All the sites listed below offer useful services to help you find your missing dog, but please be sure to read the information carefully. Fees, listing times, processes and services vary from site to site.
You may also find these tips for finding a lost dog helpful as you work to bring your beloved pet back home.
Lost Pet Websites
Missing Pet Partnership
Based in Federal Way, WA, the Missing Pet Partnership is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reuniting lost companion animals with their owners/guardians. It currently offers phone consultation services using volunteers trained to coach families in how to recover a lost dog or cat. On their website you will find several helpful resources, including lost pet recovery tips, instructions for making lost pet posters, and precautionary measures you can take to avoid losing your dog.
MPP is a non-profit but they ask for donations for their services. The information on their website is free.
Lost Dogs Illinois
LDI is a network of volunteers and dog advocates helping reunite lost and found dogs with their families. Although they only work in Illinois, they have great resources on their website and Facebook page that are extremely helpful regardless of where you live.
Lost & Found Pets Wa State
Lost Dogs of Snohomish County
Lost Dogs of King County
All three of these Facebook pages accept posts about lost dogs. Even if you don’t post, you should check them for found dogs if your dog has gone missing in any of the areas they cover.
OliverAlert.com is a free collection of advice and websites to help individuals who have lost or found a pet. The website offers valuable tools, helpful links, shelter listings and best practices for animal lovers with a missing companion animal. Oliver Alert uses social networking and online resources to help reunite pets with their families, publishing Oliver Alerts all over the world through Facebook.
Pet Amber Alert
When a pet is lost, Pet Amber Alert use phones, faxes and social media to alert thousands of neighbors, animal shelters, veterinarians, hospitals, and pet stores in the area the pet was reported missing. They claim their method has an average success rate of 77%. Prices for the service range from $39.95 to $99.95.
For a one-time $5 filing fee, you can file a missing pet report at www.lostpet.org. When your missing pet report matches a submission to its national database of lost pets, the party who has your pet will immediately receive an email marked “URGENT,” giving them your contact and reward information. You will also receive an email with the finder’s contact info (unless they opt to contact you first). Rewards are encouraged but aren’t mandatory.
When you report your pet lost, Home Again sends rapid Lost Pet Alerts with your pet’s Lost Pet Poster to members of the Home Again Pet Recovery Network within a 25-mile radius. Its nationwide lost pet network includes over 450,000 veterinarians, animal shelters, and volunteer Pet Rescuers ready to help protect your lost pet.
Pet Harbor will send hundreds of postcards to the area your pet was lost within 2-3 days after you place your order. Cost ranges from $399 for 500 postcards to $1,299 for 3,000. You can also check their database to see if anyone found your dog.
For a $19 fee (and $9 for each additional pet) you can put your dog in the Pets 911 national registry for a year. Your name and phone number is available to any Police or Animal Control Agency in the United States through its national toll-free number, if they should find your lost pet. After the first year the annual cost of listing any number of pets in the national registry is $9.
The Center for Lost Pets
This is a national database for lost pets administered by the Humane Society of the United States. There is no cost to list your pet.
Dog Amber Alert
A person with a missing dog can join dognamic.com for free and set up a profile with a missing dog flyer. Then they input their zip code, indicate their dog is missing, and the profile will be instantly sent out over the alert system for everyone to see. All members in a missing dog’s area will be notified via the ticker system.
Pet Detectives in Western Washington
Pet detectives can provide valuable assistance in recovering your lost dog. However, before hiring a pet detective please read this post from the Missing Pet Partnership about avoiding potential scams and problems when hiring a pet detective.
Helping Lost Pets
Chris DeLaRosa is available for phone consultations, e-mail consultations, lost pet poster design and placement, assistance with public awareness campaigns for your lost pet (intersection alerts and tagging cars), wildlife camera and trap rentals, and physical searches within a 30-mile radius of Des Moines WA. Check the website for rates.
Roaming Paws Lost Pet Services
Bonnie Beltz, a Missing Pet Partnership volunteer, is a certified MAR Technician with a certified cat detection dog named Rita May.
Bonnie will provide consultations by phone for both lost and found cats and dogs, assistance in humane trapping, wildlife camera placement, tagging of car windows, and advice on poster placement and intersection alerts. Equipment rental also provided (through Missing Pet Partnership). Physical searches will be limited to North Pierce County on weekends only, based on volunteer team availability.
Email Contact: gabiegift(at)hotmail.com
Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue
Jim Branson is a certified MAR Technician who has successfully recovered lost dogs and cats with his dogs Kelsy and Komu. Serving the Puget Sound area, Jim is available to do on-site searches for lost dogs and cats. Jim offers consultations by phone and email, neighborhood searches with a Cat Detection dog, dog location with a Scent Trailing dog, humane trapping, and equipment rental. Searches are limited to Western Washington. Check the website for rates.
Email Contact: jim(at)3retrievers.com