What to do . . . If you’ve LOST or FOUND a pet

If your pet is MISSING  

It’s so scary when a pet becomes lost — countless what-ifs, and the fear you might never see them again. Following are tips to prevent your pet getting lost, and what to do if it happens.  

Microchip and keep contact info current. The majority of reunions are thanks to microchips. Causes for separation are many — don’t make the mistake of believing it can’t happen to you.  

Keep collars/current tags on. Cats often lose collars; if yours roams, check to be sure it’s still on, and if not, replace it immediately. Machines at pet and even grocery stores make it easy (and affordable) to get a new tag on the fly.  

Keep current photos. Those on your phone can be sent to your computer to make a flier if needed. 

Fortunately, unlike humans, you needn’t wait 24 hours after a pet goes missing to report it. Start the search checking nearby places; for cats this includes all nooks and crannies — they can hide in unbelievably small spaces. Talk to neighbors, including kids, who are more often outdoors and usually love pets (and helping).  

Check local shelters and lost pet postings at local veterinary clinics, pet stores, and nearby businesses. Have fliers ready to post as well — fliers should have a decent photo, a brief, clear description, where/when your pet was last seen, and contact information.  

Get online. Post your flier, or your pet’s photo and info, on Facebook, craigslist, nextdoor.com, and any other sites with lost/found pages — including shelters and vet hospitals. Keep posts current and be available for people to reach you. Don’t give up hope. Pets go missing every day and there are many happy endings.  

NOTE:  Visit the shelter, don’t just call. Staff and volunteers carry a heavy load, and are caring for many pets — potentially making it tough for them to spot yours. You, on the other hand, will likely sight your sweetpea almost instantly if he or she is there. 

If you’ve FOUND a pet  

Finding a lost pet can be exhilarating as well as stressful. Did someone abandon him? Is s/he injured or unwell? Does s/he have a family missing him or her, or could s/he have been mistreated or abandoned?  

Social media is packed with stories of mistreated pets, so it’s easy to assume that if a pet is lost s/he didn’t have a good pet parent. But that’s not always the case. Pets go missing for any number of reasons. Fireworks. Construction or remodeling. New babysitters. Kids coming and going, leaving doors ajar.  

First things first

Will the animal come willingly, so you can get him or her to safety and investigate where s/he belongs? If yes, here are tips for helping get a lost pet home.  

-        If the pet has tags, try the contact information.

-        Have a veterinarian scan for a microchip. If s/he is chipped, contact the registered owner.

-        If no tag or microchip, hopefully the vet will do a quick wellness exam, and they or you can contact the local animal shelter who will take over from there.  

You can do more

-        Being a good citizen, you can post all the same ads you would if your pet was lost. Contact local clinics to see if they have a patient matching the pet’s description and post a description and photo(s) of the found pet on Facebook, craigslist and nextdoor.com where family — or friends of the family — might see it.

-        Most animal shelters must hold a pet for a set number of days before making him or her available for adoption. This is when the chance is greatest for reuniting the pet with its family.  

Unable to capture

If you cannot get the pet, don’t force it. Some may react aggressively purely out of fear. Also, you don’t want to spook the pet and potentially lose sight of it or put it in harm’s way. Contact animal control for help. Stay in the vicinity with the pet if you can. Try not to corner him or her, but do try luring and building trust with food or treats. If all efforts fail, from time to time a lost pet will linger in the area. Put out food and fresh water and keep an eye on social media pages. Contact shelters and veterinary clinics, and even post ‘FOUND’ posters in the area. Hopefully his or her family will spot one and comb the area. Often a pet is just waiting for someone familiar. 


Bonnie L Hays Animal Shelter, West Side  *  co.washington.or.us/HHS/AnimalServices/AnimalShelter

 Clackamas County Dog Services  *  clackamas.us/dogs

 Family Dogs New Life Shelter  *  familydogsnewlife.org

 Humane Society for SW Washington  *  southwesthumane.org

 Multnomah County Animal Services  *  multcopets.org

 Oregon Humane Society  *  oregonhumane.org

 Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals  *  ofosa.org

 The Pixie Project  *  pixieproject.org

 Make fliers:  search.petfbi.org/lost-pet-flyer.aspx

Bonnie Hays Shelter Reminds Pet Owners to Take Special Care During the Oregon Air Show

It's a time when many frightened pets run away

While you’re looking skyward at the stunts and majesty of flight during the Oregon Air Show in Hillsboro this weekend, remember to think of your pets on the ground. Every year, many animals, frightened by the noise, bolt from their homes.

