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Lost & Found Program

HSCC's Lost and Found Program gives our community a central location where lost and found pet reports can be made. Please remember, however, that many pets (lost dogs in particular) are picked up by local animal control, law enforcement, and caring citizens. Be sure to check with local authorities and neighbors as well as contacting HSCC.

REGARDING LOST DOGS, PLEASE NOTE:  State law mandates that stray dogs MUST be held at the animal control facility in the town they were found for a mandatory period (determined by the town, usually one week) before coming to HSCC. This mandatory holding period is provided to allow owners of missing dogs to claim their pets and retain ownership. After this period, the original owner loses legal ownership of the dog, and animal control is free to make all decisions regarding its future. If the dog is brought to HSCC, HSCC is given full legal ownership of the dog. 

If you have lost your pet, immediately search your property as both cats and dogs might seek a safe spot near or around your home.  These spaces can often be tiny little crevices so searching thoroughly is recommended.  Alert any neighbors about your missing pet and promptly take the proper measures below to ensure the highest likelihood of a safe return. Remember - all pets adopted from HSCC in the last four years have been micro-chipped. If your pet is an HSCC alum, be sure to contact us as well as the chip company and alert them that your pet is missing (as many companies provide additional services such as geographical email blasts and faxes to local animal hospitals and veterinary clinics.)

What do I do if I've lost my cat or dog?

Feel free to contact our Lost Pets Coordinator by calling 802-862-0135 ext.21 or by emailing LostPets @ chittendenhumane.org .

Adoption Center Hours

  • Tuesday - Friday: 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday & Monday: Closed

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