a chance it may already be there.
- Fill out a missing Lost Dog report with Granite State Dog Recovery and check out their Quick Recover Plan.
- Contact the animal shelter immediately (603-628-3544) and let us know about your cat. Be prepared to provide a full description of the cat (breed, color, eye color, etc.) as well as any unique identifiers, such as collars, scars, etc. Also, let us know the location from which the animal was lost, including the name of the nearest major road. We will log this information in our Lost & Found book.
- Bring a recent photo of your cat to the animal shelter along with its name and the date and area where it was lost. Include your contact information on the back. We will post this on our Lost & Found board.
- Do not delay before contacting the shelter. We only hold cats for 3 days before making them available for adoption.
- Post signs in your neighborhood. Include a photo or a thorough description of the animal and your phone number.
- Ask neighborhood children and seniors if they have seen your pet. Children tend to be outdoors more and encounter more animals, and the seniors tend to be home more during the day.
- Visit (or at least contact) the animal shelter daily to make sure your pet has not been admitted. We do our best to match them up, but no one knows your pet better than you.