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PHONE: 831-636-4300
FAX: 831-636-4310


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1331 South Street

Hollister, CA 95023

(831) 636-4320

Hours of operation: Tuesday thru Saturday 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Closed Sunday, Monday, the last Saturday of each month and


How To Find Your Missing Pet

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Missing Pet Informative Brochure

We are sorry that you have lost your pet and understand that you are upset. We have prepared the following suggestions to help you find your missing friend. Please spend a few minutes reading them.

  1. Come to the Animal Shelter in person. Visit within two days of losing your pet, and come at least twice a week thereafter.
  2. Return to look as often as possible. We are required to hold stray animals 5 days, though we try to hold them longer. Stray animals sometimes arrive weeks or months after they first disappear.
  3. Look through our kennels yourself. Collars and tags are easily lost, and you are the only one who can positively identify your pet.
  4. Check the Found Column in local newspapers daily.
  5. File a lost report in the office.
  6. Check all neighboring animal shelters as soon as possible. Your pet can run fast and far. Pets are often found by people and taken to the shelter nearest their home.
  7. Call the shelter at least every other day.
  8. Search for your pet. Canvass your neighborhood on foot, by car, during the day and at night. Look in garages, yards, basements, closets, under cars, in shrubbery, and at neighbors' homes, as well as your own.
  9. Call and whistle to your pet. She may be injured, frightened, or trapped and unable to come to you. Hearing your voice may encourage your pet to answer you. Remain in one place long enough for your animal to find you after you call.
  10. Post lost pet notices on bulletin boards in stores, churches, libraries, and around your neighborhood. Include the pet's name, description, a photograph, and your name, address, and phone number.
  11. Advertise in all local newspapers. Some run free lost pet columns, others will charge. Offer a reward, if you like, but do not specify the amount.
  12. Contact local radio stations. Some will make an announcement for you.
  13. Listen to those radio stations that make found pet announcements.
  14. Contact breed clubs if your pet is purebred. They may have information about your animal.
  15. Check with local veterinarian hospitals to see if your animal has been injured.
  16. Tell friends, neighbors, kids, babysitters, mail carriers, etc., that your pet is missing.

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  • Keep ID tags/license on your pet at all times.
  • Keep her confined and walk her on a leash.
  • Train your pet to respond to your commands.
  • Be sure your current address and phone numbers are listed on all registration records.
  • When filling out lost reports or writing a newspaper ad, remember to include the following:
    • Pictures of your pet (where applicable)
    • A description of what your pet was wearing (collar, harness, etc.)
    • A description of your pet's physical characteristics (breed, color, identifying marks such as declawed paws, and physical abnormalities such as one eye)

  • When you find your pet, examine her thoroughly for hidden injuries or signs of illness.

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Local Newspapers

The FreeLance 831/637-5566
The Pinnacle 831/637-6300
The Dispatch 831/842-0420
San Jose Mercury News 831/920-5111

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Neighboring Animal Shelters
South Santa Clara Animal Shelter
12370 Murphy Avenue
San Martin, CA 95046
Monterey County SPCA
Highway 68 Across from Laguna Seca
Monterey, CA 93942
Santa Cruz SPCA
2200 7th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Hollister Animal Shelter
1331 South Street (physical address 375 Fifth Street (mailing )
Hollister, CA 95023

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Local Veterinarians
Animal Hospital
191-F San Felipe Road
Hollister, CA 95023
Ausaymas Veterinarian Clinic
1750 Orchard Road
Hollister, CA 95023
Hollister Veterinarian Clinic
1280 Sunnyslope Road
Hollister, CA 95023

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