Lost Pet Services

If you have lost a pet, please visit the shelter located at 7077 Elmwood Avenue at your earliest available opportunity and check our Found Pets list. Our shelter receives animals every day and one of them could be your pet.

We are required to hold stray animals, animals that do not have an identified owner, for five days. After this five day holding period, any stray animal can be put up for adoption, transferred to another shelter, sent to rescue, put into a foster home, and in rare cases, euthanized (only if serious medical issues exist or there are issues of aggression).

As the owner you are the best person to identify your own pet, therefore we cannot tell you with certainty whether your pet is here or not.

File a Report

If you visit our shelter and do not locate your pet, please complete a lost pet report while you are here so we can post it in our kennels and keep an eye out for your pet. Please also provide a picture of your pet if possible. You will need to visit the shelter several times weekly on staggered days to ensure your pet isn’t inadvertently sent to rescue, foster, etc.

We receive a high number of animals in at our shelter and understand that losing a pet can be a very stressful experience.

In this guide, we want to give you resources that you can use to help your pet get home to you faster.

Step 1

Step 2

  • If you have not yet provided one, please send a photo of your missing animal to [email protected] within 24 hours.

Step 3

  • Visit our main shelter location to see if your animal is here. We’re located at 7077 Elmwood Avenue Kansas City, MO 64132 and open Noon-6pm Monday-Saturday and Noon-5pm on Sunday.

Step 4

  • Review KC Pet Project’s Found Animal Photos to see if a pet matching your description has come in.

Please note: Due to the high number of pets we receive we are unable to make a promise to contact you if one fitting your pet’s description enters our care, and submission of a Lost Pet Report does not guarantee that you will be contacted if your missing pet is impounded at KC Pet Project.  You assume responsibility for following up on the receipt of this Lost Pet Report, reviewing KC Pet Project’s found animal photos, and visiting as often as possible (we suggest daily or on staggered days) to find your pet before it becomes available for adoption.  If you have not yet provided one, please send a photo of your missing animal to [email protected] within 24 hours.  Lost Pet Reports are kept on file for 30 days.  If your pet is still missing after 30 days please file a new report.

Reclaim Fee Forgiveness Program

Per our Reclaim Fee Forgiveness Program, any pet that is reclaimed within the first two days of impoundment will not have to pay any intake fees when they reclaim their pets.

Lost Pet Resources

Other things that may help you locate your lost pet

  • Check on social media pages and the Nextdoor app
  • Notify your veterinarian that you lost your pet
  • Notify area veterinarians and provide them with photos of your lost pet
  • Post flyers in your neighborhood
  • Visit other area animal shelters and post lost pet notices
  • Check Craig’s list for “found” pets and post a “lost pet” ad
  • Check local newspapers for “found” pet advertisements
  • Look on Petco Love Lost and register your pet so you can use their facial recognition software
  • Check Lost Dog Registry KC
  • Pawboost is a paid service you can try, too
  • Don’t give up hope. Pets have been found months after getting lost!
  • Additional resources

Websites where you can post your Lost Pet

Petco Love Lost

Rescue Groups

It is always a good idea if your dog is purebred or could be considered purebred to contact rescue groups in the US who specialize in that breed.—If your dog is not pure bred please continue to contact rescue groups just in case!

PetFinder provides a great resource on their website that allows you to search for rescue groups based on their breed as well as based on their location. Dogs are transported to rescues all across the U.S. so don’t be afraid to contact out of state rescue groups as well. 

If You Think Your Pet Was Stolen

If you think there is a chance your dog is stolen please contact the police to fill out a report. Reports are great to have on file in the chance that you find someone who has your dog and won’t give it back. Make sure that you have photos of as many angles as possible of your dogs as they also help in proving ownership. If your pet is microchipped this is THE BEST proof of ownership you can have. If you see someone with your dog the best thing to do is call the police and provide them with any evidence you can (picture, license plate, address) so that they can handle the situation.


If your animal is microchipped please contact the company: ensure your information is current and report your pet as lost. If you do not know if your pet is micro-chipped you can contact the facility that you received your pet from and they can give you the info. If you’re not sure what your pet’s chip is registered with, you can search the chip number. This website will also give you the microchip company’s name, as well as contact information so you can report your pet missing.

If You Find Your Pet

If you are fortunate in finding your pet, we ask that you consider having him/her microchipped as a means of permanent identification. This is a service we offer at the shelter during normal business hours for $25. You do not need to make an appointment to have your pet microchipped.

Also, please make sure your pet is always wearing a collar and ID tags. ID tags can include rabies or license tags, microchip tags, personal ID tags etc. It is important to realize that only 5% of lost pets that are not wearing identification ever get reunited with their owners. Please ID your pet! It is your pet’s ticket home!

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Large Local Shelters

Great Plains SPCA
9800 W. 67th St.
Merriam, KS 66203
Low Cost Vet Care Too!

Humane Society of KC
5445 Parallel Pkwy.
Kansas City, KS 66104
Low Cost Vet Care Too!

Jackson County Regional Animal Shelter
21001 E. 78 Hwy.
Independence, MO 64057
Main Line: 816-621-7722
Lost Pet / Admissions:

7077 Elmwood Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64132

Wayside Waifs
3901 Martha Truman Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64137

Animal Control

***Please keep in mind this list does not include every city in the metro area. If your city is not listed, you are able to use Google or another listed search engine to find your local animal control. We also use this list as a resource to see local animal control phone numbers and rescue groups.***

ALSO please note that the phone number and address listed are specific to that city’s Animal Control. It does NOT mean that animals picked up by that city are brought to that location. Please contact the city’s animal control to see what facility their found dogs are taken to.

Blue Springs
1100 SW Smith
Blue Springs, MO 64015

Excelsior Springs
1298 South Marietta St.
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

3960 NE 76th St.
Gladstone, MO 64119

1200 Main
Grandview, MO 64030

1300 Clearwater Dr.
Harrisonville, MO 64701

875 Vista Dr.
Independence, MO 64056

Kansas City, MO
2534 Prospect Ave.
Kansas City, KS 64127

Kansas City, KS
3301 Park Dr.
Kansas City, KS 66102

Lee’s Summit
1991 SE Hamblen Rd.
Lee’s Summit, MO 64082

1501 E. Old State Route 210
Liberty, MO 64068

North Kansas City
2020 Bedford
N. Kansas City, MO 64116

Oak Grove
1300 S. Broadway
Oak Grove, MO 64075

505 E. Sunvale
Olathe, KS 66061

1201 East St.
Parkville, MO 64152

Pleasant Valley
6801 Sobbie Rd.
Pleasant Valley, MO 64068

10312 E. 63rd St.
Raytown, MO 64133

2990 NW Vivion Rd.
Riverside, MO 64168

1 Helvey Park Dr.
Smithville, MO 64089