If you found a friendly stray cat, a feral or community cat, or a kitten/litter of kittens, start here.
Always assume a stray animal is somebody’s lost pet and carefully check for a collar with ID tags and, if present, immediately call the number on the tags or collar. If the pet is wearing a Contra Costa County license tag, you may go to https://www.petdata.com/ and search for the tag number by entering it in the “Tag Search” field. If identified, it will provide the owner’s contact information, which you can use to contact the owner to let them know you’ve found their lost pet.
You can also take the animal to your local vet or shelter to be scanned for a microchip, which may be implanted under the skin. A microchip may lead you straight to an owner, or you can visit www.petmicrochiplookup.org to research a microchip number.
It’s possible that this pet has a person or family who misses them may have already filed a lost pet report. Check here every few days and put up signs in the area the pet was found, because an owner may be out looking for their pet, or they may be at work or out of town and not even know their pet is missing.
If you are unable to locate an owner, you may keep the Found pet in your home, provided you file a found report, check for microchip/ID and make concentrated efforts to locate the owner. If an owner does not come forward, you may be considered the legal owner per CCC Ord. 416-2.010 and after complying with applicable lost property laws in your jurisdiction.
You may file a report of the animal(s) you found by clicking the appropriate link above. You will be given the option to upload a photo of the animal(s), so please add a well-lit photo that includes the pet’s face and body. You will receive automated email notifications when an animal matching your request is reported lost in the area, and our lost and found volunteers may reach out to you for updates. If you are unable to keep the animal(s) in your home, you do not need to file a found pet report. If the animal(s) is impounded at Contra Costa Animal Services, they will be scanned for a microchip and photographed at the time of impound, then added to our website.
Animals don’t know city limits, and it’s possible they may have been relocated from out of Contra Costa County. Check with other shelters in the area and visit our Resources page for additional hints and tips to increase the chance of getting your pet back home.
IMPORTANT! WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT ANIMALS FOUND WITHIN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ANTIOCH. IF YOU FIND A STRAY ANIMAL IN ANTIOCH, THEN THE ANIMAL MUST BE TAKEN TO THE ANTIOCH ANIMAL SHELTER.
Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) provides Animal Control and Sheltering Services to 18 of the 19 Cities in Contra Costa County, as well as the Unincorporated areas of the county. CCAS does not serve the City of Antioch.Our shelter in Martinez is a full service facility with our Field Services, Medical, Clerical, Shelter, Administrative staff and volunteers. The Martinez Shelter is able to accept stray dogs and other injured, sick, or abused stray animals by appointment only. Please call 925-608-8400 in advance if you have found an animal other than a dog or cat so our staff can provide you appropriate directions.