It can be hard to know where to start when you find a dog. Is there a family looking for them? How do you find that family?

We have put together an action plan to help you find their family.


  • First check for a dog tag. If there is a number, call it. You may be lucky and the family will answer. If it is a rabies, microchip or license tag, you can call the number on the tag and they may have the information in order to find the family.
  • Make sure to have the dog scanned for a microchip. Many vets will do this for free. Once you have the microchip number, you can call the microchip company to get information about the family.
  • Check with your neighbors to make sure the dog doesn’t live nearby. Also call local vets, rescues and humane societies. Many families call there too.
  • Think flyers are just for lost dogs. Think again. Make sure to flyer the neighborhood to raise awareness for your found dog.
  • Post a Found Dog Ad on internet sites: Make sure to fill out a found dog form for our Facebook page.  A very popular site is craigslist. Post in the lost and found section as well as pet section. Use a descriptive Ad title (Lost Dog, Brown Mini Dachshund) also in your ads description post as much information as possible including where he was last seen and the best picture you can find. Aside from Craigslist other sites you can post on are: Petfinder.com and your local humane society and rescues.
  • If you have any concerns about the dogs welfare, please contact your local law enforcement office.

What to do if a family comes forward

It is important that you meet the family in a safe place, it is a good idea to bring a friend or family member with you and meet in a public space. Safety first.

Make sure you get proof of ownership. This can be a photo of them with the dog, vet or adoption records. You want the dog to go to back to the rightful family.

Make sure to check out our five things to do if you have found a dog and our found dog checklist.