“When we humans see the magnificent planes flying in formation we are thrilled. To a pet, they are a terrifying threat. Animals presented with a threat like that are very likely to do anything they can to escape,” says Deborah Wood, manager of Animal Services at the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro.

To prevent pets from becoming frightened and lost, pet owners should be prepared much like they are for the Fourth of July.

To prevent your pet from becoming lost:

**Make sure your pet has identification. Every pet should have collar tags and a microchip.

**If you live within earshot of the planes, keep your pets inside this week. “Frightened animals can get out of a fenced area they would never leave under normal circumstances,” says Wood.

**Make your home a sanctuary for your pet. Have an interior room (such as a bathroom or basement with no windows) where your pet can stay if he’s fearful of the noise. Keep a radio or TV on for “white noise” to soften the sounds of the airplanes. Many people find that ThunderShirts, available at pet supply stores, can also be calming for pets.

If you lose a pet:

Check with the Bonnie Hays shelter. All stray animals are available to view on the shelter’s website (www.washingtoncountypets.com – click on “Lost and Found”).

Also, call the shelter and report a lost pet even if the pet is not on the website – the shelter may have received a “found pet” report from someone in the community. The number to call for a lost or found pet report is 503-846- 7039.

People can pick or drop off stray pets found in Washington County from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. The shelter is closed on Sundays. The shelter is located at 1901 SE 24 th Street in Hillsboro (on Tualatin Valley Highway adjacent to Lowe’s and Home Depot).

Department of Health & Human Services ● Animal Services Division ● 1901 SE 24 th Avenue, MS 53, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Phone (503) 846-7041 Fax (503) 846-7074 E-mail Animal_Services @co.washington.or.us

Advice for Lost and Found Pets During the July 4th Holiday Period

The July 4th holiday is the number one time of year for pets to go missing. This year, animal advocates worry that it may be a record year because the 4th is at the end of a long weekend. “We are afraid that people will start partying and exploding fireworks on Friday night and not stop until Monday night,” says Deborah Wood, manager of Animals Services for Washington County and the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter. 

The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro will be open on Sunday and Monday for people to bring in “found” pets from Washington County and for people to pick up their lost pets. 

Here is advice for people who have lost a pet – and for people who might find them: 

Lost a pet? 

**Check with your local county animal shelter – those are the organizations that take in stray animals. In Washington County, that is the Bonnie Hays Small Animal Shelter. “Every stray animal in our shelter is on our web site within an hour,” says Wood. To see lost pets, go to www.WashingtonCountyPets.com  and click on “Lost and Found” then “View Lost Pets.” Other local county shelters have similar information about lost pets in their shelters at their web sites. 

**Also check shelters throughout the metropolitan area. “Sometimes animals that started out miles away end up being found in our County – and animals who live in Washington County find their way to other communities,” says Wood. 

**Scour your neighborhood as soon as you know your pet is missing. “Ask your neighbor if they’ve seen your dog or cat. Children often know everything that’s going on, and may know exactly where your lost pet is hanging out,” says Wood. Make flyers with your pet’s photo and your phone number on them. Put them up in the neighborhood and go door-to-door in the area the pet was last seen. Also check with your local pet-related businesses, such as veterinarians, pet supply companies, and other local places where people might take a pet. 

**Make it inviting for your pet to return home. Immediately put out tasty treats, water and your pet’s bed or an item with your smell on it. Your pet may return once it calms down, especially if it senses a piece of home. 

Found a pet? 

