As an open admission animal shelter, we get a lot of calls and messages inquiring about missing pets. Here are the steps we recommend when your pet – or the pet of a friend – goes missing.
Call Animal Control
Most importantly, please call your local animal control and report your missing pet. Dogs are held by the city for 7 days, during which time owners can claim them. After 7 days, they are usually sent to local animal shelters.
Call Local Veterinarians
Call vet offices in your area. Often, people will bring lost or injured pets to the vet nearest them.
Call Berkshire Humane Society
Call our shelter to register your pet in our Missing Pets Book. Each animal stays active for 2 weeks, so call every 2 weeks until your pet is found. This must be done by phone.
Get the Word Out
Create and post flyers with a picture of your pet in the area your pet was last seen. Bring a flyer to the shelter and we will post one at our front desk. You can also post a flyer at local vet offices.
Post on our Facebook page as a visitor so our fans will see. Also consider posting to 3 Facebook groups: Missing Pets of Berkshire County, Pittsfield Lost Pets, and Berkshire County Pets. There are more, so do a search and see what groups serve your area.
Microchip Your Pet
When your pet is found, please let us know and bring them in for a microchip. Microchips are the best and most efficient way in reuniting pets with their owners. When animal control picks up a lost pet, or when a stray cat is surrendered to our shelter, the first thing we do is scan them. And remember to keep you information up to date!