Lost Pets

Lost Pets

If you realize your pet is lost, don’t panic. There are many things you can do to find your pet.

Check our Stray Animals Page. Police from Hinsdale and surrounding villages bring stray pets to our shelter.

Or, call us at 630-323-5630 to see if your pet has been brought here.

What to Do If Your Pet Goes Missing

  • Immediately call local and neighboring shelters and animal care and control facilities to see if your pet has been brought there. Many of these facilities also post information about strays on their websites, so check there too. Some facilities require you to visit in person. Bring a photo of your pet. Be aware that sometimes pets are held in non-public parts of the facility. Continue contacting shelters every 2 to 3 days until your pet is found. Contact animal care and control facilities daily.
  • Immediately contact local and neighboring police departments. Continue contacting every 2 to 3 days until your pet is found.
  • Immediately start looking for your pet. The sooner you start, the better your chances of success. Begin looking at the point where the animal was last seen.
  • Check backyards, streets, and garages. Search during the day, and also at night. Cats often hide during the day in small sheltered places such as under porches, behind garbage cans, under cars, in sheds, in boxes, and in window wells. Cats climb so also look up in trees or on house tops. Dogs are often drawn to parks, woods, or school yards.
  • Notify neighbors, deliverymen, newspaper carriers, and sanitation workers.
  • Check local fast food restaurants, ice cream parlors, and other places where people might congregate.
  • Check the local grooming shops for breeds that require grooming.
  • Leave food and water outside your door to attract your pet.
  • Put out a box containing an unwashed item of your clothing in a protected area of the yard to attract the pet to your scent.
  • Create a poster using a clear photograph and post it at neighborhood places such as grocery stores, schools, laundromats, pet stores, and veterinarian offices. Use ink that won’t run if it rains.
  • Post a free ad for your pet on the following Lost Pet websites:
  • Place a lost ad in local papers to be run daily for two weeks, but do not use the pet’s name. Be sure to check found listings also.
  • When you find your pet, remove any posters and website postings. Also contact shelters, police stations, and neighbors to let them know your pet has been found.

Safeguard Your Pet

  • Make sure your dog wears a collar with a license and ID tag.
  • Keep your dog on a leash unless it is in a fenced yard.
  • Make your cat an “inside” cat.
  • Get your cat a collar with an ID tag and license (if required) since no house is escape-proof.
  • Have your vet implant a microchip. This helps ensure the return of your pet even if its collar is become lost.
  • Neuter your pet to reduce its urge to roam.

Important Contacts




Anderson Animal Shelter (Kane County)


1000 S. La Fox Road,
South Elgin, IL 60177

Animal Welfare League Chicago


6224 S. Wabash,
Chicago, IL 60637

Animal Welfare League Chicago Ridge


10305 Southwest Highway,
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415

Bolingbrook Animal Control


145 Royce Road,
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

City of Chicago Animal Care & Control


2741 S. Western Ave,
Chicago, IL 60608

DuPage Animal Control


120 N. County Farm Road,
Wheaton, IL 60187

Hinsdale Humane Society


22 N. Elm Street,
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Joliet Animal Control


175 W. Jefferson Street,
Joliet, IL 60432

Naperville Area Humane Society


1620 W Diehl Road,
Naperville, IL 60563

Burr Ridge Police Department


7660 South County Line Road #1,
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Clarendon Hills Police Department


448 Park Avenue,
Clarendon Hills 60514

Hinsdale Police Department


121 Symonds Drive,
Hinsdale 60521

Western Springs Police Department


740 Hillgrove,
Western Springs 60558

Indian Head Park Police Department


201 Acacia Drive,
Indian Head Park 60525

LaGrange Police Department


304 W. Burlington,
LaGrange 60525

LaGrange Park Police Department


447 N. Catherine,
LaGrange Park 60526

Oak Brook Police Department


1200 Oak Brook Road,
Oak Brook 60523

Willowbrook Police Department


7760 Quincy Street,
Willowbrook 60527

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