First steps when your pet goes missing:

  1. Place Food and Water, a pet bed or an article of your clothing where you pet went missing.
  2. Post Flyers and signs with your pets photo & your phone number. Take flyers door-to-door in the neighborhood.
  3. Contact your local police department, animal control, vets, & animal shelters to report your pet missing.

Below are links to resources devoted to helping reunite pets with their families.

  • Lost Pets USA – The essential tools to reunite you with your pet.
    • Post a lost pet, post a found pet, search for a pet, create a flyer, find helpful tips and advice.
  • Lost Dogs of Illinois – Helping reunite lost dogs with their families
    • Facebook
    • Post your lost dog, post a found dog, search for your pet, find helpful tips and advice.
  • Lost Cats of Illinois- Reuniting lost cats with their owners
    • Facebook
    • Post your lost cat, post a found cat, search for your pet, find helpful tips and advice.

Helpful Information from Lost Dogs of America:

Dogs that are lost from stressful situations, dogs lost from somewhere other than home or dogs that have a shy demeanor, will quickly go into “survival mode”—avoiding all humans, even their owners. This is normal. Don’t panic, don’t allow people to search for your dog and please don’t offer a reward.

Rewards encourage people to chase an already scared lost dog which may make them bolt into traffic or cause them to leave the flyered area. Don’t hire a tracking dog service. They also increase the pressure on a scared dog and may drive him further away.

Instead, pretend that you are trying to catch a chipmunk. Would you chase a chipmunk through the woods? No, or course not. You would sit on the ground and patiently hold out a peanut. Change your strategy from “searching” to “luring”. Once the pressure is off and the dog is allowed to relax, he/she will come out of hiding in search of food. Ask your family and friends to help you flyer until you get a sighting. Then you can begin to implement a plan to catch him safely.

Adopt-A-Pet, Inc.
Foster homes in Mount Prospect, IL
847-870- 8999
www.adoptapet-il.org
Cats and dogs

Animal Education and Rescue
Foster homes in Libertyville, IL
847-816-0831
www.aear.org
Cats, dogs and small animals

Animal Outreach Society
Foster homes in McHenry, IL
815-385-0005
www.animaloutreachsociety.info
Cats

Anderson Animal Shelter
1000 S. LaFox St. (Rte. 31), South Elgin, IL
847-697- 2880
www.andersonanimalshelter.org
Cats and dogs

Assisi Animal Foundation
Crystal Lake, IL
815-455- 9411
www.assisi.org
Cats and dogs

Barb’s Precious Rescue
313 N Quentin Rd., Palatine, IL
847-907-4881
www.barbspreciousrescue.org
Cats

The Buddy Foundation
65 W. Seegers Rd., Arlington Heights, IL
847-813- 7206
www.thebuddyfoundation.org
Cats and dogs

C.A.R.E. / Evanston Animal Shelter
2310 Oakton St., Evanston, IL
847-705-2653
www.care-evanston.org
Cats and dogs

Cat Guardians
932 E St Charles Rd., Lombard, IL
630-543-3395
www.catguardians.org
Cats

Fat Cat Rescue
2201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., North Chicago, IL
224-303-4328
www.fatcatrescueinclakecountyil.org
Cats, including ferals

Feral Feline Project
Wheeling, IL
847-800-0095
www.feralfelineproject.org
Cats, including ferals

Green Pup Shelter
Foster homes in Lake Zurich, IL
847-946-1735
www.greenpupshelter.org
Dogs

Helping Paws Animal Welfare Association
257 King St., Crystal Lake, IL
815-459-2641
www.helpingpaws.net
Cats and dogs

Home at Last
Foster homes in Hoffman Estates, IL
847-508-3232
www.homeatlastpetrescue.org
Cats

Kay’s Animal Shelter
2705 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL
847-259-2907
www.kaysanimalshelter.org
Cats and dogs

On Angels’ Wings
5186 Northwest Hwy., Crystal Lake, IL
815-356-8170
www.onangelswings.org
Cats and dogs

Orphans of the Storm
2200 Riverwoods Rd., Deerfield, IL
847-945-0235
www.orphansofthestorm.org
Cats and dogs

PACT Humane Society
Foster homes / stores in Downers Grove, IL
630-375-7017
Cats and dogs

Pets in Need
Ringwood, IL
815-728-1462
www.petsinneedmidwest.org
Cats and dogs

REACH Rescue Inc.
1126 W. Maple Ave., Mundelein, IL
847-566-6799
www.reachrescue.org
Cats and dogs