If you find a stray dog or cat, assume that it is someone’s beloved pet that has accidentally gotten away and not a “dumped” or neglected animal. A few easy steps can help reunite people and their pets: 

**Bring the pet to your local county shelter, or call and make a found pet report. In Washington County, that’s the Bonnie Hays Shelter in Hillsboro. “This is the place that people come to find their lost pets. It’s the best bet for reuniting an animal with its owner,” says Wood. Shelter staff can scan pets for microchips and they actively look for owners. 

**If a dog has a Washington County license, you can look up the owner on your home computer. Just go towww.WashingtonCountyPets.com, click on “Lost and Found” and click on “License Look-Up.” When you type in the dog’s license number, you’ll get the phone number of the owner. Multnomah County has a similar service. This can save you (and the dog) a trip to the shelter. 

**Talk to your neighbors. Kids are especially likely to know where a lost pet lives. You can also put up a “Found Pet” sign in your own front yard, where an owner might see it if they are out searching. 

The Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter will be open on July 3rd and 4th to intake stray animals and reunite lost pets with their owners! Hours will be 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

The Bonnie L. Hays shelter is located at 1901 SE 24th Avenue in Hillsboro. It’s just off the Tualatin Valley Highway by Lowe’s and Home Depot. Phone: 503-846-7041.

Helpful web sites: 

Washington County Animal Services: www.WashingtonCountyPets.com

Multnomah County Animal Services: www.multcopets.org

Clackamas County Dog Services: www.clackamas.us/dogs

Tips for Safety and Sanity On the 4th of July

Crazy things can happen around Independence Day, and stories of lost pets on the 4th are legion. Typically it's tales of dogs or cats who busted out of fenced yards or window screens, or even chewed through doors or crates in a manic attempt to escape the cacophony of terrifying noise.

My most memorable experience was a little different.

Early July 2013, I heard strange sounds in the middle of the night. I awoke the next day to find my car scratched and my utility trailer toppled. When it happened again the next night I went to investigate and ran smack into a Jersey bull in my driveway. While I do live in a rural area, I was not aware of a local resident bull. Turned out this 1500-pound neighbor had been wandering the neighborhood for days. He’d even made the news and some believed that 4th of July fireworks had spooked him, causing him to charge through his enclosure. This tale had a happy ending — neighbors and I were able to safely corral him, and the animal was reunited with his family.

Many summer escape artists aren’t so lucky. According to PetFinder.com, more pets are lost on the 4th than any other day of the year, making July 5th one of the busiest days for shelters nationwide.

A little prep can go a long way in ensuring 4th festivities are safe, fun, and sane for everyone in the family.

“My number-one tip this time of year is to be considerate and collaborate with neighbors,” says Amy Linder, Deputy Fire Marshal in Eugene.. If you’re hosting festivities, she says, “Have the courtesy to have a respectful conversation and let them know your plans and timeframe so they can plan accordingly to pre-medicate or go elsewhere.” Of course, if you’re not having a party, your neighbors might be, so again, engage in conversation so that you, too, can plan.

Of course festivities often begin before the 4th – with parties leading up to the holiday, including fireworks and noisemakers. 

Comfort for the fearful

  • Talk to your vet about tranquilizers. Not all meds affect every pet the same way — Valium works great for some, for example, but causes anxiety in others. If possible, try meds ahead for the best chance at finding something that works well for your lovebug.
  • Thundershirts work wonders for some. These “jackets” apply gentle pressure to calm anxiety, fear, and overexcitement.
  • Natural remedies — also worth discussing with your vet, or neighborhood pet supply, who are often very knowledgeable. Rescue Remedy among the most popular treatments; its five flower essences soothe panic, impatience, shock, and anxiety.
  • Tellington Touch – or TTouch therapy – is also known to alleviate anxiety. 

Check the perimeter

  • Make sure they’re secure: rooms, windows, doors, fences and gates. Signs on same can help by reminding you and guests to be vigilant about keeping pets safely inside. 

