File a lost report

Contact Dane County Humane Society at (608) 838-0413 to file a lost report for your pet. We will ask you for a complete description of your pet and gather information about where and when they went missing.

Cat colors can sometimes be difficult to describe but are very important in helping us to make a match. Learn more about how to accurately describe your cat

Email photos of your lost pet to Please enter “Find My Pet” in the subject line for us to receive your message. We will add these pictures to your lost report.

If you have previously reported your animal missing with DCHS and have been reunited, don't forget to call (608) 838-0413 or email to give us the happy news.

Check our lost pet database

This database contains stray animals who have been brought to the shelter as well as stray animals who have been found and are being housed by a member of the public. If you believe you have identified your missing pet in the database, please contact us at (608) 838-0413 ext. 100.


Come to DCHS

Come to the Main Shelter at least once every 4 days to look for your lost pet in person. Stray animals brought to DCHS must be held for 4 full days according to state law. If you come at least once every 4 days, you have the best chance to find your pet if they have been brought here. It is sometimes difficult to get accurate pictures and descriptions updated online and nobody knows your lost pet better than you! Lost reports will be kept 30 days after your last walk thru at DCHS so be sure to check in at the front desk.

Other helpful information

  • See our Lost Pet Brochure for other helpful hints on how to find your lost pet.
  • Post your lost pet on Craigslist under Community and Lost & Found.
  • Place a free ad in the Wisconsin State Journal under Buy & Sell, Community, Announcements, Lost Announcements. You can also call (608) 252-6363 to place an ad.
  • Post flyers in your neighborhood.
  • Call Madison's emergency care facilities:

Protect your pet

In addition to keeping a collar with identification tags on your pet at all times, microchipping is an effective form of permanent identification. It can be used in any kind of animal at any age and will last an animal's lifetime. DCHS offers collars and identification tags for sale in our Adoption Center as well as daily walk-in microchipping services during all open hours.

Learn more about microchipping