If You Found a Pet

coronavirus update on found pets

During the Coronavirus Outbreak. we are asking for our community’s support to help healthy, non-aggressive strays back home safely. If you’ve found a pet in Kansas City, MO, here are some helpful tips to help that pet get back home before bringing it to the shelter. Please note, our Admissions Department has reduced hours at this time.

stray pet kc pet project

Step One: Check for a Collar and Tag. Some pets have a collar with the phone number stitched in.

Step Two: Post a photo of the missing pet on NextDoor, your neighborhood social media group, and your social media accounts. Most stray pets tend to stick close to home.

Step Three: Take pet to nearest vet clinic to check for a microchip.

Step Four: Fill out a Found Pet Report on our website.

Step Five: Create a Found Pet Flyer to post on social media and in your neighborhood.


Lost/Found Pet Flyers

Some things to keep in mind on the flyer:

  • Keep the flyer simple and to the point
  • List the major cross streets where the pet was found since people are more likely to know where those are
  • Post the flyer, pictures of the pet, and the location you found it on Craigslist and social media sites like Facebook and Nextdoor. On Facebook, Swap and Shop pages, and post on your personal page as well as any local lost and found groups and any neighborhood groups you see.
  • Post the flyer and pictures of the pet on FindingRover.com.
  • Put up Found Pet flyers in your neighborhood

What To Do if you’ve found a stray cat or kittens

  • If you’ve found a litter of kittens, it’s best to leave them in the area with the mom who is caring with them. Check out Alley Cat Allies for resources to care for the litter and check out Spay Neuter Kansas City for resources to get the cats altered.

KCMO Animal Health and Public Safety

Currently, Animal Control does not pick up stray pets in Kansas City. They do not pick up healthy or outdoor cats or kittens. For wildlife inquiries, please go to the Lakeside Nature Center website.

KC Pet Project Admissions Department

Due to Coronavirus Outbreak, our Admissions Department currently is open 10:00am-5:00pm daily.

The Admissions Department at KC Pet Project is located at 7077 Elmwood Avenue Kansas City, MO 64132. We are open to the public from 9:00am-6pm Monday-Saturday and from 9:00am-5pm on Sundays . There is a requested $20 donate for any stray drop offs and please bring a valid photo ID. This donation helps the shelter cover the cost of food and medical care for the pet. The pet will be held for at least 5 days on stray hold period to give an owner a chance to reclaim that pet. According to Kansas City, MO ordinance, if a pet is in your possession for three consecutive days, it is considered your pet, and you would then need to make an owner surrender appointment.

Note: We do not accept pets at any other KC Pet Project adoption centers. Only at the KC Campus for Animal Care.

Please check our Lost Pet Resources for other ideas and suggestions.