How can you make it easier to find your lost pet?
Make sure your pets are wearing a valid license at all times (dogs only) and identification or a microchip.
All dogs in New York City must be licensed
If an animal is acting in a threatening or dangerous manner, protect yourself and call 911 immediately. Do not try to handle or physically restrain an aggressive or fearful dog or cat. If an animal appears sick or injured, call 311. Do not try to make physical contact.
If you find a dog that has a New York City dog license tag, use the NYC Dog eLocator to help reunite them with the owner. Enter the 7-digit number on the dog license tag, your name, email or telephone number.
An email will be sent to the dog’s registered owner asking them to contact you. An email is also sent to the NYC Department of Health, which will try to contact the owner by telephone or mail.
If the animal has identification, you can also contact the owner directly. Identification comes in many forms, so please check the animal thoroughly for a tag or-tattoo. You can bring an animal to most shelters and veterinary hospitals to scan the animal for a microchip.
If you find a pet (with or without identification), you also can file a report online or bring the animal to a shelter.
Your pet may have been brought to an Animal Care & Control (ACC) shelter. You can file a lost pet report, and you should check ACC's website daily for new lost and stray arrivals. If you see an animal that fits the description of your lost pet, you must visit the identified shelter to reclaim your pet.
You may not recognize your pet from the pictures and descriptions posted online. Consider visiting a few shelters to see for yourself if your pet is there. Find out shelter hours and locations.