Save-A-Pet
31664 N. Fairfield Rd., Grayslake, IL
847-740-7788
www.save-a-pet-il.org
Cats and dogs

Spay and Stay
Grayslake, IL
847-289-4557
www.spayandstay.org
Cats, including ferals

Tails of Hope
1628 Old Deerfield Rd., Highland Park, IL
847-557-9554
www.tailsofhope.org
Dogs

Young at Heart Pet Rescue
Foster homes in Palatine, IL
847-529-2025
www.yahpetrescue.com
Senior cats and dogs

A.D.O.P.T.
420 Industrial Dr., Naperville IL
630-355-2299
www.adoptpetshelter.org
Cats and dogs

ALIVE Rescue
2227 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL
773-913-8100
www.aliverescue.org
Cats and dogs

Animal Adoption Associates
Foster homes in Chicago, IL
palsplace1@hotmail.com
www.petfinder.org/shelters/IL174.html
Dogs

Anti-Cruelty Society
157 West Grand Ave., Chicago, I
312-644-8338
www.anticruelty.org
Cats and dogs

ARFhouse
Foster homes in Chicago, IL
773-305-5690
Cats, dogs and small animals

Cats are Purrsons Too / Touched by an Animal
Chicago, IL
773-728-6336
www.touchedbyananimal.org
Cats

Chicago Animal Care and Control
2741 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL
312-744-5000
awos.petfinder.com/shelters/IL132.html
Cats, dogs and other animals

Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation
5272 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL
312-458-9294
www.chicagocaninerescue.org
Dogs

Chicago Cat Rescue
Foster homes in Chicago, IL
773-203-0215
www.chicagocatrescue.org
Cats

Felines and Canines
6379 N. Paulina, Chicago, IL
773-465-4132
Cats and dogs

Harmony House for Cats
3809 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL
773-463-6667
www.hhforcats.org
Cats

Hinsdale Humane Society
22 N. Elm St., Hinsdale, IL
630-323-5630
www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org
Cats and dogs

Lake Shore Animal Shelter
Park Ridge, IL
312-409-1162
www.lakeshoreanimalshelter.org
Cats and dogs

Lovin’ Life Rescue
Foster homes in Chicago, IL
312-636-1200
www.lovinliferescue.org
Cats and dogs

Lulu’s Locker
Foster homes in Chicago, IL
708-325-8581
www.luluslockerrescue.org
Cats and dogs

Naperville Humane Society
1620 W. Diehl Rd., Naperville, IL
630-420-8989
www.napervillehumanesociety.org
Cats and dogs

One Tail at A Time
2144 N. Wood St., Chicago, IL
AnnaOTAT@gmail.com
www.onetail.org
Dogs

PAWS Chicago
1997 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL
773-935-7287
www.pawschicago.org
Cats and dogs

Precious Pets Almost Home
Foster homes in Chicago, IL
773-250-7141
www.preciouspetsalmosthome.org
Cats and dogs

Red Door Animal Shelter
2410 W. Lunt St., Chicago, IL
773-764-2242
www.reddoorshelter.org
Cats, dogs and small animals

Tree House Humane Society
7225 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL
773-784-5488
www.treehouseanimals.org
Cats

West Suburban Humane Society
1901 W. Ogden Ave., Downers Grove, IL
630-960-9600
www.wshs-dg.org
Cats and dogs

Windy City Animal Foundation
Foster homes in Chicago, IL
773-496-8024
www.wecaretoo.com/Organizations/IL/windycityanimalfoundation.html
Cats and dogs

BIRDS

Refuge for Saving the Wildlife, Inc.
Psittacine birds
Northbrook
847-509- 1026

FERRETS

Greater Chicago Ferret Association Shelter
708-442- 8650
www.gcfa.com

RABBITS

House Rabbit Society
847-266- 0068
www.hrschicago.org

Red Door Animal Shelter
2410 W. Lunt, Chicago, IL 60645
773-764- 2242
Mon – Thurs 1 pm – 5 pm; Fri – Sun 12 pm – 4 pm
www.reddoorshelter.org

REPTILES

Chicago Herpetological Society
Adoptions – Linda Malawy
630-717- 9955
www.chicagoherp.org

Petfinder
Enter your ZIP Code to search for animals in your area. Many smaller rescue groups who don’t have a shelter facility post on this site.
www.petfinder.com

Adopt-A-Pet
Enter your ZIP Code to search for animals in your area. Many smaller rescue groups who don’t have a shelter facility post on this site.
www.adoptapet.com

Adopt

When you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you save two lives. The animal you adopt and the one that replaces him.

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