Set them up for a good day

  • Exercise your pet early in the day, when it’s cooler, fireworks should be minimal or not yet going, and to encourage restful sleep during the festivities.
  • Keep pets indoors, ideally in an interior, escape-proof room. If crate trained, a blanket-covered crate can provide a cozy nest within the safe room. 
  • Give them something to do. Jenn Fiendish, Vet Tech and Specialist in Behavior with Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland says this can help during festivities. “Provide favorite toys, feeder toys filled with a meal, etc.”
  • Minimize stimuli by blocking sights and sounds.  Draw the drapes/shades, run a fan, and/or play soft, soothing music or white noise. Fiendish says keep in mind, some radio and TV stations broadcast programs or ads featuring booming, patriotic sounds throughout the day. 

Get them in uniform

  • Make sure your pet has ID, a current microchip, tattoo, etc.
  • Write or stitch your number inside your pet’s collar or clothing.  

Clean up holiday hazards  

When the party’s over, check your home and yard for debris before letting your pet out, including:  

  • sparklers and fireworks
  • matches, charcoal, lighter fluid
  • kabob skewers
  • citronella candles, tiki torches
  • alcohol and foods (keep pet-specific treats on hand for those who want to pamper your pet)
  • sunscreen, insect repellent, and toys not designed specifically for pets 

If your pet becomes lost 

  • Check local shelters (see list below).
  • Post ads on craigslist, Facebook, and Nextdoor.com.
  • Create a flyer. Search “Lost Pet Flyer” online for easy, printable templates, and be sure to include multiple, current photos of your pet from different angles, showing any identifying marks. A shot with you can demonstrate ownership later if needed. Distribute flyers in your area and through social media. 

Plan ahead

If your otherwise carefree critter suffers from severe pet noise phobia, Fiendish suggests planning ahead for next year. She says counter-conditioning and desensitization programs can be successful, but often take months. Still, she says, it can be worth it. “I’ve seen dogs that ripped skin off their legs in mindless terror on the 4th who, with desensitization conditioning, came to respond to the first fireworks of the year by wagging their tails knowing all was well and a yummy treat was coming.”

Animal Aid, Inc.  *  503-292-6628

Cat Adoption Team  *  503-925-8903

Clackamas County Dog Services  *  503-655-8628

Clark County Animal Protection & Control  *  360-397-2488

Columbia County Animal Control  *  503-397-3935

Columbia County Humane Society  *  503-397-4353

Greenhill Humane Society*  541-844-1777

Homeward Bound Pets  *  503-472-0341

Humane Society for SW Washington  *  360-693-4746

Humane Society of Central Oregon  *  541-382-3537

Indigo Rescue  *  503-626-7222

Marion County Dog Control Services  *  503-566-6966

Multnomah County Animal Services  *  503-988-7387

Newberg Animal Shelter  *  503-554-9285

Oregon Humane Society  *  503-285-7722

Yamhill County Dog Control  *  503-434-7538

Washington County - Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter  *  503-846-7041

Willamette Humane Society *  503-585-5900

A pet mom and surrogate livestock handler for neighbors, Jo Becker is passionate about disaster planning for the entire family, including our nonhuman friends. Learn more about Jo at JoBecker.weebly.com/animals-in-disasters.html.

4th of July - Keeping them safe through the “storm”

Some pets truly suffer through fireworks or thunderstorms. Spot asked for tips from local experts, and most agree on prevailing tips and remedies. Sarah Fuller of NoPo Paws and the folks at Multnomah County Animal Services nicely summed up prevailing wisdom on keeping fearful pets safe and comfortable through the fireworks and thunderstorms they dread.

Fighting the Fear

From Sarah Fuller, NoPo Paws

We encourage pet parents to start thinking about the 4th in June so they may be prepared by the time we start hearing fireworks in early July. I encourage folks to set up a quiet, calm area at where the noise of the fireworks will be less impactful to a pet.  We use our finished basement for this. Play either the radio, TV or some white noise to further help muffle fireworks sounds.  I recommend preparing a frozen Kong or purchasing a long-lasting, high-value chew like a raw bone, and giving it to your dog right before fireworks begin.

These are great tips for all dogs, regardless of how frightened they are by the loud noises. However, if a pet experiences more severe anxiety, we recommend one or a combination of the following: Thundershirt, herbal calming remedies, like Animal Apawthecary’s Tranquility Blend, or calming treats. These products should be tested well ahead of the 4th to gauge your pet’s response; they are also available in cat varieties.

