Found a Stray?
If you’ve found a stray animal, you have two options for how to help reunite them with their family:
Bring the animal to us.
KHS’ Receiving Department is open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accept stray animals. If you have found a pet during the hours the shelter is closed, please confine it until you can bring it to the shelter.
Locate the owner.
If the pet is wearing an ID tag, attempt to contact the owner with the information provided.
- Take the animal to a vet clinic to be scanned for a microchip. If microchipped, the owner’s contact information may be available.
- Visit KHS to view the bulletin board of “lost pet” flyers to see if there is a match
- Leave a “Found” flyer with a photo and information about where the pet was found at KHS.
- Post “Found” notices and search “Lost” pet notices on the following websites:
Lost a Pet?
If you have lost your pet, it is important be proactive and thorough in looking for your pet as soon as possible.
Visit the Shelter
The only sure way to find out if your lost pet is at the shelter is to come in and look for your pet – you are the only person that can accurately identify your pet.
When a stray animal comes into the shelter, KHS will hold that animal for the legal stray hold time as determined by each municipality – this can be anywhere from 48 hours to four days depending on where the animal was picked up.
Owners of lost pets can visit KHS anytime during business hours to look for their animal. Please note, the shelter is closed to the public on Tuesdays, but owners of lost pets can come to the Receiving entrance between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for assistance.
Take your time walking through the kennels and cattery to be sure you’ve seen all the pets. Also be sure to look at the “Found” flyers posted in the Receiving area.
If your pet is not at the shelter, we advise that you return to KHS at least every other day to look again, as sometimes lost pets stay missing for days (or even weeks) before being brought in.
Call us at (360) 692-6977, ext. 2.
The KHS Lost Pet Phone Line is updated daily with the stray animals that were brought into Kitsap Humane Society within the last 24 hours. On the hotline, we do our best to describe each animal, but descriptions are subjective, and your animal may have been injured, lost weight, lost hair or look different from when you last saw it. If you hear about an animal that sounds like yours, come into the Humane Society to look at it.
Create a “Lost” flyer with a photo of your pet and information about where the pet was lost. Post this flyer at the KHS Receiving area and around the area where your pet was lost.
Search and post online.
Many pets are reunited before ever arriving at the shelter. We recommend that you post a “Lost” report and search “Found” reports on the following websites:
Reclaiming Your Pet
County and local ordinances require Kitsap Humane Society to pick up, care for, shelter, vaccinate, and provide emergency medical care for stray animals. Our contracts with Kitsap County and local municipalities authorize us to charge impound, boarding and vaccination fees to cover the cost of these services.
Pet Reclaim Fees
- Impound fee: $45
- Boarding fee: $20 per night
- Vaccination fee: $45
- Microchip fee: $30 (residents of unincorporated Kitsap County only)
- Pet license fee: If your pet is not already licensed, applicable license fee will apply
- Veterinary fees: Cost of any emergency veterinary care if provided
Since there is no way of knowing if a stray animal has been previously vaccinated, KHS vaccinates all animals against common diseases when they arrive at the shelter. There is no danger to your pet in receiving these vaccines even if it was recently vaccinated.
Kitsap County ordinances require KHS to microchip pets that reside in unincorporated Kitsap County and to collect a fee for implanting the microchip.
Reclamation fees must be paid by cash or major credit cards only.