Not all pets react the same to calming products, and by testing them you can see how they work for your pet and adjust as needed to provide the greatest relief. Additionally, never assume your pet’s reaction will be the same from year to year. In our household, one dog has gotten more relaxed year to year (with the use of Tranquility Blend) while another dog has gotten worse and now requires both the Tranquility Blend and the Thundershirt.

My final recommendation is to utilize the fireworks in the days leading up to the 4th as a training opportunity to desensitize your pet to the bangs and explosions. Carry a treat pouch at home, and every time you hear an occasional firework, reward your pet’s calm behavior with a treat. With consistency, your pet might even change his or her mind about the fireworks and begin to look forward to each bang because they know it predicts a yummy treat!

What to do if you lose — or find a lost — pet

From Multnomah County Animal Services –

Each year, MCAS experiences are large influx of lost animals around the 4th. When pets hear the explosions, some startle and bolt. Unfortunately, some are even injured by fences and cars as they attempt to flee.

If you lose or find a pet, please visit MultCoPets.org. As the primary stray holding facility for Multnomah County residents, we offer detailed lost and found information.

If you lose a pet, check the shelter and submitted reports early and often. MCAS is offering a "Reunited We Stand" special through July 12th. All licensed pets that find their way to the MCAS shelter during this time can be redeemed at no cost.

If you've found a pet in Multnomah County wearing a license tag, you can look up owner contact information on the MCAS License Lookup page. If no license tag and you don't find the owner after searching the lost reports, you are required by law to report the found animal at MultCoPets.org. You may care for the animal yourself until the owner is located or take it to the shelter during regular business hours. For complete instructions, click on the “Found a Pet?” tab.

New online classifieds offer free missing pet ads

More than 10 million pets are reported lost every year, a heartbreaking situation for families that sends them scrambling to create posters, contact area shelters and blast social media sites with photos in hopes of getting their lost family member home. Now Adplotter, an online classifieds site, is offering PetPlotter, a free service that allows families to post pictures and descriptions of lost pets to hundreds of websites with just one click. Adplotter’s owners are pet guardians themselves, and created the site as a way to give back to the animal community and help families who just want to get their pet back home.  Learn more at PetPlotter.com

July 4th Safety for Pets

4th of July celebrations might be fun for people, but they’re downright scary for many animals, especially cats, dogs and horses.  The sights, sounds and commotion can confuse animals and make them nervous, which can cause them to run away or place themselves in harmful situations.

Tips for keeping them safe

  • Don’t take pets to fireworks displays.
  • Keep pets indoors and away from crowds so they feel more protected.  Noise causes some dogs to try digging out of yards, so keep them.
  • Crates are great for those trained and comfortable with them.
  • A fan or other "white noise" can help mask fireworks sounds.
  • Consider boarding in a safe place that’s away from the holiday action.  If you’ll be traveling over the 4th, boarding may be a much better option than leaving your pet at home.
  • Early behavior training can help desensitize animals to holiday commotion.  It’s important to teach puppies (ideally) or dogs how to handle loud noises through positive conditioning.  Don’t punish your friend for fearing thunderstorms or fireworks.
  • Your veterinarian may prescribe a sedative if your pet is fearful of fireworks.  Remember:  consult your veterinarian before administering any medications.
  • Make sure your sweetpea is wearing an ID collar and is microchipped.
  • Keep pets away from all festive fare, including fireworks, matches, lighter fluid, and food and drinks.
  • Keep horses indoors and away from the sound of fireworks.

If your pet does become lost

  • Check the neighborhood.  Pets have been known to be found close by the place of escape even several days later.
  • Post signs with your pet's photo and your cell number and email.  Best to use your first name only and not your home phone. Cell numbers are not as easily traced online to home addresses.
  • If your pet is microchipped (highly recommended), contact your microchip registration company. Once notified, they may activate a lost pet recovery network and/or place your lost pet on a "hot sheet" or social media networks.
  • Contact your veterinarian.  If your pet is wearing a collar with rabies tag (also recommended), the number can be traced to your vet and then back to you if the pet is found or taken to a shelter.
  • Contact local animal control, shelters and humane organizations.  If possible, visit daily to see if your pet has come in.  July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters.
  • Place a lost pet ad in your local newspaper and/or Facebook or Craigslist.
  • Check the paper and online sources daily for "found pet" ads as well as “pet for sale” ads.  People attempting to sell found or stolen pets on sites like Craigslist is on the rise.

If you have any concerns or questions about helping your animal stay calm and safe during the holiday, talk to your veterinarian.

©2014 Oregon Veterinary Medical Association
800-235-3502 or 503-399-0311 * Oregonvma.org

Searchers Gather to Find Dog Feared Lost Over Falls

Picture provided by the owner of portion of the trail where the dog fell.

Picture provided by the owner of portion of the trail where the dog fell.

A volunteer rescue team from the Oregon Humane Society is assembling now to search for a dog who the owner fears went over the edge of popular Punchbowl Falls in the Columbia Gorge. The dog, a one-year-old black labradoodle named Max, was reported to have gone off trail and over the edge of the falls yesterday evening. The health and whereabouts of the dog are not know at the present time. The owner reports that Max was not found in the water at the bottom of the falls (an 80 foot drop) and may be trapped on a ledge between the trail and the water.

A four-person rescue team from OHS will meet the dog's owner at the Eagle Creek Trail Head at 7 am this morning and proceed to make the two mile hike to where the dog was last seen. If found, the team will attempt to rescue the dog. Members of the OHS Technical Animal Rescue Team are trained in mountain and water rescues and have conducted several rescues in the Gorge.

OHS will post info about the rescue as it becomes available.


Keep pets safe and secure during the 4th of July


Portland, OR -  Independence Day is not a time of celebration for our pets.  The fireworks that we humans find so thrilling can drive pets, especially dogs, into a state of utter panic. The explosions (even miles away), the high-pitched swoosh of rockets climbing into the sky, the flashes of light - these can all be overwhelming sensory assaults. If your pet is terrified of fireworks, you probably know the signs: He cowers, trembles in fear or hides and appears disoriented. Some dogs become so frightened they take drastic action. They can crash through a screen door, jump out of a window or leap a fence.

Every year, Portland animal shelters have their hands full dealing with lost dogs that bolted on July 4th, cats that have gone missing and anxious owners looking for them. Sadly, some lost pets are never recovered.  There are ways to make July 4th safer and less stressful for pets. Keep your pet inside as much as possible on July 4th (and for a few days before and after if your pet is extremely phobic about fireworks). If you find a stray animal, please keep them with you until your local animal shelter is open and ready to receive them.

The Oregon Humane Society urges pet owners to follow the suggestions below to ensure their pets will not run off.

1)    Make sure all pets, even indoor-only cats, are wearing a collar with an identification tag that includes your name and telethon number. A microchip is also a good idea. Terrified animals will become confused and disoriented. They may end up miles from home or deep under a neighbor's porch. This simple precaution will save a lot of anguish, time, and energy.
2)    Fireworks are on sale now - that means kids may begin shooting them off early. Walk dogs in the early evening - well before nightfall - to prevent undue stress from noisy fireworks.
3)    During neighborhood firework displays, keep all pets safely inside. Dogs, and cats, who are agitated should be put into a bathroom or other room with no windows, with the door secure. Remember screen doors will not keep in a charging dog. Please do not take a dog to watch a large commercial firework display. This only increases the chances of him becoming lost in an
unfamiliar area.
4)    In extreme cases, check with your veterinarian about tranquilizers. 

If your pet becomes lost during the holiday (or at any time):

1)    Immediately check with your local animal control agency first.
2)    Put up flyers with a photo and detailed description of the missing pet.
3)    The Craigslist Website (http://portland.craigslist.org/) offers free lost and found pet postings.
4)    Check around the neighborhood carefully. Lost cats have been found days later hiding under a bush in front of their owners' homes. For dogs, expand the search area further than expected as a precaution. http://www.oregonhumane.org/lost_pets/overview.asp contains detailed information on what do to if you lost or found a pet, including links to county control agencies and tips for finding your missing pet.

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Contact information of shelters in the Portland Metro and Southwest Washington area

Clackamas County Dog Services
2104 Kaen Road, Oregon City, Oregon
Hours of operation: lost/found assistance Monday - Saturday 8:30 am - 4:00pm;  Dog Services is closed on Sunday and holidays, including the Fourth of July

Humane Society for Southwest Washington
1100 NE 192nd Ave. Vancouver, WA 98684
Animal Receiving & Lost and Found Viewing Hours Tuesday through Sunday noon - 6 P.M.  Open on July 4th

Multnomah County Animal Services
1700 W. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, Oregon
Hours of operation: Tues., Thurs and Fri., 11:00 am - 6:00 pm;  12:00-6:00pm Wednesday,  11:00 am - 4:30 pm Saturday-Sunday.
Closed Monday and Holidays including the Fourth of July

Oregon Humane Society
1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, Oregon
Hours of operation: Thursday - Saturday 10 am - 9 pm; Sunday- Wednesday 10am - 7 pm.  Closed on July 4th

Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter/Washington County Animal Services
1901 SE 24th Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon
Hours of operation: Mon., Tues., Thurs. Fri. and Sat., 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm Wednesday.
Open on July 4th for reclaiming pets only

Dove Lewis Emergency
1945 NW Pettygrove, Portland, Oregon 97209
Phone: (503) 228-7281
24 Hours, every day

Clark County Animal Protection and Control
1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver, Washington
360-397-2488   www.clark.wa.gov   Closed on July 4th


Celebrate the microchip


Autumn Krauss is smiling with joy because her beloved cat Portland is enjoying the family’s new home in Denver.  Nine months ago, she thought she’d never see him again.  Adopted from the Cat Adoption Team in 2005, Portland, a big Maine Coon, was microchipped prior to going home with the Krauss family.

A microchip is an identifying integrated circuit placed under the skin generally near the shoulder blades.  Chips are about the size of a large grain of rice and use passive Radio Frequency Identification technology.  When scanned, the chip number appears.  That number is linked to the owner’s information.

The key is keeping your information current with the chip registry.  This is a lesson Autumn learned.  Formerly residents of the Concordia neighborhood in NE Portland, after nine months abroad for work, her family settled in Denver.  Portland was living with a friend in Vancouver until they got settled.  Portland had different ideas, and escaped after two weeks at the friends’.  Despite the valiant efforts of her husband (while in Australia) to track him down, Portland seemed to have disappeared.

Fast forward to December.  Autumn opened an e-Tails newsletter from CAT and was wondering what became of their kitty.  She placed another call to the Humane Society of SW Washington in Vancouver and . . . terrific news!  Their beloved pet had indeed shown up two weeks prior.  Thanks to his microchip, the humane society had made several attempts to find the Krauss family — all failed due to their move.  Portland was transferred to CAT, where he still resided.  In no time, Autumn was on her way.  It was a very happy reunion.

Last month, Washington County Animal Services (WCAS) reunited Maddie with her family after she’d been missing for a year.  After exhausting all efforts to find their pet, her family had nearly given up when the Hillsboro shelter contacted them.  Thanks to Maddie’s microchip and her owners keeping their information current, she is now back with her family in NE Portland.

Thanks to her chip, Maddie’s family was able to positively identify her.  You see, while on the lam, she went from a slim kitty to a 16 pounder.  She looked quite different.  Microchips offer positive identification for lost pets who often lose weight, unlike Maddie, or get into tussles that alter their appearance a bit. 

In 2011, WCAS happily reunited 1,044 dogs and 99 cats with their owners thanks to microchips.  Nationally, only 19 percent of lost cats who make it safely to an animal shelter are reunited with their owners.

Microchips are a great secondary form of identification that should not replace a collar and current ID tag.  A chip works only when scanned.  If a good Samaritan doesn’t take a lost pet to a vet or shelter, the ID tag is the only chance the pet has for being reunited with his/her family.

Make sure your pet’s microchip information is updated when you move or change phone numbers.  After nine months of grieving for her pet, Autumn said this was her biggest lesson, and one she wants to spare others:  keep that information up to date.